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.

Head of partnerships and projects

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is entering a new chapter in its growth and is 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 £multimillion 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.

This post attracts a salary of c£70,000 depending on experience, plus benefits.

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 and details of how to apply please visit:

Closing date: 25 February 2019


The NCTJ is looking to recruit individuals with an experienced journalistic background to join our team of essential journalism examiners.

If you are interested in helping to ensure journalism training standards are maintained in line with current industry requirements and can give us a commitment to provide a worthwhile service to young trainees, then we would like to hear from you.

Examiners are provided guidance and training and there is a comprehensive support network throughout our marking teams. Led by chief examiners, you will mark sample scripts and be given a mentor to guide you through the marking process.

Liaising with our senior exams controller, scripts will be allocated to you with a completion deadline. Moderators ensure consistency of standards across all markers and will provide you with constructive feedback each time you mark.

Fees are paid for marking and payment depends on the level and number of scripts you mark.

Key skills required to be an effective examiner are:

Attention to detail
Speed and accuracy
Good organisational skills
Concentration and rigour

NCTJ requirements include:

Evidence of high journalistic standards
Preferably NCTJ qualified
Reference from a senior working editor

If you would like to be considered please email your CV to Rachel Manby, head of quality and assessment, at

Confirmation of appointment is subject to a telephone interview and satisfactory completion of a sample marking exercise.


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.