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The Stanley Center for Peace and Security has an exciting opening for a journalism and media program assistant to join our policy programming team and help our mission-driven organization catalyze real-world change.
We are looking for a driven and intellectually curious individual with a passion for journalism, media, and international affairs to contribute to the design and implementation of the center’s journalism and media programming across three areas of focus: climate change, nuclear weapons, and mass violence and atrocities.
Reporting to the director of policy programming strategy and working as part of a two-person team under the day-to-day direction of the journalism and media program officer, the program assistant will help to create workshops, reporting fellowships, investigative reporting projects, story labs, and other programs for journalists and media professionals in the United States and around the world.
This is a full-time position that offers opportunities for international travel, learning, and growth within the organization. Strong candidates will have an interest in global peace and security challenges, policy change, and the news media and information environment, with a bachelor’s degree in the field of journalism/media or a related subject. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Please see below for details on how to apply. Only complete applications will be considered.
The Stanley Center for Peace and Security partners with people, organizations, and the greater global community to drive policy progress in three issue areas—mitigating climate change, avoiding the use of nuclear weapons, and preventing mass violence and atrocities. The center was created in 1956 and maintains its independence while developing forums for diverse perspectives and ideas. To realize our vision of a secure and enduring peace, we design and implement programming activities through projects and partnerships that span the globe. We value independent, accurate journalism and the role journalists and the media play in building better-informed societies, more-accountable institutions, and effective global governance.
Based in Muscatine, Iowa, the center is constructing a new home that will become one of the most ecologically sustainable office buildings in the world.
The Stanley Center offers a competitive pay and benefits package, including health, dental, and vision insurance, paid parental leave, employee assistance program, career development opportunities, fitness reimbursement, tuition assistance, a retirement plan, and much more, and, if hired, the center will reimburse or pay covered relocation expenses.
A key member of the Stanley Center team, the program assistant supports the planning, implementation, and impact assessment of the center’s journalism and media programming across three issue areas—climate change, nuclear weapons, and mass violence and atrocities. All journalism and media programming furthers the center’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
The center believes that independent, accurate journalism plays an important role in building better-informed societies, more-accountable institutions, and effective global governance. In support of this belief, we organize activities such as workshops, reporting fellowships, investigative reporting projects, story labs, and other programs to provide journalists and media practitioners with the information, tools, and training they need to produce reporting that is fact-based and impactful. Our programming is often created and carried out in close collaboration with journalism and media partners around the world. In all these efforts, we uphold and respect the processes and principles of a free and independent press.
The program assistant is a part of the policy programming team, reporting to the director of policy programming strategy and working under the day-to-day direction of the program officer responsible for the center’s journalism and media programming.
Program Support: Because the design and implementation of programming is how the Stanley Center furthers its vision, mission, and goals, the program assistant provides key support to our programming activities as part of a two-person team. As part of program support, the program assistant:
Specific program-support responsibilities of the program assistant include:
External Networking and Relationship Maintenance: Because collaboration with other organizations is a key element of the Stanley Center’s work, the program assistant is a part of networking and maintaining strong and supportive ties with key organizational partners, journalists, editors, and other media professionals. As part of networking and relationship maintenance, responsibilities of the program assistant include:
Learning: Because the Stanley Center has a learning process to help us best understand the impact of the center’s programming, the program assistant is expected to understand and contribute to that process. For the program assistant, this includes:
Team Contribution: Because the Stanley Center values teamwork and collaboration, we expect the program assistant to:
As part of the larger staff team, the program assistant contributes to internal reporting mechanisms, meetings, and processes/procedures as requested. The program assistant may be part of organizational committees or other groups focused on tasks outside of their primary responsibilities.
The ideal candidate will possess:
Additional desirable traits include:
The position requires frequent travel. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
This position is located at the Stanley Center office in Muscatine, Iowa, a unique community of 23,000 people with affordable housing and a variety of recreational opportunities on the Mississippi River. Since its founding in 1956, the center has been intentionally based in Muscatine. Our location provides a valuable vantage point from which to conduct global operations while also continuing the Stanley family’s commitment to fostering inclusive dialogue, celebrating diverse perspectives, and promoting equity locally. We are currently renovating the former public library to be our new home, transforming the space into one of the most environmentally friendly and ecologically sustainable buildings in the world, with plans to move in for fall 2022.
Within commuting distance of Muscatine are Iowa City (population 70,000)—a UNESCO City of Literature and home of the University of Iowa, the renowned Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and nationally recognized University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics—and the Quad Cities area, comprising Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, with a combined population of about 350,000.
While on-site work at the center’s office in Muscatine is mandatory, we offer flexible work hours and allow some remote work each week.
Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application consists of a letter of interest, résumé, references, and a brief writing sample that explains in a clear, direct way how journalism and media interact with policy change. Please send to:
Human Resources Generalist
Stanley Center for Peace and Security
209 Iowa Avenue
Muscatine, IA 52761
E-mail: [email protected]
Deadline for application: This position will remain open until filled.
The Stanley Center is an equal opportunity employer; people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, knowing that diverse perspectives lead to new and better ideas. We cultivate an organizational culture that reflects our vision for freedom, justice, and dignity for all people–one that is antiracist and in which all employees are valued and respected.