Director of Communications

International Women's Media Foundation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    May 21

Position description

The IWMF is challenging the status quo and drawing attention to the gender disparity in the news. Women are continuously underrepresented within the newsroom. In sixteen years, the number of women in newsrooms has increased less than 1%. That number is declining for minorities. This inequality of voices leads us to question, 'Can the press really be free without all perspectives present?' 

We are a small but mighty group dedicated to giving female journalists an equal voice. We oppose all attempts to silence the truth. We are the only organization that offers emergency support, safety training, global reporting opportunities and funding for both staff reporters and freelancers, all specifically tailored for women. We are making more women’s bylines possible, working tirelessly to ensure a greater diversity of voices represented in the news industry worldwide.

Why work here?

  1. We have a culture of empowerment and equality where everyone can see the value that they are adding.
  2. Our Board of Directors is active and passionate in supporting our mission.
  3. Our programs make a real impact, and are recognized by the journalism community as adding to their skills and safety.
  4. We are an equal partner with many of the other leading organizations in our field.
  5. The IWMF is a great place to work, learn and have fun.

What we do?

  • Awards: More than 100 female journalists from 56 countries recognized with Courage Awards.
  • Grants: 3,330+ grant applications received | $840,000+ in funds awarded | 110+ grantees
  • Reporting trips: 4,000+ reporting trip applications received | 200+ fellows selected | 30+ 2-week reporting trips across Africa and Latin America
  • Local Fellowships: 50+ year-long reporting fellowships have begun for journalists in Africa and Latin America
  • Emergency Assistance: nearly $300,000 provided to 70+ journalists in crisis
  • 650+ publications produced by our grantees and fellows for: The Washington Post | The Los Angeles Times | The New York Times | BBC | The Associated Press | EFE | Reuters | Folha de Sao Paulo | National Geographic | Foreign Policy | Harpers | The Atlantic | TIME | Cosmopolitan | PBS NewsHour | NPR | and many, many more
  • In 2017 alone, we provided $3.1 million in direct support to female journalists.

Are you passionate about helping others? Can you integrate PR and communications? Are you a creative strategist who can execute on that strategy? Do you have a great sense of the news cycle and how an organization can stand out among the noise? Are you well versed in the varied ways that audiences consume the news and where to focus efforts depending on those audiences? Are you psyched to work within a majority female organization that welcomes male allies? Do you thrive with unpredictability and are able work across departments to achieve our Mission? If so, then you are the right person for us.

Your role will be to develop and implement a comprehensive PR and communications strategy with clearly identified tools and tactics for marketing of programs and events, external and internal communications; including:

  • Leveraging our Unique Value Proposition to increase awareness and support of IWMF among key constituencies.
  • Crystalizing the key messages for each of our core audiences.
  • Developing and executing on earned media strategies for our core program areas and organization.
  • Cultivating relationships with reporters, editors, and producers that result in extensive coverage.
  • Writing and editing materials for press: opeds, press releases, talking points, issue statements.
  • Planning and managing media-facing events.
  • Conducting outreach for and coordinating earned media at all IWMF events and ceremonies.
  • Contributing to the IWMF’s thought leadership position and securing critical speaking engagements, guest columns, and other opportunities for the IWMF.
  • Cultivating relationships with media distributors, publishers, and celebrities.
  • Producing content for IWMF internal materials as well as in response to outside requests, including annual impact reports, our public facing website, and social media.
  • Developing social media campaigns to bring awareness of the IWMF’s key issues.
  • Producing stories around IWMF programs and constituencies.
  • Engaging networks of fellows and program alumni to maximize outreach.
  • Managing consultants working to support the communications role.
  • Establishing complete metrics for evaluating and measuring success.

Application instructions

Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on

follow us on Twitter