The Common Good

Current Job Openings

Press Secretary

Department: 
Messaging and Mobilizing Team

Supervisor: Director of Advocacy and Communications

Sojourners has an immediate opening for an energetic and experienced Press Secretary to join our Washington, D.C. staff. The Press Secretary handles media requests and pitches for Jim Wallis and other Sojourners spokespersons, helping to elevate Sojourners’ voice in national, political, and religious media.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Media Relations for Sojourners’ President, Jim Wallis, and Sojourners

  • Leverage the President’s voice through pitching and media booking.
  • dentify and cultivate new opportunities to leverage and amplify the work of Jim Wallis and Sojourners in the media.
  • Handle media inquiries, schedule interviews in consultation with the Executive Assistant to the President, and prepare briefing documents to assist organizational spokespersons.
  • Build relationships with reporters interested in the unique perspective and work of Sojourners and organizational spokespersons; provide background interviews for reporters and on-the-record responsibilities, as needed.
  • Lead the monitoring of news coverage around Sojourners’ priority issues and coverage of the organization; identify opportunities to comment on stories of interest.
  • Write and distribute media advisories, press releases, and press kits.
  • Manage media-related projects, including press conferences, events, and projects as assigned.
  • Manage the Communications Assistant (intern) on interview logistics, briefings, interview preparation, and substantial media training.
  • Assist the President and Director of Advocacy and Communications in developing and implementing communications strategy and talking points.

Managing the President’s Public Voice

  • Assist the President with writing and editing of op-eds, columns, statements, articles, books, and social media.
  • Draft briefing materials and talking points for President and other organizational spokespeople.
  • Staff the President and other organizational spokespeople at press events, interviews, and any other opportunities.
  • Provide editorial and message feedback on books, podcasts, and other large communications projects as needed.

Providing Communications Support to Partners/Coalitions

  • Liaise with outside partners in nationwide campaign efforts.
  • Provide pitching, media booking, and writing capacity for coalitions and key partners working with organization.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Experience in communications work, including pitching, media relations and follow-up, and media and messaging strategy.
  2. Experience with strategic planning, coalition work, budgeting, program evaluation, and supervision.
  3. Knowledge of the media and political world, as well as the church and religious world.
  4. Knowledge of social, racial, and economic justice issues and the biblical and theological foundations and frameworks for addressing them.
  5. Excellent communication skills, including writing and editing, and speaking comfort and experience.
  6. Exceptional organizational skills to handle several assignments simultaneously, attention to detail, ability to multitask and prioritize; excellent interpersonal skills essential.
  7. Ideal candidate will show great discretion on appropriate use of President’s voice and contribution to press stories.

TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Press Secretary 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.

Donor Services Associate and Database Administrator

Department: 
Advancement

Supervisor: Director of Individual Giving
Start Date: January 26, 2015

Sojourners has an immediate need for a Donor Services Associate and Database Administrator to fill the needs of the Sojourners Advancement Team. This position will work directly with the Director of Individual Giving to maintain our donor database and enter all incoming gifts.

Job Function: The Donor Services Associate and Database Administrator has primary responsibility for managing gifts to Sojourners, including sending acknowledgment letters, troubleshooting donor questions, and maintaining and reporting current data. This position also provides departmental support for state registration renewals, workplace giving applications, meetings, and special projects.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Data entry of donations received via mail, online, and other sources.
  • Prepare and send acknowledgments and correspondence to donors.
  • Assist the Director of Individual Giving and the Chief Advancement Officer with ongoing analysis of donor giving trends as requested.
  • Weekly, bi-monthly, and monthly uploads of gift data from external sources into development database.
  • Manage organization’s registration renewal applications for charitable organization status in various states.
  • With Chief Advancement Officer’s guidance, prepare team meeting agendas.
  • Manage workplace giving program through HCROA application process and the Combined Federal Campaign.
  • Respond to and troubleshoot donor correspondence for non-monthly donors.
  • Update monthly timesheet data for CFO and Director of Foundation Relations.
  • Assist with reporting and data collection for the annual audit.
  • Provide accountant with budget code breakdowns for development revenue on an ongoing basis.
  • Serve as the Advancement Team’s database administrator; manage the team’s database management needs, including communication with tech support staff.
  • Merge duplicates in Raiser’s Edge on a monthly basis.
  • Process donations and constituent information in Raiser’s Edge through the Luminate Online plug-in.
  • Oversee production of year-end giving statements to donors.
  • Provide special project support for the Chief Advancement Officer, the Senior Director of Foundation Relations, and Director of Major Gifts as appropriate at supervisor’s request.
  • Assist Director of Major Gifts, Senior Director of Foundation Relations, and Chief Advancement Officer with maintenance of media tab on donor records.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 1-2 years of development experience in a non-profit setting, and 1+ years of database experience.
  • Comfort with querying, exporting, and manipulating large data sets in a database; strong preference given to candidates with Raisers Edge and Convio/Luminate Online experience.
  • Proficiency in basic PC programs (Word, Excel, etc.), strongly detail-oriented, and committed to seeing nuanced projects through to completion.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of Sojourners and an understanding of its place in the progressive Christian church world; vocational interest in a fundraising support position a plus.

TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Donor Services Associate and Database Administrator Search, Sojourners, 3333 14th St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20010. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Desired start date is January 26, 2015.

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 paid health insurance, 20 days paid vacation, paid sick/personal leave, 401(k) plan, and a positive, faith-based work environment.

Director of Advocacy and Communications

Department: 
Messaging and Mobilizing Team

Supervisor: Rob Wilson-Black, CEO

Sojourners has an immediate opening for an experienced and dedicated Director of Advocacy and Communications with an understanding of our work and mission, issue areas, and effective media engagement to join our Washington, D.C. staff. This position works closely with Sojourners’ President, Jim Wallis, to help plan and manage our issue campaigns, advocacy and policy development, and media strategy.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage relationships with public sector and government representatives, including Congress and the White House.
  • Work with the Press Secretary to leverage the President’s voice through pitching and media booking to national, political, and religious media by phone and email.
  • Work with the Director of Audience Engagement to develop and implement new media opportunities to leverage the President’s voice and develop online advocacy strategy.
  • Design and implement Sojourners’ campaigns initiatives.
  • Develop and oversee executive and organizational messaging efforts; facilitate weekly political and messaging meetings.
  • Provide political and policy advice to organizational leadership.
  • Maintain and build relationships with external partners and coalitions.
  • Evaluate sign-on and endorsement opportunities.
  • 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 budget.
  • Writing of statements, blogs, and other writing as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Five years’ experience, including advocacy strategizing, media relations, message development, coalition work, budgeting, program evaluation, and supervision.
  • Capitol Hill familiarity and experience.
  • Online organizing experience, including building online audiences and communities.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and experience with multiple media platforms.
  • Exceptional organizational skills to handle several assignments simultaneously, attention to detail, and ability to multitask and prioritize; ability to oversee campaigns 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 Policy 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.