Committee to Protect Journalists
Washington, DC

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.


CPJ seeks a Washington D.C. based advocacy manager to expand our engagement with the U.S. government and cultivate a wider base of allies for our press freedom and journalist safety work around the world, including in the U.S.

The Washington Advocacy Manger will work closely with the Director of Advocacy to develop and implement a strategy for enhancing CPJ’s presence in Washington D.C. and ensuring maximum impact for our editorial and program work. A passion for press freedom, experience with government relations, excellent news judgment, and the ability to work proactively are essential to succeed in this role.

A successful candidate will have experience with the Washington policy-making process across the legislative and executive branches and the policymaking and NGO communities and be able to draw on a deep network to promote and defend press freedom.


The Washington Advocacy Manager’s duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage CPJ’s Washington advocacy strategy and media strategy, in conjunction with the Advocacy Director, including integrating global campaigns and regional initiatives.
  • Identify opportunities for CPJ advocacy and engagement with key influencers and policymakers and put in place a system to track and institutionalize this knowledge.
  • Manage Congressional relations, outreach to the State Department, and identify opportunities to raise press freedom issues and ensure the use of CPJ expertise in hearings, resolutions and events.
  • Advocate on behalf of individual journalists and regularize inputs to ongoing processes such as human rights reporting.
  • Track developments and regularly contribute to broader efforts while developing and implementing locally-based advocacy strategies.
  • Help organize events including report launches, panels and partnership events.
  • Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects as needed.


  • A deep interest in and knowledge of press freedom, journalism and human rights
  • At least five years of relevant experience in public advocacy
  • A track record of effective constituency building and engagement
  • Demonstrated experience with government relations and a strong familiarity with Washington D.C.
  • A strong network across the various branches of government
  • Strong writing and editing skills, and attention to detail
  • Monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff
  • A Master’s degree in political science, communications, or a related field
  • A valid work permit for work in the United States

How to apply

Please email a resume, cover letter, a short writing sample and links to relevant social media profiles to Please include “Washington Advocacy manager” in the subject line.

Due to volume, we cannot reply to individual inquiries on the status of applications. If you are selected as a candidate, CPJ will contact you directly to arrange an interview. No phone calls please.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Accepting applications until position is filled.


Job Posted: March 14, 2017