Program Director

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



2000 M St. NW
Suite 250
United States


The International Center for Journalists, ICFJ, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, is seeking a program director to work in programs. The program director works closely with senior management in identifying key objectives for ICFJ programs and managing individual programs worldwide. They oversee implementation of program activities, program budgets, write funder reports, and manage grant compliance. Applicants should have experience with U.S.-government-funded programs. The program director supervises program managers, officers or assistants.


o  Takes responsibility for all aspects of program implementation

o  Develops project-management plan for every program

o  Oversees implementation of program activities

o  Oversees program budgets

o  Manages staff/staff time

o  Writes and/or edits monthly, quarterly, progress and/or final reports for funders

o  Responsible for grant compliance

o  Responsible for funder relations/reports

o  Creates and supervises activities timeline(s)

o  Develops and implements monitoring and evaluation plan

o  Develops/oversees implementation of program communications

o  Works with New Initiatives on design of new programs for proposals

o  Reviews proposals: activities, timelines

o  Reviews budgets

o  Represents ICFJ at conferences, meetings and other events that involve participants, partners, board members and funders


A successful candidate will demonstrate the following competencies:

●     Knowledge of federal-grant regulations; understanding of best journalistic practices; understanding of program implementation including logistics, timelines, budgets, monitoring and evaluation, deliverables and impact

●     Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to multitask, anticipate issues and meet deadlines

●     Work both independently and as a team member in a diverse, fast-paced environment

●     Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills

●     Great at engaging people from a variety of backgrounds and professional levels

●     Bring new ideas that produce high-quality results

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish fluency required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


●     Experience managing federal grants, particularly USAID/DRL funded programs

●     Experience managing multi-million-dollar grants

●     Journalism experience*

●     Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree is preferred

●     Minimum of five years relevant work experience in non-profit grant management and/or relevant journalism role

●     Demonstrated experience with databases, including Salesforce, and new digital technology

●     Demonstrated analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills

●     Demonstrated written communication skills; strong English-language skills

●     Experience using social media

●     Spanish fluency required.

This position will be based in Washington, D.C. It may include periodic travel throughout the US and abroad. Local candidates strongly preferred. ICFJ typically does not cover relocation expenses.

The application deadline is October 14. Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter with salary requirement, and three references with contact information using this form: Only complete applications will be considered..