The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has launched a search for a new executive director following the decision of Malou Mangahas -- PCIJ executive director over the last 11 years -- to retire effective December 31, 2019.

Under Malou’s leadership, PCIJ has met the challenges of doing watchdog reporting under a more restrictive political environment, sustaining groundbreaking journalism built on a nonprofit model, and building massive relational databases on politics, politicians, elections, and public funds. A co-founder and member of the PCIJ Board of Editors, Malou had also served as PCIJ's first training director from 1990 to 1994. She has been a leading light in defending press freedom and the right to information in the country.

Malou will continue to write for PCIJ and host the long-running weekly public-affairs program “Investigative Documentaries” that is produced by GMA NewsTV and airs worldwide on GMA News International. She has now opted to focus on more intensive journalism projects, and devote more time to achieving work-family balance.

The PCIJ is currently doing a search for a successor even as transition work has commenced with Floreen Simon, PCIJ training director, as officer-in-charge, and senior reporter Karol Ilagan as coordinator of the Editorial Desk.

PCIJ is seeking a strategic thinker and doer who will work with the board to define and implement a strategic vision that takes account of the changing news and information landscape. It welcomes candidates who understand the digital and data worlds and new forms of storytelling and audience engagement. Familiarity with investigative, data, and digital journalism; journalism training; and civic engagement on media freedom, freedom of information, public accountability, and good governance, among other public policy issues, is preferred.

Deadline for applications is March 31, 2020. For the full job description and to submit applications, interested parties may contact search.pcij@gmail.com.