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Dear Candidate,

I am delighted you are interested in the new position of head of partnerships and projects at the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Our charity provides a word-class education and training system that develops current and future journalists from all walks of life for the demands of a fast-changing media industry.

The appointment of a new senior executive to our management team is designed to help take the charity to the next stage of its development. This role provides an exciting opportunity to secure, lead and implement high profile partnerships and projects.

Your immediate priority will be to manage a £4.6m charitable donation to the NCTJ from Facebook and to work with the NCTJ team and our partners to make our community news project a big success.

This project, which will recruit and train around 80 community journalists, aims to increase the quantity of quality news stories in under reported areas of England, Scotland and Wales.

Our new head of partnerships and projects will work on a number of our strategic objectives, particularly those related to building our capacity and capability, fostering a culture of continuing professional development, driving forward our agenda for greater equality, diversity and inclusion, sustaining quality journalism and raising our profile as a charity.

Developing new and existing partnerships will involve working to increase the take up of our products and services so that as many media companies, related organisations and journalists as possible understand and benefit from what we offer.

To make a significant contribution to setting and achieving our strategic objectives and to operate effectively in this demanding role you will need an outstanding and broad-ranging skillset.

Ideally from a senior editorial and/or commercial publishing and/or broadcasting background, candidates should have a detailed understanding of the structure of the media industry and the opportunities and challenges it faces. This includes an appreciation of changes in journalism practices and digital developments.

You will need to be a team player with first-class communication skills who can work with stakeholders to devise and implement new projects that will contribute to the sustainability of quality journalism. Successful candidates will also have to enjoy the dealing with the detail of overseeing project management so excellent organisation skills, multi-tasking, planning, prioritising, and working to strict deadlines are all important.

If you have the passion and enthusiasm to make a difference to the future of journalism and work with me and my team to grow the NCTJ we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can contact our advising consultants Peridot Partners.

Joanne Butcher
Chief Executive, National Council for the Training of Journalists


What we do

The NCTJ is an employer-led, industry charity for all media companies and organisations, editors, trainers, and aspiring and professional journalists.

We are committed to world-class journalism training and education, ensuring journalists have the skills they need to do their jobs in a fast-changing world. We uphold rigorous standards of ethical journalism, promote greater diversity in journalism and help journalists build their careers and realise their potential.

Our gold standard qualifications serve four levels of entry into journalism: the foundation certificate; Diploma in Journalism; apprenticeships; and the National Qualification in Journalism.

The NCTJ is involved in various activities and is committed to offering a range of products and services. Key areas of our work include apprenticeships, qualifications, diversity, careers, distance learning, events, accreditation and training courses.

Board members

In common with all charities, the NCTJ exists to help create a better society. The trustees of the NCTJ, our directors, take their responsibilities very seriously and their commitment and energy make a direct difference to journalism training and qualifications and everyone the charity helps. They have the ultimate responsibility for running the charity and exercising all the powers of the NCTJ, and in particular, for its property, finances, strategy and accountability.


In October 2018, the NCTJ appointed Alex Crawford, special correspondent for Sky News, as the charity’s first ever patron. The decision to appoint Alex as patron came after she received the most nominations from journalists who were asked which living journalist they felt most embodies the values of journalism that they respect and adhere to as part of the 2018 Journalists at Work survey. In her role as patron, Alex will be giving talks, running workshops, writing articles, helping with fundraising events and doing all she can to highlight the importance of professional journalism and to promote the NCTJ’s values.


To grow and develop the NCTJ, our values are:

  • Fair, accessible and transparent
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Strong sustainable growth and best use of resources
  • Effective leadership, management and governance
  • High profile, respected and influential
  • Upholding quality, high standards and best practice
  • Open, receptive and responsive to change

Our Annual Report 2017-18

For more information about the NCTJ, please visit our website

about the role

Head of Partnerships and Projects, National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
Location: Newport, Essex – with flexible working considered
Salary: c£70,000, depending on experience, plus benefits

Help create high profile and successful relationships to develop current and future journalists

The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) exists to help create a better society. We provide a world-class education and training system that develops current and future journalists from all walks of life for the demands of a fast-changing multimedia industry. We are entering an exciting new chapter and looking to appoint a Head of Partnerships and Projects to help take the charity to the next stage of its development. 

Reporting to the Chief Executive you’ll secure, lead and implement high profile and successful multi-million-pound charitable initiatives and projects, generate income and manage an annual budget for special projects. As a new role, the successful person will develop new and existing relationships with the media and other organisations and collaborate with the charity’s stakeholders and strategic partners.

You’ll ideally have a detailed understanding of the structure of the media industry, digital developments and the opportunities and challenges it faces. You might have come from a senior editorial and/or commercial backgrounds and you’ll definitely be a senior level high-calibre communicator, collaborator and team player with commercial acumen in bucketloads.

You need to be able to think strategically as well as being adept at dealing with the detail - so strong management, analytical and administration skills are all important. You should have a passion for journalism and a positive commitment to helping sustain its future. Your track record in large scale projects should speak for itself. You will need to innovate, instigate and manage change, people and large-scale projects, think strategically, multi-task, plan, prioritise, audit, evaluate, bid, budget and work to strict deadlines. 

While this job does require UK travel, we have a dedicated team of staff based in a converted granary in the lovely North Essex village of Newport, only 30 seconds walk from the Newport train station, and just one hour by train to London Liverpool Street.

We’re very friendly and we’re all very passionate about what we do – this comes across in the way we work and our organisational values. We pride ourselves on recruiting high performing people who are flexible in their approach and adaptable to change. This extends to how we see our work-life balance and we support staff who have family responsibilities or might have particular needs. Flexible working arrangements are also considered.

This high-profile new role is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive contribution to the future sustainability of quality journalism in the UK. If you feel you have the skills, experience and passion we are looking for, we look forward to hearing from you.

For more information on this position, please visit the 'HOW TO APPLY' section.

Closing date for formal applications: 9am, Monday 25th February 2019


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