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About the IWMF:

The IWMF is a non-profit media development organization advancing gender equity in the news media. We work to unleash the power of women journalists to transform the global news media. Our fellows and grantees become experts in reporting in underserved regions, generate must-read stories, align with top outlets, and bring critical issues affecting women and others to light. We are the only organization that provides safety training, byline opportunities, and emergency support tailored to women journalists and photographers around the world.

Position Summary:

The IWMF seeks a Program Coordinator to support a new multi-year news initiative focused on addressing violence against Native American women and girls in the United States. The program is a 4-year, $10M news initiative fully funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF) in partnership with the IWMF to bring awareness to Native American women and girls who have been trafficked, gone missing, been murdered, or are otherwise exploited.

The Program Coordinator will support the initiative鈥檚 Director in building a media ecosystem to enhance reporting on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) by employing a variety of strategies including: supporting journalists, with a focus on Native journalists, through newsroom partnerships and individual fellowships; making investigative grants and supporting team reporting projects; building resources for journalists to better report on the issue; and supporting the communities impacted by this crisis to transform how they engage with the news media. Reporting produced by this initiative will contribute to a fuller understanding of the scope of the crisis; tell the stories of missing, murdered, and exploited women with dignity and respect; and proactively identify solutions to better address gender-based violence affecting Indigenous women and girls.

The Program Coordinator will report to the Director of the initiative.

Primary responsibilities:

路 Support implementation of the IWMF鈥檚 initiative addressing MMIWG in the U.S:

o Contribute to annual work plans

o Coordinate meetings with the Advisory Committee

o Support monitoring the program budget and all reporting requirements to the funder.

路 Support grantmaking and major media partnerships:

o Assist in grantmaking selection processes

o Support implementation of media partnerships including grants for investigations, videos, and podcasts.

o Support events planning and community engagement activities tied to media partnerships.

路 Support training and newsroom fellowship programs:

o Ensuring that Indigenous voices are at the center of IWMF supported narratives on MMIWG, support Director in implementing programming to provide Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists with the training, resources, and ongoing support to conduct comprehensive, sustained investigative reporting on the issue.

路 Perform other duties as assigned as appropriate to the needs of the IWMF and its operation.


One to three years relevant work experience. Knowledge of Indigenous issues, and MMIWG required. Knowledge of journalism and U.S. news industry, experience working with tribal media and Indian Country strongly preferred. Previous grantmaking experience and/or data management experience a plus. Must be eligible to work in the United States. Indigenous candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Skills and Values:

路 Excellent problem solving and organizational development skills.

路 Cultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

路 Experience working with contacts in media, advocacy, government, academic and other sectors in diplomatic and professional manner.

路 Solutions oriented approach a must.

路 Fluency in English, including excellent written and oral communications skills.

路 Passion for IWMF鈥檚 mission, enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to motivate others, and a sense of humor required.

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