Department: Mobilizing
Supervisor: Chief Strategy and Impact Officer


Sojourners has an opening for a Political Director to develop and implement Sojourners’ policy strategy, positioning, framing, messaging, and advocacy for outreach and impact on Capitol Hill and the public sector. The Political Director works with the President, Chief Strategy and Impact Officer, Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing, and other staff to maximize Sojourners’ influence in the policy arena and advance the organization’s mission and priorities.

This is a full-time position based in Sojourners’ Washington, D.C., office.*

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage organization’s policy and advocacy agendas with public sector and government representatives, including Executive, Legislative, and Judicial, as well as state and mayoral representatives as needed.
  • Mentor, equip, and coordinate government relations of campaign leads to help them more effectively engage government entities.
  • Maintain and build relationships with external public sector partners and coalitions, including working with the Circle of Protection and guiding Sojourners’ anti-poverty portfolio.
  • Provide political and policy advice to organizational leadership.
  • Evaluate sign-on and endorsement opportunities.
  • Review organizational materials, including print and online publications, action alerts, press releases, statements, and fundraising proposals and letters, for policy consistency and 501(c)(3) compliance.
  • Contribute news and commentary to statements and Sojourners online and print publications.
  • In consultation with organizational leadership, identify and evaluate opportunities for influencing public narratives to advance organizational priorities.
  • Work with the Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing to research policy issues, track legislation, and develop internal campaign strategy.
  • Provide policy updates to relevant Sojourners staff on a regular basis.
  • Serve on the Summit Planning Team and responsible for creating advocacy curriculum and directing lobby visits during Sojourners flagship conference on faith, politics, and social justice; serve on the internal Management Team.
  • Represent the organization externally, including through public speaking.
  • Coordinate grassroots advocacy efforts with the Mobilizing Team, with the goal of educating and mobilizing partners to take action that can influence federal and state policy formation through online Action Alerts, curriculum development, and church network development.

Qualifications:

  • Capitol Hill familiarity and experience (5-7 years); established relationships with religious and secular public sector partners.
  • Expert knowledge in Sojourners issues, mission, non-profit status, and positioning in the faith-based mobilizing context.
  • Excellent communications skills, including public speaking and writing.
  • Strength and experience in cross-team leadership and collaboration.
  • Experience with strategic planning, coalition work, budgeting, program evaluation, and supervision.
  • Exceptional organizational skills to handle several assignments simultaneously, attention to detail, ability to multitask and prioritize; excellent interpersonal skills essential.

*This position is based in the Washington, D.C., office once it is safe to return; remote work, from anywhere, is the default until then, though EST hours may be required.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net with the subject line Political Director Search. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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

Department: Advancement
Supervisor: Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer

Sojourners has an immediate opening for a Director of Donor Relations. The purpose of this role is to secure funds for the organization by managing a group of assigned and qualified donors (caseload) assuring that as many as possible are retained as continuing donors to the organization and are upgraded in their giving and involvement. This role also directly manages the Stewardship Manager who is responsible for planned giving and the mid-level giving program.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate with colleagues on the Major Gifts team (including the VP/Chief Advancement Officer, Senior Director of Foundation Relations, and Stewardship Manager) in developing overall team strategy and goals, and track progress toward implementing them.
  • Managing the Stewardship Manager will include assisting them in setting ambitious goals, oversight through weekly check-ins, and conducting annual performance reviews. Other supervisory skills include feedback, coaching, and staff development.
  • Personally manage a portfolio of 75-100 qualified donors and identify, prioritize, cultivate, and solicit gifts of $5,000-$500,000, with priority for identifying individuals capable of making transformational gifts. Collaborate with key staff and the President to cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors from your own portfolio where needed for the individual donor plan.
  • In collaboration with the Major Gifts team, oversee the President’s portfolio of donors providing strategic guidance in terms of moves management.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to articulate Sojourners’ work in the written word are very important. Produce fundraising materials including, but not limited to, letters, emails, proposals, PowerPoint presentations, and reports. This includes drafting original copy and editing documents.
  • Conduct 20 meaningful points of contact (in-person meeting, phone call, e-communication. etc.) with donors per month.
  • Assess the potential and capacity of existing and prospective donors.
  • Create a plan for each donor that will serve as a foundational communication and marketing plan for each person on the caseload, involving the VP/CAO and/or President when appropriate. Will faithfully and on a timely basis execute that plan so that individuals on the caseload are retained and upgraded.
  • Will work with program and the marketing staff to secure appropriate project information, including budgets, and create offers, proposals, and asks that will be used with persons on the caseload to secure gifts.
  • Work with the Advancement Special Projects Manager to organize small- and medium-scale events to deepen relationships with existing donors and/or to introduce Sojourners to new audiences and raise funds.
  • Work with the Stewardship Manager to manage research on new prospective donors, analyze their giving history and potential, and write donor briefings.
  • Coordinate, organize, and facilitate Monthly Prospect meetings with VP/CAO, Senior Director of Foundation Relations, and Stewardship Manager to review shared donors and next steps.
  • Record summaries of his or her own donor and prospect meetings and post-meeting follow-up activities in Raiser’s Edge; conduct post-meeting follow-up.
  • Track solicitation amounts, anticipated gifts, pledges, and income, and provide regular revenue and cash flow updates on projections vs. actuals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of social and economic justice issues and scriptural tenets that undergird Sojourners’ involvement in them. Ability to speak from personal and institutional faith perspective. Understanding of and commitment to Sojourners’ faith-based mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 5 years of successful fundraising experience, ideally in a faith-based and/or progressive nonprofit organization or higher education.
  • Experience building successful relationships with high-net-worth individuals and their representatives; track record of soliciting and securing major gifts from individual donors, or comparable experience.
  • Expert interpersonal skills; energetic.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, meet deadlines, and work collaboratively in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to travel up to 50 percent of the time (as dictated by individual donor strategies).
  • Familiarity with fundraising best practices, standards, and ethics.
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge is a plus.

