Current positions available:

· Staff Attorney

· Director of Development and Outreach

Staff Attorney Position


The Reporters Committee is now accepting applications for a new staff attorney position to support its litigation, amicus brief writing, and pre-production/pre-publication legal work.  This position will provide an early- to mid-career attorney the opportunity to provide needed pro bono legal assistance to journalists and news organizations— including freelance journalists, independent documentary filmmakers, and nonprofit news organizations—and to participate in a full-range of First Amendment and media law projects at the Reporters Committee.

The successful attorney applicant will take a lead role in a Reporters Committee’s initiative to provide pre-publication and pre-production legal services to freelance investigative journalists and independent documentary filmmakers.  The successful applicant will also be expected to support the Reporters Committee’s Legal Defense Director and Litigation Director by drafting amicus briefs, assisting with the supervision of junior legal fellows, and participating in all aspects of the trial and appellate court litigation handled by Reporters Committee attorneys, including motion practice, discovery, brief writing, and hearing/oral argument preparation.

Candidates for this challenging and rewarding position beginning in the fall of 2016 should have two or more years of post-law school litigation experience, such as a judicial clerkship, fellowship, and/or litigation experience with a law firm or public interest organization.  A demonstrated interest in the First Amendment and media law, as well as strong legal writing and strong interpersonal skills are required.  Prior pre-publication and/or pre-production legal experience is preferred.

Applicants should be admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction prior to joining RCFP. Applicants who are not members of the D.C. Bar will be required to seek admission. 

The attorney will be paid an annual salary commensurate with experience, and will receive health and dental benefits.  Upon completion of one year of service, the attorney will be eligible to participate in the Reporters Committee 401(k) retirement plan which currently provides an employer match of 100% of the first 5% of deferrals. 

How to apply:

All applicants must submit the following:

·       cover letter
·       resume
·       names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three references
·       legal writing sample

Applications should be sent (preferably by email) to:

Gregg Leslie
Legal Defense Director
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1156 15th Street NW
Suite 1250
Washington, DC 20005

No phone calls, please.


Director of Development and Outreach


The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is a 45-year-old nonprofit association located in Washington, DC that provides pro bono legal support to journalists and news organizations.  RCFP’s litigation and advocacy work in recent years has grown to include collaborations with technology companies, law school clinics, and startup news sites, and its board is comprised of some of the nation’s leading journalists and editors.

RCFP is now hiring a Director of Development and Outreach to work with its board and executive director to assist the organization in its fundraising and brand-building efforts.  The successful candidate will have a background in development, nonprofit management, and/or media and communications, and will be committed to advancing RCFP’s mission of protecting free expression and First Amendment freedoms. 


  • Researching potential foundation, corporate, and individual donors, working on fundraising solicitations and grant applications, and maintaining a donor database.
  • Planning special events such as RCFP’s annual fundraising gala in New York and conferences on First Amendment and news media issues, including Sunshine Week.
  • Developing relationships with journalists, media lawyers, and current and potential funders with attention to developing RCFP’s brand.
  • Managing RCFP’s social media profiles and other outreach strategies.
  • Producing RCFP publications, including annual report, and assisting in the design of new   website features.
  • Partnering with RCFP’s board and staff to publicize RCFP’s litigation and amicus brief      practices and other advocacy projects.
  • Coordinating regular updates to journalists, lawyers, donors and other constituencies and    liaising with RCFP’s board and executive committee.


Three to five years of work experience demonstrating progressively larger responsibilities in the areas of development, nonprofit management, marketing, or communications.  Candidates should be prepared to show that they can run large projects, plan communications, write compelling content, use a range of word processing and website software, bring success to fundraising efforts, and work enthusiastically with colleagues, donors, journalists, and other partners.


A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required.


Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Full health benefits including dental, as well as long-term disability and life insurance, will be provided.  A 401(k) pension plan is available.


Send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references (with addresses and telephone numbers) to:

Lois Lloyd
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 1250
Washington, DC  20005


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Reporters Committee is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation or veteran status.