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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 believes in investing in staff.

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

Vacancy: journalism standards manager

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is looking to appoint a journalism standards manager to run our accreditation scheme and centre approvals process and contribute to the wider work of the awarding organisation and the charity. This is a great opportunity for a manager or senior journalist to play a major part in managing and growing the partnership between the NCTJ and the course providers that deliver our qualifications.

The journalism standards manager ensures that our accreditation scheme and centre approvals process is professionally managed and administered. They play a key role in growing the accreditation scheme and centre approvals process to increase the number of NCTJ-qualified trainees entering the media and related sectors. Our approach to accreditation and centre approval must be clear, proportionate, supportive, rigorous, proactive and risk-based, using information gathered and verified by the NCTJ.

Reporting to the head of awarding, the journalism standards manager implements the accreditation scheme and centre approvals process to ensure centres, their courses and the delivery of our qualifications are of a high standard.


This full-time post attracts an annual salary of £35-40,000 (depending on experience) with probationary, annual and promotion salary reviews. Other financial benefits include a five per cent employer pension contribution, life insurance and company bonus scheme.

Click here to read the job description. Click here for full job information.

How to apply

Applicants should email a full CV and covering letter to Rachel Manby, head of awarding:

Vacancy: Assessment co-ordinator

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is looking for a talented and experienced administrator to develop a career at the NCTJ.

We are passionate about high standards of journalism and the importance of best practice. This could be your chance to help us ensure our qualifications are administered to the highest professional standards. It is an exciting time to be joining the NCTJ as we broaden our customer base and deliver our assessments in an online format.

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

Key responsibilities

The assessment co-ordinator will be responsible for the efficient administration of NCTJ exams and assessments. This will involve organising exam centres, exam papers and documentation, administering marking and moderation, issuing results and certificates, producing reports and general administration and communications.

Skills and experience

We are looking for people who have the following skills and attributes. Experience of administering exams isn’t essential as training will be provided but you must have good administration skills and an excellent standard of English.

  • Sound administration and organisational experience
  • Effective working quickly under pressure and in managing heavy personal workloads
  • Excellent use of English and writing skills
  • Able to plan, prioritise and meet daily deadlines
  • Able to work on own initiative and effectively with team members
  • Typing and data-entry skills, computer literate and confident in use of word, spreadsheets, databases and emails
  • Good interpersonal skills – confident, open, approachable, facilitative and persuasive
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Integrity and confidentiality
  • Accurate, efficient, consistent
  • Friendly with a sense of humour


For this full-time post the NCTJ offers a competitive salary of c£25,000 depending on experience and further training and career development opportunities.

Other benefits include 25 days of paid holiday per annum, company bonus scheme, free life cover and a matched pension contribution of five per cent of salary.

Working environment

The NCTJ has a friendly working environment with a team-working and goal-orientated culture. All our team members are committed to achieving high standards and implementing new ways of working. We are flexible and adaptable to change. We promote work-life balance and support staff who have family responsibilities and particular needs.

Reporting to the assessment manager, the successful candidate will work closely with the other members of the exams team and will liaise with our centres, candidates and employers.

The role is based at the NCTJ’s offices in Newport, Saffron Walden, Essex.

How to apply

Your full 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 Alison Puttock, assessment manager.

Applications should be sent to as soon as possible.

Please see the job information pack for further information about the role and working for the NCTJ.

Finance and audit committee

The NCTJ has experienced considerable growth in recent years, and its finances are becoming more complex. We have therefore established a finance and audit committee (FAC) to formalise and extend the role and remit of the audit committee which met annually to oversee the external audit.

The purpose of the FAC is to assist the directors in fulfilling their obligations and oversight responsibilities specifically relating to financial planning, the audit process, financial reporting, the system of controls and risk management, and to make recommendations to the directors.

We are looking to appoint at least two additional external members (ie those who are not directors of the NCTJ). External members should bring an appropriate range of financial, risk, compliance and audit management skills and experience to the FAC.

The committee normally meets four times a year, and additionally as required.

Expressions of interest in joining the FAC can be made at any time by emailing the chief executive Joanne Butcher:

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