Approximate hours and travel per week required by position: Minimum of 40 hours per week. Occasional weekend and evening work. Requires frequent travel when safe to return to travel. Travel locations will include, but not limited to New York, Michigan, and California.

Benefits of this position: The satisfaction of helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to Sojourners.

TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net with Director of Donor Relations in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Sojourners is an equal opportunity employer that continually seeks to diversify its staff and create an inclusive and equitable culture. People 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.

Department: Mobilizing
Supervisor: Chief Strategy and Impact Officer

Do you have a heart for social justice? Sojourners has an immediate opening for an experienced Director of Communications to join our Washington, D.C., staff. The Director of Communications is responsible for developing and coordinating an overall communications strategy for the organization, lifting up the lead voices of Sojourners and its partners by overseeing media requests, pitching, and outreach, and helping to elevate Sojourners’ vision and voice in national, political, and religious media.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Media Relations for Sojourners

  • Oversee and support organizational efforts to influence and change the media and public narrative around faith, culture, and politics.
  • Leverage the message and public profile of the organization’s spokespersons, advocacy, and campaigns, through pitching and media bookings to national, political, and religious media, with an emphasis on lifting up BIPOC and women’s voices from Sojourners staff and partners.
  • Identify and cultivate new opportunities and build new contacts to leverage Sojourners’ message in the media.
  • Develop and oversee media strategy working across teams to strengthen organizational messaging efforts.
  • Develop and execute communications strategy for forthcoming book by Sojourners’ president.
  • Lead the monitoring of news coverage and social media around Sojourners’ priority issues and coverage of the organization; identify opportunities to comment on stories of interest.
  • Oversee and take responsibility for the tasks to strategize, write, and distribute relevant media advisories, press releases, and press kits.
  • Lead narrative and message development around priority campaigns and efforts.
  • Responsible for monitoring the overall narrative environment to identify and take advantage of rapid response opportunities.
  • Manage Communications Department staff and fellow.

Press Support to Partners/Coalitions

  • Liaise with outside partners in nationwide coalition media efforts such as the Circle of Protection and joint actions generated by the Faith Table, and projects such as Lawyers & Collars.
  • Provide pitching, media booking, and writing capacity for coalitions and key Sojourners partners.
  • Help to lift up the voices of Sojourners partners and allies, especially new voices and faith leaders of color.

