Department: Web
Supervisor: Managing Editor, sojo.net

Sojourners has an immediate opening for an assistant news editor who will edit and report breaking news stories for sojo.net. The right candidate will thrive in a fast-paced news environment and feel a tiny thrill when she sees a breaking news alert. We are looking for someone with excellent editing skills who will join our online team to ensure Sojourners continues to articulate the biblical call to social justice.

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

Responsibilities:

  • Sharpen, fact-check, and copyedit original news stories for sojo.net
  • Be among the first to recognize news in religion, social justice, politics, and culture that is relevant to Sojourners’ editorial mission
  • Report a mix of news stories as pitched or assigned for sojo.net and Sojourners magazine
  • Build contacts within faith and justice sectors to maintain a deep list of sources, authors, and story ideas
  • Recruit and manage quality freelance reporters
  • Assist with editing other online content as needed
  • Uphold Sojourners editorial standards
  • Collaborate with other Sojourners editors to brainstorm new story ideas and develop editorial goals
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Ability to exercise sound editorial judgement and write accurately in a fast-paced news environment
  • Fluency in Christian theologies, the U.S. religious landscape, and contemporary media—and Sojourners’ place within them
  • Excellent writing and editing skills; proficiency with AP style; editorial experience, preferably in online media and/or nonprofit journalism
  • Strong organization skills and thrives at managing multiple tasks
  • Desire to work in a Christian workplace that strives to continually deepen its commitments to social justice
  • Enthusiasm for both independent and collaborative projects
  • At least two years of experience writing/editing for an online publication

*We prefer this position to be 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 or Assistant News Editor 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 paid health insurance, 20 days paid vacation, 401(k) Plan, and a positive, faith-based work environment.

Department: Mobilizing
Supervisor: Chief Executive Officer

Sojourners has an opening for an experienced Chief Mobilizing and Communications Officer 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 and CEO and will serve on the Executive Leadership Team. The position will also supervise and support the Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing to plan and manage our issue campaigns, mobilizing and advocacy efforts, and media strategy.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Mobilizing:

  • Supervise and support the Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing to design and implement Sojourners’ campaigns, developing online mobilizing strategy (with the Digital Mobilizing Manager) and strengthening department project management skills.
  • Supervise and support the Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing as well as other staff to maintain and strengthen relationships with external partners, elected officials, and coalitions related to campaigns work and organizational priorities.
  • Oversee the work of the Church Network Coordinator to develop content and implement a distribution plan for Church Network curriculum.
  • Ensure and foster coordination with Advancement Team and others on campaign funding development and reporting.
  • Ensure development and oversight of Campaigns and Communications staff, fellows, and budget.
  • Write and speak on behalf of Sojourners’ campaigns as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Communications:

  • Work with the President to develop and oversee executive and organizational messaging efforts; facilitate weekly messaging meetings.
  • Leverage the President’s and other Sojourners’ voices in national, regional, political, and religious media.
  • Work with the Senior Director of Integrated Marketing to develop and implement new media opportunities and messaging cohesion.
  • Supervise and oversee the work of the future Media Manager and/or Press Secretary role as well as the Communications Fellow.
  • 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 oversee a communications plan for program effectiveness, including a crisis communications plan for future use.
  • Create and respond to media inquiries, including in preparation for the President’s new book release and book tour; oversee the scheduling of interviews and the preparation of briefing documents in consultation with Executive staff.
  • 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.
  • Oversee the tasks to strategize, write, and distribute relevant media advisories, press releases, and press kits.
  • Work with the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Director of Integrated Marketing to coordinate the organization’s social media.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 10 years’ experience in strategic planning, media relations, message development, coalition work, budgeting, program management, and supervision.
  • Digital mobilizing experience, including building online audiences and communities.
  • Knowledge of social and economic justice issues and scriptural tenets that undergird Sojourners’ involvement in them; 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 project management skills to handle several assignments simultaneously, attention to detail, and ability to multitask and prioritize; excellent interpersonal skills essential.

TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Chief Mobilizing and Communications Officer 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: Director of Strategic Gifts

The Stewardship Manager will support Sojourners’ stewardship of strategic gifts from individual donors. Duties for the Stewardship Manager will include establishing and maintaining a midlevel donor program and stewarding a portfolio of planned giving prospects and donors; and other duties as assigned. Reports to the Director of Strategic Gifts.

