Community coordinator

Remote; Candidates should be based in Europe and Eurasia including the South Caucuses and Central Asia; Africa and the Americas. | Full-time | Allows remote


Goals of the role

openDemocracy’s Tracking the Backlash project is a pioneering feminist investigative journalism initiative that challenges organised opposition to sexual and reproductive rights through hard-hitting, high-impact investigative journalism. Led by women and LGBTIQ people, the project also challenges exclusion in the media by forefronting diverse voices on our team, through journalism fellowships, and within our wider network of contributing journalists around the world.

Our work has already had outsized impact – triggering action from lawmakers and social platforms – and is frequently cited in or syndicated by leading international media, including CNN, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, el Pais, the Guardian, and the BBC, and by lifestyle and culture magazines such as Grazia, The Face, and Essence. 

The Community Coordinator is a new role to support two of our key objectives for this phase of the project’s development: 1) Expanding and strengthening our global network of feminist investigative journalists and 2) Dramatically increasing media and public awareness of the backlash against women’s and LGBTIQ rights, and the need for feminist investigative journalism. You will work within a global team with colleagues across Europe, Africa and the Americas. 

Location: Remote; Candidates should be based in Europe and Eurasia including the South Caucuses and Central Asia; Africa and the Americas.

Contract: UK-based £32,000 - £39,000 / Global - bench-marked to local rates

Salary: UK-based £32,000 - £39,000 / Global - bench-marked to local rates

Reports to: Global Commissioning Editor, openDemocracy


 Expand and strengthen the Tracking the Backlash network

  • Increase the number of women and LGBTIQ journalists who are actively involved in the Tracking the Backlash network across the world 
  • Organise and advertise a calendar of year-round activities for the network including virtual meetings and trainings, webinars, workshops, and special calls for pitches
  • Managing our private network mailing list as well as a public-facing email address for other journalists looking for resources or who are interested in collaborating with us
  • Organise the Tracking the Backlash advisory board, to be constituted by the end of 2020
  • Support strategy development to better embed intersectional feminist principles within our network activities and ensure it is structured to tackle exclusion, value lived experience, and encourage meaningful collaboration across backgrounds
  • Support our network members and journalism fellows to gain greater public exposure and recognition of their work, including by identifying and securing opportunities for them to co-publish articles with other publications, or engage in public events or awards

Dramatically increase awareness of Tracking the Backlash’s journalism and approach

  • Organise at least two public events a year in different countries or online, to share our work, findings and approach with new audiences
  • Identify and draft entries for journalism award opportunities  
  • Oversee our social media and newsletter content, develop new strategies to improve them and increase their followings, and produce and post most of this content yourself until additional social media capacity is hired (expected in 2021)
  • Oversee other promotion strategies for special projects including the production and sending of press releases and coordination with partner publications, working closely with editors who have regional or thematic contacts or expertise
  • Identify, develop and oversee new opportunities for us to engage with media industries on feminist investigative journalism

Supporting our learning and work with civil society

  • Support and build engagement with civil society to support Tracking the Backlash’s goals: to reverse the backlash against women’s and LGBTIQ rights and challenge exclusion in the media
  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation of our network’s impact, including by surveying members of our network and fellows, and by auditing and increasing the network’s diversity
  • Monitor global media pickup of our work, and document learnings on narrative frames and press coverage outside of ‘progressive filter bubbles’

Person specification 


- At least three years of experience working in community or network engagement roles within  media or civil society organisations focused on women’s or LGBTIQ rights

- A strong commitment to the goals of Tracking the Backlash: a reversal of the global backlash against women’s and LGBTIQ rights; and a more inclusive, global media ecosystem that forefronts the views and voices of diverse women and LGBTIQ people

- Experience in and willingness to lead a mixture of hands-on and strategic work - from organising trainings to identifying and pursuing opportunities for new partnerships

- Experience producing engaging social media and/or newsletter content, monitoring analytics and experimenting with strategies to grow audiences and engagement 

- Demonstrable experience successfully organising international networks, communities and/or audiences, preferably in a journalistic or women’s and LGBTIQ rights context

- Ability to work independently and within a team, to plan and manage a complex workload, problem-solve and respond swiftly and on deadline to new/unplanned demands

- Ability to represent our project publicly and communicate effectively and persuasively with diverse people, organisations and professionals, in written, spoken and other presentations

- Ability to support team and network members who are working across borders and different contexts, responding to their needs while creating minimal extra work for them

- A clear understanding of why it is important and how to practice a non-judgemental, non-directive and empowering approach to supporting diverse women and LGBTIQ people.


- Strong working knowledge of UK media/defamation law

- Experience creating or commissioning multimedia assets (ex. animations, graphics)

- Professional fluency in more than one language

- Experience with or knowledge of human rights strategic litigation

How to apply

Candidates must be able to provide evidence they have the skills, knowledge and experience detailed in the person specification section of the job description. Candidates must also have enthusiasm and alignment with the specific goals of our feminist investigative journalism project. 

To apply please submit to Recruiterbox your CV and a cover letter including your response to the following questions: What does feminist investigative journalism mean to you? And how would you apply your previous skills and experience to dramatically increasing public awareness of it as our Community Coordinator?

Application deadline: Sunday, 11 October 2020 at 23:59pm (UK time)

If you have any questions about the role please email

openDemocracy is committed to being an equal opportunities employer that values and respects the people who work with us. We positively encourage applications from suitably experienced candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. 

We are open to accommodating family-friendly hours and other caring responsibilities.