Digital Communications:

  • Lead strategy and execute approval for digital content for Sojourners campaigns (SojoAction) and campaign’s social media channels in conjunction with the digital mobilization manager.
  • Lead in the creation of timely digital toolkits and other materials to support campaigns in their digital organizing and mobilizing efforts.
  • Collaborate with the internal multi-media team to create video and digital collateral that support Sojourners campaigns.
  • Develop social media influencer strategy for campaigns and the organization’s President.
  • Leverage social media as a media outreach tool and monitor developments in new media to promote the organization, campaigns, and President.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proven success in designing and implementing multi-pronged media outreach strategies. Seeking someone with proven year over year media growth and experience in diversifying media outlets and audiences.
  • Expert knowledge of the media and political world, as well as the church and religious world; knowledge and experience working with local and regional media, and Black and Latino news outlets, a plus.
  • Experience with strategic planning, coalition work, budgeting, program evaluation, and supervision.
  • Experience messaging and framing of social justice issues for narrative and culture change.
  • Experience building social media engagement channels and digital community building.
  • Understanding and experience with the message of Sojourners.
  • Knowledge of social, racial, gender, economic justice, war and peace, environmental justice, life, and dignity issues and the biblical and theological foundations and frameworks for addressing them.
  • Excellent message framing and communication skills, including writing and editing, and speaking comfort and experience.
  • Exceptional organizational skills to handle several assignments simultaneously, attention to detail, ability to multitask and prioritize; excellent interpersonal skills essential.
  • Ideal candidate will show great discretion and selection on appropriate use of Sojourners voices and contribution to press and social media ecosystem.
  • Previous experience with media tracking software; exposure to Meltwater software a plus.

TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Director of Communications Search, Sojourners, 408 C St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Sojourners is an equal opportunity employer that continually seeks to diversify its staff and create an inclusive and equitable culture. People 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.

Department: Advancement
Supervisor: Chief Advancement Officer

Do you have a passion for social justice? Sojourners has an immediate opening for a Director of Advancement to serve on our advancement team. The successful candidate will be curious, driven, organized, a Raiser’s Edge power user, and a firm believer in the importance of quality data and systems management. Knowledge of both fundraising operations as well as strategizing front-line multi-channel fundraising strategies for <$1,000 donors will be key to this role. This role will report to the Chief Advancement Officer and manages the Director of Individual Giving as well as the Donor Services Team, which includes the Donor Services and Database Manager as well as a Donor Services Assistant.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervision

  • Supervise the Director of Individual Giving who leads multi-channel fundraising for donors giving <$1,000 per year and provide strategic guidance through data-driven analysis and insights to grow this $1.2M revenue area.
  • Supervise the Donor Services and Database Manager in the work of receiving, processing, and acknowledging all contributions and responding to donors’ questions and concerns.
  • Supervision of these team members will include support in achieving their goals through collaboration, mentorship, and professional development.

Operations

  • Manage use of the donor database software system (Raiser’s Edge), including oversight of protocols, data entry, and data integrity.
  •  Oversee online donation processes through our email provider Engaging Networks and serve as a primary point of contact for merchant services provider IATS.
  •  Provide finance department with monthly reports for purposes of reconciliation of the donor database to general ledger.
  •  Lead the advancement team through the annual audit process, preparing reports and communicating with the CFO as needed.
  • Project manage in-house mailings.
  • Lead departmental budgeting process.
  • Update and maintain standard operating procedure manuals and run point on creation of new processes when needed.

Data Management, Analysis, Reporting

  • Oversee data health projects.
  • Support the Major Gifts program and Chief Advancement Officer including, a) regular report of top 500 donors and assist with ensuring notes/actions are entered on a timely basis, and b) coordinating data needs of staff.
  • Support the advancement team with data-driven analysis and insights including developing a series of dashboard reports for the Chief Advancement officer to analyze donor and giving patterns.
  • Work on special projects as assigned by Chief Advancement Officer.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 5 years’ experience with Raiser’s Edge.
  • Experience with online fundraising platforms.
  • Experience creating systems to share information between databases.
  • Experience with creating and customizing reports.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Record of leading and managing a successful multi-channel fundraising program for <$1,000 donors with experience in online fundraising and direct mail.
  • Strategic thinker with strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple sources of data and meticulous attention to detail required.
  • Enthusiasm about working collaboratively in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Team player with a can-do attitude and a passion for our shared work as an organization.
  • Embodiment of our organizational values of teamwork and optimism.
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively organize and coordinate multiple priorities.
  • Problem-solving abilities paired with excellent judgment.
  • Ability to train and answer questions from non-technical users.
  • Understanding of and commitment to Sojourners’ faith-based mission.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Director of Advancement Search, Sojourners, 408 C St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This position will be based in the Washington, D.C., office once it is safe to return; remote work, from anywhere, is possible until then, though EST hours may be required.

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

The Sojourners Fellowship Program is a spiritual formation program that embodies Sojourners’ commitment to Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. Currently in its 35th year, the yearlong program combines full-time jobs in our office with an opportunity to live in an intentional Christian community. Between eight and ten fellows are selected into the program each year.

Learn More