1972 Associate Director & Editor, Center for International Media Assistance

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | CIMA | Full-time


Associate Director & Editor, Center for International Media Assistance – (Job #1972)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.


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


  • Knowledge/Experience:
  • 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


  • Competencies:
    • 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



To Apply:

 Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1972 Associate Director & Editor, CIMA – YOUR NAME in the subject line.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org