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: Journalism Skills Academy manager

The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) is looking for a talented manager for its new Journalism Skills Academy.

The NCTJ is the media industry’s training charity, a professional body, awarding organisation and training provider.

The Journalism Skills Academy was launched to wide acclaim last year and is the one-stop shop for journalists at all stages of their careers to develop their skills and advance their knowledge. Career-long support for journalists is a vital service the NCTJ is planning to provide on a much bigger scale so this is a fantastic opportunity to play a major role in revitalising a culture of professional development in our sector.

We are looking for an experienced manager and team player who can help us develop the JSA’s products and training programmes.

The ideal candidate will have experience of managing projects and developing products, and an understanding of the journalism and media sector. It will be an advantage to have experience of training delivery and developing e-learning products but those with transferrable skills and the enthusiasm to learn something new would be very welcome to apply.

In return for your hard work, we provide a competitive salary, a great working environment and help to develop your skills and extend your experience.

The NCTJ is looking for someone with the ability to revolutionise our training provision under the banner of the Journalism Skills Academy. You must be able to plan ahead, be thorough and have an eye for detail – and you must also be able to think on your feet. You will bring new ideas to the team and be able to multi-task, prioritise and work efficiently to tight deadlines.


Experience of journalism and/or training delivery and products is preferred but we are happy for someone to grow into the role. We are looking for people who have positive and proactive attitudes and an appetite to learn, progress and make a difference. With the NCTJ expanding its work in many areas, this is a great opportunity to help shape new training programmes and products for journalists.


Experience with Moodle – or a similar platform – is an advantage but not a prerequisite.


You will have a friendly, professional and confident manner in dealing with people at all levels and from different backgrounds and all walks of life. 


All staff at the NCTJ must have an excellent standard of English and good writing ability as well as digital and IT skills.

This full-time post attracts an annual salary of £40,000-£45,000 (depending on experience) with probationary, annual and promotion salary reviews.


Other financial benefits include a five per cent employer pension contribution, life insurance, company bonus scheme and 25 days of holiday.


There are staff events and personal development training opportunities and a great working environment. We are currently working remotely but the job is normally based at our lovely offices in the North Essex village of Newport near Saffron Walden and may involve some UK-wide travel. We promote work-life balance and support staff who have family responsibilities and particular needs.

How to apply

Your curriculum vitae and covering letter, detailing why you would like to be considered for the position and stating your current salary, should be addressed to Will Gore, head of partnerships and projects.

Applications should be sent to our recruitment consultant, Kevin Butler at [email protected] by the closing date of Monday, 5 April 2021.

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The NCTJ is looking to recruit individuals with an experienced journalistic background to join our team of digital and data 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 assessment manager, 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 [email protected]

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 Emma Robinson, accreditation manager.