May 17, 2021

Opportunities

Korea Risk Group is currently hiring for the following roles with NK News/NK Pro:


Membership Executive (Remote, North America)

Korea Risk Group – the company which produces the specialist NK Pro and NK News services – is seeking an Account/Sales Manager to join our team remotely in the North American time zones. 

Working under the Member Coordinator, the Membership Executive will focus primarily on (1) managing existing client relationships and ensuring optimal renewal rates; (2) selling additional institutional accounts according to quarterly targets set by the Member Coordinator.

With strong communication skills and a proven sales record, the Membership Executive will take ownership of growing the company’s subscription base while taking excellent care of existing clients.

Responsibilities will include selling the NK Pro product to qualified leads, managing on-time member renewals, onboarding new members, and ensuring that all existing members get as much value as possible from their use of NK Pro.

Ideal qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least two year(s) sales experience
  • A track record of institutional/B2B sales
  • Proficiency with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems
  • Good knowledge of North Korea issues and broader regional affairs (highly preferred)
  • Knowledge of NK News and NK Pro platforms, familiarity with our journalists’ work and data offerings
  • Understanding of differing requirements of users within fields of government, academia, think tanks, media, and business sectors
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills

Interested? Send a resume and cover letter explaining why you’re suited for the position to [email protected] by May 28, 2021

Salary: A base-level salary of $2,000 per month, paid on an hourly basis, will be offered alongside an excellent commission package that can result in six figures or more of annualized compensation.


Data Correspondent (Seoul, Republic of Korea)

NK Pro is seeking a hard-working, tenacious, and creative reporter/analyst to work as Data Correspondent in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Working with the Managing Editor in Seoul – and in coordination with other Seoul-based team members – the desired candidate will be expected to identify and write news and analysis of developments from the North Korea-related sanctions, trade data, maritime and aviation sectors.

If you’re looking to make an impact with data-driven work on North Korea, writing for NK Pro is the way to go. In our 11th year of operation, NK News/NK Pro is the industry leader in English language news, analysis and opinion on North Korea. We have one of the most influential reader bases in this field, with a significant client list that includes: Every foreign ministry of prominence with an interest in DPRK issues (we are also read closely in Pyongyang); Military and intelligence of all key countries following the peninsula; Scores of leading universities in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Oceania focusing on Korean studies; The full UN system, all key NGOs and humanitarian groups; All major news agencies and news outlets writing on the Koreas; Major banks, financial institutions and global companies.

Ideal qualifications:

For this role, we are seeking an individual with a proven track record of working on all or some of the beats required in this role: sanctions, trade data, maritime activities, and aviation.

The successful candidate will have strong expertise in data analysis, investigative research, trade issues, or sanctions reporting. The role requires a highly analytical and inquisitive mind, creative problem-solving skills, strong writing and statistics skills, and investigative vigor that enables the candidate to get to the bottom of complex trade networks or opaque corporate constructs.

Qualifications ideally include:

  • Demonstrable interest in North Korea-related issues
  • Strong Bachelor’s degree in journalism, computer science, statistics, economics, or related fields
  • Experience in data journalism, investigative research, trade issues, or sanctions reporting
  • Strong interest in business, economics, sanctions, counter-terrorism, and global trade
  • Ability to articulate how insights gained from original research impact clients in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Strong English writing skills, and ability to produce accurate content on tight deadlines
  • Ability to read Chinese or Russian is a plus

Interested? Send a resume and cover letter explaining why you’re suited for the job to [email protected] by May 28, 2021

Salary: A salary of between 4-6M KRW will be offered, based on experience level, as well as four national insurances and 25 days of paid annual leave (inclusive of Korean national holidays).


General Assignment Correspondent (Seoul, Republic of Korea)

NK News is seeking a hard-working, tenacious, and creative reporter to work as a General Assignment Correspondent in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Working with the Managing Editor in Seoul – and in coordination with other Seoul-based reporters – the desired candidate will be expected to regularly write news and features, cover breaking news, attend North Korea events and conferences, develop a network of sources, and work on in-depth investigations. We are seeking a journalist with a proven track record in breaking stories, who can work independently and creatively to enhance our coverage of DPRK-related issues at an increasingly important time.

Early mornings will often be required (6-8AM KT) in order to cover stories in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone before the publication of our morning newsletters, though this period can be worked on a remote basis.

Ideal qualifications:

  • Demonstrable interest in North Korea affairs/U.S. policy in East Asia
  • Ability to work for extended periods independently, but also strong socializing skills and networking abilities
  • Two years of experience in journalism
  • Good knowledge of social media
  • Knowledge of NK News and NK Pro platforms, familiarity with our work
  • Willingness to work some irregular hours on stories and developing source networks
  • Korean language abilities are an advantage

Interested? Send a resume and cover letter, explaining why you’re suited for the job, as well as three journalistic writing samples, to [email protected], by May 28, 2021.

Salary: A salary of between 2.5-3.5M KRW will be offered, based on experience, covering the four national insurances and 25 days of paid leave each year (inclusive of Korean national holidays).


State Media Monitoring Specialist (Seoul, Republic of Korea OR Remote, Asia or Oceania)

NK News/NK Pro is seeking a hard-working, tenacious, and creative North Korea watcher to work as a State Media Monitoring Specialist in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Working with our Seoul-based team members, the desired candidate will be expected to proactively and closely monitor DPRK TV, radio and online output, flag topics of possible news value to in-house staff, create a daily monitoring product for the NK Pro service, as well as to write trend and event-driven analysis.

Early mornings will often be required (6-8AM KT) in order to cover DPRK state radio output. Late evenings may also be required (6PM-9PM KT) in order to cover DPRK state TV during important news events. 

Ideal qualifications:

  • Demonstrable interest in North Korea-related affairs
  • Native Korean language skills, fluent English
  • Experience working with North Korean state media content 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in subject related to North Korea/East Asia
  • Ability to work for extended periods independently, but also strong socializing skills/collaborative working abilities
  • Knowledge of NK News and NK Pro platforms, familiarity with our work
  • Willingness to work some irregular hours on stories

Interested? Send a resume and cover letter, explaining why you’re suited for the job, as well as two writing samples, to [email protected], by May 28, 2021.

Salary: A salary of between 2.5-3.5M KRW will be offered, based on experience, as well as four national insurances and 25 days of paid annual leave (inclusive of Korean national holidays).