Working for the NCTJ

The NCTJ has a dedicated team of staff based in a converted granary in the lovely North Essex village of Newport, near Saffron Walden. We have a friendly working environment with a team-working and goal-orientated culture.

Everyone is very committed to the organisation's values, achieving high standards and implementing new ways of working. All staff are flexible in their approach and adaptable to change. As a charity, we are cost conscious and efficient. We take great care over recruitment and training as we regard our staff as vital to our success.

The NCTJ is an equal opportunities employer and is an Investor in People.

We also employ examiners and rely on volunteers who are committed to professional journalism and our charitable activities.

Vacancy: Accreditation manager

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is to appoint an accreditation manager to run the industry’s accreditation scheme and contribute to the wider work of the charity. 

This is a great opportunity for a talented senior journalist to play a major part in managing the partnership between the NCTJ and the course providers that deliver the industry’s qualifications.

The NCTJ accredits more than 80 journalism courses at 40 universities, colleges and independent providers. Accreditation provides a fair and robust system for recognising courses that are providing world-class journalism training and delivering gold standard NCTJ qualifications.

Following recent radical changes to our qualifications and accreditation standard, it is an exciting time to be our accreditation manager and to be involved at the heart of our new approach to accreditation.

Job overview

The accreditation manager ensures that the accreditation scheme is professionally managed and administered. Our approach to accreditation must be clear, proportionate, supportive, rigorous, proactive and risk-based using information gathered and verified by the NCTJ.

Reporting to the head of quality and assessment, the accreditation manager implements the accreditation scheme to ensure centres, their courses and delivery of our qualifications are of a high standard. 

Key job responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of an accreditation strategy that ensures accredited courses produce employable skilled journalists.
  • Implement and administer the accreditation scheme, assessing risks and results, seeking feedback, providing support for centres and ensuring high standards and continuous improvement.
  • Contribute to the success of our events and training courses.
  • Help ensure the journalism content of NCTJ qualifications, products and services is accurate and of high quality. Assist with exam setting, marking, moderation and quality assurance as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the charity’s communications activities.

Skills and experience

We need an NCTJ qualified senior journalist who subscribes fully to our vision, values and standards. Ideally with a good grasp of journalism and education and training issues, candidates will be digital-savvy, passionate about high journalism standards, highly organised, proactive team players and good communicators with excellent relationship management and administration skills.

The successful candidate will need to have a forensic attention to detail and demonstrate a methodical and systematic approach in order to be able to administer our accreditation scheme effectively. We are particularly keen for journalists who have experience of investigative and data journalism to apply as the accreditation manager will need to interpret data and work with spreadsheets and databases.

Equally important are relationship building skills, experience of implementing change and innovating, dealing with people and managing projects, multi-tasking, planning and meeting strict deadlines.


This full-time post attracts an annual salary of c£30,000 (depending on experience) with probationary, annual and promotion salary reviews. It includes a 5 per cent employer pension contribution, life insurance and company bonus scheme. There are staff events and personal development training opportunities and a great working environment. The job is based at our lovely offices in the North Essex village of Newport near Saffron Walden. We promote work-life balance and support staff who have family responsibilities and particular needs. The NCTJ is an Investor in People at gold level.

How to apply

Applicants should email a full CV and covering letter to Rachel Manby, head of quality and assessment

Closing date: Monday, 26 February 2018.

For further information about the NCTJ and the role click here.


Experienced journalists are also needed to assist with the delivery of the NCTJ’s professional qualification – the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ). If you are interested in taking part, please contact Andy Summers, examinations controller responsible for the NQJ.

Editors are invited to join accreditation panels on visits to NCTJ course providers. If you would like to have an involvement in assessing the industry’s training standard, please contact Jan Alder, PA to chief executive.