Job Openings

Department: Director of Advocacy and Communications
Supervisor: Advocacy and Communications

Sojourners has an immediate need for a Racial Justice Coordinator to join our dynamic team providing initiative and support to Sojourners’ work on a range of social justice issues. This is a two-year position with the opportunity for extension pending funding.

Job Function: Activities and responsibilities include planning advocacy campaigns related to racial justice issues, policy research and legislation tracking, writing and communications projects, relationship building and representation at coalitional meetings, and social media efforts.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with relevant staff and partner organizations to develop and implement grassroots/grasstops advocacy strategies to obtain campaign and programmatic goals.
  • Equip Christian leaders and activists to act in churches, communities, and nationally to work in solidarity with communities of color.
  • Research policy issues, track legislation, and lead internal campaign strategy.
  • Provide policy updates to relevant Sojourners staff on a regular basis.
  • Attend partner meetings and racial justice-related events as assigned.
  • Assist with social media and online platforms for Sojourners’ racial justice campaign.
  • Draft content for e-newsletters on racial justice.
  • Respond to constituent inquiries via e-mail and phone as needed.
  • Oversee Sojourners’ racial justice track and outreach for national Summit.
  • Provide administrative, publication, and scheduling support for other national policy events as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum three years’ experience working in racial justice policy/advocacy or with grassroots communities on related issues.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Experience working with social media and online communications platforms.
  • Fluency in intercultural communication.
  • Understanding of intersectionality and BlackLivesMatter.
  • Understanding of, and appreciation for, Sojourners’ history with faith communities and faith-based advocacy, and ability to articulate the biblical basis of Sojourners’ work.
  • Previous advocacy experience preferred.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Racial Justice Coordinator 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. People 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.

Supervisor: Chief Executive Officer/President

Do you have a heart for social justice and a strong personal faith that you apply to public life? Sojourners has an immediate opening for an experienced Press Secretary to join our Washington, D.C., staff. The Press Secretary handles media requests and pitches for Jim Wallis and other Sojourners spokespeople, helping to elevate Sojourners’ vision and voice in national, political, and religious media.

Responsibilities:
 

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

  • Leverage the message and voice of Jim Wallis, other Sojourners spokespeople, and Sojourners’ campaigns through pitching and media bookings to national, political, and religious media.
  • Identify and cultivate new opportunities and build new contacts to leverage and amplify the work of Jim Wallis and Sojourners in the media.
  • Develop and oversee executive and organizational messaging efforts.
  • Handle media inquiries, schedule interviews in consultation with the Senior Adviser to the President, and prepare briefing documents.
  • Build relationships with reporters interested in the unique perspective, message, and work of Sojourners; provide background interviews for reporters and on-the-record responsibilities as needed.
  • 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.
  • Strategize, write, and distribute relevant media advisories, press releases, and press kits.
  • Oversee the President’s social media.
  • Assist with the President’s op-eds and essays for other publications.
  • Manage all media-related projects, including press conferences, events, and projects as assigned.
  •  Work with the Audience Engagement Editor to develop and implement new media opportunities to leverage the President’s voice.
  • Work with the President and Senior Director of Advocacy and Campaigns in developing and implementing communications strategy and talking points in relationship to advocacy and campaigns agendas.
  • Manage the Press Coordinator and Communications Assistant (intern).

Press Support to Partners/Coalitions:

  • Liaise with outside partners in nationwide coalition media efforts such as the Circle of Protection and the Matthew 25 Pledge.
  • Provide pitching, media booking, and writing capacity for coalitions and key partners working with Sojourners.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in press work, including pitching, media relations and follow-up, and media and messaging strategy.
  • Experience with strategic planning, coalition work, budgeting, program evaluation, and supervision.
  • Knowledge of the media and political world, as well as the church and religious world.
  • Media contacts and relationships are helpful.
  • Ability to understand and express the message of Sojourners and Jim Wallis and apply personal faith to public life as Sojourners does.
  • 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 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 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, 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. 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.

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