The CIJ is Looking for a New Director

    The deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

    The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) based at Goldsmiths, University of London, is seeking candidates to interview for the position of Director. The founder-director of the CIJ, Gavin MacFadyen, died in October 2016.

    The CIJ has a long and storied history in supporting whistleblowers and journalists working to keep governments and corporations transparent and accountable. We are now entering a new era that needs a leader who can inspire and channel the energies within investigative journalism for this mission. The political climate for civil liberties and press freedom is worsening by the day. Now more than ever we need an organisation to support and train journalists who are working at the coal face to expose injustice and wrongdoing.  

    The CIJ began as an independent, non-profit, foundation supported training organisation in 2003. In 2007, the organisation became a registered charity. The CIJ has a staff of five and conducts training workshops, seminars, boot camps, public talks and bespoke sessions in the areas of data journalism, making sense of business documents, information and operational security, interactive documentary methods and techniques, statistics, cross border investigations, storytelling, media law, covert recording, ethics and the protection of sources.

    The position of Director requires experience in designing and managing actual investigations, and a working familiarity with most of the skills and methods above: not least experience in shoe-leather enquiries. It will be important to develop a strong investigative local journalism strand as well as being able to support international cross border investigative journalistic practice.

    Securing foundation support, knowledge of charities law, public speaking, an openness to collaborate with other organisations including press and internet freedom, human rights, environmental and whistleblower protection, open source and other investigative organisations is essential.

    Similarly as much of current investigative practice is US, European and Latin American based, a working familiarity with foreign journalists, key organisations abroad and major press institutions in these countries is important to enable a continuity of work and to extend the CIJ’s training remit in places where it is most needed.

    The Director will be expected to build alliances for participation in creating innovative annual Summer Conferences and international CIJ Logan Symposia held in the UK and abroad.

    He/she will supervise the accounts and management of the organisation, the statutory reporting requirements of the Board and CIJ funders. An ability to work amicably with staff, trainers, colleagues and mentoring interns is essential.  Connections with government, the security services and large corporations would not assist this work.

    The CIJ has a stellar international reputation for being at the cutting edge of developments in technology and investigative techniques. Applicants should have a vision for the future and a keen interest in how advancing technological developments can enable investigative journalists to do their best work.

    Please email with your curriculum vitae and a cover letter, outlining why you think you would be suitable for the position. 

    The deadline for applications has now passed.

    The salary is between £42-50,000. Part-time arrangements can be discussed.

    It is expected that the interviews will be held 17 March, although there is little flexibility over this date, we are happy to speak to candidates by Skype.

    The CIJ is an equal opportunities employer and we value diversity of experiences and background.

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    Thu 10 February. Goldsmiths, University of London
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    22-24 June 2017
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    Bookings open in March 2017. 
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