Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

Location: United States (East Coast). Applicants may work from home.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

We are seeking an entrepreneurial individual to help implement a game changing legal defense organization to protect investigative reporters worldwide from legal harassment from corrupt government officials, organized crime and other nefarious actors.

About Reporters Shield

Reporters Shield is a new global program defending investigative reporting from legal threats meant to silence critical voices. It is being developed by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Cyrus Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association.

Legal harassment, particularly SLAPP suits (“strategic lawsuits against public participation”), have long been used by the rich and powerful to intimidate journalists, human rights defenders and independent media. Reporters Shield will protect investigative reporting organizations from defamation, libel and other vexatious lawsuits by covering the costs of lawyers, providing training on how to handle legal complaints and offering pre-publication review. Eligible member organizations will pay annual membership fees calculated according to their circumstances. Reporters Shield will function as a legal defense fund shared between members. Beyond providing coverage and protection, the ultimate aims are deterring bad actors from waging these suits and strengthening the entire field of investigative reporting. If you want to join this important movement to protect reporters and build an exciting new organization, please apply below!

Position Overview

Reporters Shield is seeking an experienced administrator with strong communication and relationship-building skills, a passion for investigative journalism and entrepreneurial spirit. This person will work for International Journalism Defense, the non-profit entity of Reporters Shield, and help create the NGO infrastructure. The coordinator will serve as the program’s chief administrator and day-to-day membership manager. They will coordinate the initial vetting process for member organizations with an advisory board, facilitate member intake, and oversee individual case management and data security for members. This person will also communicate with the other two program entities as well as our partner, the Vance Center, to arrange legal defense and related budgeting. Finally, the coordinator will plan and implement additional legal assistance services including pre-publication review, member forums and tools and trainings. Because Reporters Shield is in the start-up stage, the post holder may be asked to carry out other tasks as may be reasonably assigned.

Reports to: Director of Reporters Shield

Supervisory Responsibilities: None but overseeing membership organizations

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Skills and Experience:

Experience with membership management programs and expertise with Salesforce or equivalent CMS systems is essential. Work experience in fields such as journalism, insurance, program management is highly desirable, as is experience with program evaluation and budgeting.

To Apply

To apply, please email your CV and Cover Letter to jobs[at]

All applications must be submitted in English. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Whilst we have internal goals to reply to unsuccessful candidates, we regret that the high number of applicants greatly exceeds our capacity to respond to each person. We apologize that we will not be able to reply to any unsuccessful applicants and are unable to sponsor U.S. work visas at this time.

Reporters Shield is a start-up and does not yet have its own human resources infrastructure. During 2023, Reporters Shield staff will be hosted by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. As an equal opportunity employer, OCCRP values having a diverse workforce and strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We offer competitive compensation and encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, medical conditions, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics. If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process, please contact info[at]

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