The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) supports media freedom, the right of the media to work without fear of reprisal or intimidation, and is committed to encouraging ethically-driven, high-quality media.
Position: Executive Director (12-month contract)
Sanef requires the services of an experienced journalist or media practitioner who is passionate about media freedom to oversee the day-to-day administration of Sanef and drive our programs of action.
The director will be the “voice and face” of Sanef and effectively communicate Sanef’s views in the media and on other institutional forums.
This position is based in Johannesburg and reports directly to Sanef’s management committee and council.
The successful candidate would be expected to initiate meaningful interventions to promote the free-flow of information in the public interest between government structures, business and the media.
In addition, the successful applicant must have proven fundraising abilities which require leadership qualities and excellent interpersonal skills to handle and motivate potential donors in and outside the media industry. The director oversees Sanef’s various social media platforms and communication with members and the public.
The director should be a vocal media freedom advocate and initiate campaigns against efforts to suppress the free-flow of information and muzzle freedom of expression. This includes initiating and driving legal proceedings. The director will be Sanef’s spokesperson. The candidate will be required to liaise closely with other non-governmental organisations who champion freedom of expression.
To qualify for this senior position, the applicant should preferably be:
• A graduate with knowledge of various media platforms and industry issues, including journalism experience;
• Management experience;
• Able to structure and manage a budget;
• Proven ability to campaign for media freedom;
• Established network of government and private sector contacts;
• Have knowledge of drafting and presenting fundraising proposals;
• Be prepared to work outside of normal office hours, and
• Be prepared to travel from time-to-time.
Commensurate with your skills and experience we offer a negotiated salary and a range of attractive fringe benefits which can be expected of prestigious non-governmental organisation such as Sanef.
Please forward your CV with a cover letter latest by November 28, 2016 to the Sanef office administrator, Ms Mathipa Chepape on firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Block A. Richmond Forum, Ground Floor, 18 Cedar Avenue, Richmond, Johannesburg 2092 (next to Johannesburg Country Club in Auckland Park).