Journalism Development Network - Deputy Managing Editor

The Journalism Development Network (JDN), operating as OCCRP (the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project), is one of the world’s largest investigative reporting organizations. Headquartered in Sarajevo, and with a staff of over 100 employees around the world, our network of independent media centers in over two dozen countries produces ground-breaking cross-border investigative stories.

In just the last few years, we’ve published the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers, the Troika, Azerbaijani, and Russian Laundromats, and many other large, collaborative, investigative projects.

We’re not done yet — and we need you. JDN (OCCRP) is looking for a talented, ambitious, and tenacious deputy managing editor to help us run (and improve) our unique — and uniquely challenging — editorial workflow.

This is a leadership position on the “core” editorial team, which commissions and accepts stories from a network of member centers, regional editors, and freelance journalists that stretches across the world. The production of these stories requires rapid, effective coordination with their authors and originating editors, as well as our other departments, such as security, technology, data, and research.

This is a demanding position. It requires exceptionally good news judgement and journalistic sense, excellent editing skills, the ability to “sell” difficult edits to stubborn writers, comfort juggling competing demands, the ability to work effectively with both more and less senior editors, and much more. In return, you assume a key role at an organization that, for years, has been on the leading edge of investigative journalism.


  • Experience leading a team of editors is highly desired. Any previous collaborative editorial work is also very welcome.

  • You must have experience, familiarity, and comfort working with writers and editors from different cultural backgrounds, levels of experience, and language proficiencies.

  • Exceptional organizational skills are key. Project management experience is a plus.

  • You must be a “self-starter” — someone whose initiative will drive the organization forward. This is a leadership position, and we want to find a candidate who will take maximum advantage.

  • Of course, your usual editorial skills are crucial. You must be an excellent slinger of copy — able to polish sentences, paragraphs, and stories (often written by non-native speakers) until they shine.

  • You must be thick-skinned and able to handle the rigors of a demanding workplace. There is little time for hand-holding. You must be proactive, improvisational, and able to take charge with little guidance.

  • You must be well-versed in international politics, corruption, and organized crime.

  • Native English language skills are a must; other language proficiency, particularly Russian, is a plus. A strong familiarity with the former Soviet region also helps.

If you’re interested, please send a resume, cover letter, and several clips or writing samples by 06 September, 2019.

All applications must be in English. We regret that we are not able to reply to unsuccessful candidates.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Azerbaijani (Preferred)

  • Russian (Preferred)