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Washington, DC Full Time Posted by: National Endowment for Democracy Posted: Thursday, 26 March 2020

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Associate Director & Editor for the Center for International Media Assistance with the NED. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) is a specialized think tank with links to international cooperation on democracy and governance. CIMA is dedicated to improving global efforts to promote independent media in developing countries. CIMA strives to build a foundation of knowledge for media development donors, implementers, and civil society actors on best practices and solutions for improving media systems. We do this because we believe media plays an indispensable role in the creation and development of sustainable democracies.

Position Summary:

The Associate Director & Editor of CIMA will join a small, collaborative team and reports to CIMA's Senior Director. The position is responsible for managing all aspects of CIMA's publications program, from conception of report ideas to supervising writers, editing publications, and overseeing the publications process. The candidate will have influence over a critical set of important publications that have helped to define the global media development field. The candidate will manage and evaluate the work of a small staff and a network of consultants, and will play a central role in helping to define CIMA's strategy, events, and substantive outputs.

The Associate Director & Editor takes high-level responsibility for the development of staff as well as overall teambuilding. The incumbent will also be encouraged to develop areas of personal interest and scholarship within the media development field and produce reports, blogposts, and other publications that help advance our understanding of global media systems, media governance, and media development support by donors. The job involves regular engagement with the National Endowment for Democracy on its efforts to support democratic transitions around the world, acting as an expert on panels and committees in Washington and other world capitals, and deepening CIMA's institutional partnerships for impact and effectiveness.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary and strategic leader, with a demonstrated ability to engage creatively and substantively with other research-oriented organizations, including universities, think tanks, policy institutes, government, and media. The candidate will lead CIMA's efforts to rethink its publications program in light of the constantly shifting world of media and technology, helping to develop a strategy for higher levels of impact, and expanding CIMA's reach beyond traditional publication platforms to digital media and video.


Manage the conceptualization, fine-tuning, and production of CIMA's research reports, including the generation of appropriate illustrations and informational graphics
Manage staff and expand CIMA's network of talented writers, analysts, and researchers
Work with writers on concepts and deliverables
Draw up and manage contracts
Respond to authors' queries and requests for guidance
Review and oversee fact-checking and copy editing
Proofread final layout and oversee design process with external design firm
Research and write original pieces for CIMA (profiles, briefing papers, blog posts)
Build knowledge and expertise on media development, governance, aid effectiveness and democracy support programs
Serve as expert and moderator for public events both at CIMA and with media development partners around the globe
Develop areas of regional expertise to better understand the needs and gaps in media development. For example, focusing on an area of the world, building a network of partners and experts who can contribute to CIMA publications
Assist the Senior Director in day-to-day team management, such as monitoring and managing efficient and appropriate use of staff time and other NED resources, helping the Senior Director set management and workflow priorities, and seeking process improvements
Assist the Senior Director in resolving management issues relating to staff performance, team dynamics, and other personnel matters
Supervise and mentor junior staff and act on behalf of the senior director when needed
Other duties as assigned, including occasional travel

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline is required; graduate degree or equivalent knowledge and experience is preferred
11+ years' of progressively responsible work experience in editing, research, or journalism; 4 years' management experience preferred
Demonstrated record of publications management is required
Demonstrated experience producing original, substantive written material and/or published investigative work is highly desired
Background in international development, governance, public policy reform, or democracy assistance programs desired

Other Qualifications:
Knowledge of international media issues and/or democracy promotion programs
Regional expertise and interest, such as Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Central Asia or Africa
Native-level proficiency in English is required; proficiency in a foreign language desirable
Willingness and ability to travel
Authorized to work in United States

Demonstrated leadership and management skills
Ability to learn and grasp new technologies
High degree of organization and initiative
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Excellent oral and written communication skills

Washington, DC, United States of America
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3/26/2020 5:31:20 PM

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