The Common Good

Current Job Openings

Director of Advocacy and Communications

Department: 
Messaging and Mobilizing Team

Supervisor: Rob Wilson-Black, CEO

Start Date: January 19, 2015

Sojourners is seeking an experienced and dedicated Director of Advocacy and Communications with an understanding of our work and mission to join our Washington, D.C. office to help plan and manage our issue campaigns, media strategy, advocacy and policy development, and constituency building.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

* Provide political and policy advice to organizational leadership.

* Develop and oversee executive and organizational messaging and communications efforts.

* Manage relationships with public sector and government representatives, including Congress and the White House.

* Design and implement Sojourners’ campaigns initiatives.

* Maintain and build relationships with external partners and coalitions.

* Evaluate sign-on and endorsement opportunities.

* Facilitate weekly political and messaging meetings.

* Assist in development of online organizing strategy, content, and technology to advance campaign goals.

* Coordinate with Advancement Team and others on campaign and funding development.

* Provide support for The Summit.

* Develop and oversee organization’s Campaigns and Communications staff and budgets.

* Writing of statements, blogs, and other writing as needed.

* Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Knowledge of social and economic justice issues and scriptural tenets that undergird organization involvement in them; ability to speak from personal and institutional faith perspective; and understanding of and commitment to Sojourners’ faith-based mission.

* Excellent communication skills, including writing and editing, speaking and briefing.

* Five to seven years’ organizing experience, including strategic planning, message and media development, advocacy, campaigns, coalition work, budgeting, program evaluation, and supervision.

* Knowledge and experience with multiple media platforms; proven success with earned media, press pitching, and social media.

* Online organizing experience, including building online audiences and communities.

* Exceptional organizational skills to handle several assignments simultaneously, attention to detail, and ability to multitask and prioritize; ability to oversee campaigns and communications teams and their project assignments in addition to personal workload; excellent interpersonal skills essential.

TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Director of Advocacy and Communications Search, Sojourners, 3333 14th St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20010. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Sojourners is an equal opportunity employer that continually seeks to diversify its staff. Women and persons of color are highly encouraged to apply. Excellent benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, 20 days paid vacation, 401(k) plan, and a positive, faith-based work environment.

Associate Editor

Department: 
Editorial

Supervisor: Sojourners magazine Editor

Sojourners has an immediate opening for an experienced and well-rounded Associate Editor in its Washington, D.C. office. This member of our faith- and justice-oriented editorial team will have responsibility for editing and developing materials for Sojourners magazine, including soliciting articles, working with authors, copy editing, and proofreading, as well as other editorial duties.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Editing and proofing
    Copy edit and proofread material for Sojourners magazine, using Sojourners and AP style.
     
  2. General editorial responsibilities
    Contribute to editorial visioning and planning, including for Sojourners magazine, as a full member of the editorial staff, through editorial meetings, and at staff retreats; and engage in general editorial responsibilities including soliciting articles, working with authors, supervising editorial interns, etc.
     
  3. Enhancing and expanding the magazine’s online presence and outreach
    Work to increase Sojourners magazine’s online presence and outreach and maximize cross-promotion between our online presence and our magazine content.
     
  4. Other editing work
    Editing and proofing work from other Sojourners departments, helping to develop, edit, and proof resource and curricular materials, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Four to six years of editorial experience, preferably in magazine format, including copy writing, editing, and proofreading; proficiency with AP Style.

* Experience in nonprofit journalism preferred.

* Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, or communications preferred.

* Comfortable working independently as well as creatively with the editorial staff.

* Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills; intensive copyediting experience.

* Experience in cross-platform content creation preferred.

* Strong organizational skills for managing several projects at once.

* Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; proficiency with editing in Drupal 6 and Convio a plus.

* Experience with social media, video production, and audio editing preferred.

* Web content management skills a plus.

* Awareness of issues affecting underrepresented communities a plus.

* Desire to work on a team of highly committed Christians who are dedicated to the highest quality advocacy journalism and crafting with excellence the stories of people of faith acting for justice in our world today.

* Knowledge and understanding of Sojourners' perspective and place in the religious landscape and progressive faith community.

TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter, resume, three writing samples, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Associate Editor Search, Sojourners, 3333 14th St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20010. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Sojourners is an equal opportunity employer that continually seeks to diversify its staff. Persons of color are highly encouraged to apply. Excellent benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, 20 days paid vacation, 401(k) plan, and a positive, faith-based work environment.