This position is fast-paced, dynamic, and integral to the smooth operation of our organization. The ideal candidate for this role should possess strong communication skills, excellent networking abilities, and time management skills. He or she should be detail-oriented, able to juggle multiple priorities and projects, and work to ensure delivery of high-quality donor services.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Mid-Level Program

  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of midlevel donors (donors giving $500-$5,000), and maintaining up-to-date records in database.
  • Developing personalized digital engagement and direct marketing strategies, tailored to the midlevel donor audience, including thank you calls and emails, letters, special invitations, follow up to survey responses, lift notes, progress reports, and other activities.
  • Initiate prospect research and develop a segment/pipeline of high-value midlevel donors with the capacity to increase their giving to higher, using donor profiles and behavioral metrics; collaborate with Director of Strategic Gifts on engagement.
  • Work with Chief Advancement Officer, Director of Strategic Gifts, and other staff on engaging midlevel donors in the roll-out of the public phase of Capital Campaign.
  • Contribute ideas and experience to support messaging development, design, and processes for midlevel donor communications and engagement across the Advancement team; collaborate closely with Individual Giving, Major Gifts, Foundation Relations, and Advancement Operations teams.

Planned Giving

  • Serve as relationship lead for a Planned Giving donor portfolio of current donors and prospects; develop relationships through various cultivation calls, letters, and handwritten notes.
  • Create and implement a stewardship plan to recognize and engage planned gift donors who are not actively being cultivated and solicited by other assigned staff; work with the Director of Strategic Gifts and other staff in developing and coordinating strategies for major donors who are top planned-giving prospects.
  • Develop and manage a multi-year outreach/marketing plan for Planned Giving that incorporates the use of direct mail, email, website, advertising, and printed materials as deemed appropriate to solicit planned gifts.
  • Serve as a resource regarding charitable tax laws and their implications for charitable gifts.
  • Monitor the administration of all estates in which Sojourners is named as beneficiary, acknowledging all gifts that come through Planned Giving; communicate with Trustees, management, consultants, outside legal counsel, and committees to ensure that assets are properly distributed and used in line with the testator’s wishes, federal and state law, and Sojourners’ gift acceptance policies.

Other duties as assigned, including opportunities to proofread and edit funder communications, including grant letters of intent, proposals, and budgets.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three to five years’ experience in donor relations/donor services, midlevel giving, planned giving, or major donor experience in either a marketing or fundraising environment.
  • Proven track record of working in a forward-facing role and knowledge of customer service practices.
  • Proven ability to effectively build interpersonal relationships with a range of donors/prospects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and persuasive skills both written and oral.
  • Experience working with donor database or CRM systems; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Self-starter that enjoys calling donors and soliciting donations; comfort in “cold calling.”
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, attention to detail and process, and ability to record and track progress through CRM systems.
  • Enthusiastic team player, comfortable in an “all hands on deck” environment; able to operate and collaborate across multiple teams and thrive in a fast-paced culture.
  • Commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Stewardship Manager 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: Web
Supervisor: Managing Editor, sojo.net


Sojourners has an immediate opening for an assistant opinion editor for sojo.net. The right candidate will be endlessly curious, comfortable in a fast-paced news environment, and passionate about amplifying the full range of perspectives that shape the church and ongoing justice movements. We are looking for someone with excellent editing skills who will join our online team to ensure Sojourners continues to articulate the biblical call to social justice.

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

Responsibilities:

  • Edit, fact-check, and proofread 3-5 online opinion articles each week
  • Be among the first to spot new ideas, voices, or perspectives relevant to Sojourners' editorial mission
  • Continually build new contacts within relevant faith and justice sectors to recruit, develop, and maintain a diverse pool of regular writers and columnists
  • Assist with editing other online content as needed
  • Uphold Sojourners' editorial standards
  • Collaborate with other Sojourners editors to brainstorm new story ideas and develop editorial goals
  • Write occasional reviews, opinion articles, or features for Sojourners and sojo.net
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills; proficiency with AP style
  • Editorial experience, preferably in online media and/or nonprofit journalism
  • Fluency in Christian theologies, the U.S. religious landscape, and contemporary media — and Sojourners’ place within them
  • Successful record of developing less-experienced writers and those whose ideas or style may differ from one’s own
  • Ability to exercise sound editorial judgement in a fast-paced news environment
  • Strong organization skills and thrives at managing multiple tasks
  • Desire to work in a Christian workplace that strives to continually deepen its commitments to social justice
  • Enthusiasm for both independent and collaborative projects

*We prefer this position to be 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 or Assistant Opinion Editor 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 paid health insurance, 20 days paid vacation, 401(k) Plan, and a positive, faith-based work environment.

Department: Editorial
Supervisor: Managing Editor, sojo.net


Sojourners seeks a part-time, short-term copyeditor to help with increased coverage related to the aftermath of the 2020 election and the incoming administration. In addition to editing news and commentary pieces for sojo.net, this position will also help copyedit materials for non-editorial departments.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate wordsmith who is confident in working on tight deadlines; prior experience with magazines, online publications, and/or nonprofit journalism is preferred. Familiarity with topics related to social justice, politics, and the diverse religious landscape in the U.S. is a plus. Candidates will be required to complete a copyediting test before being interviewed.

Hours are flexible, with a preference for 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Eastern) on Mondays and Thursdays, with some flexibility. Payment will be $40/hour, for 16 hours/week until Jan. 29, 2021. This position will report to the managing editor of sojo.net and work closely in collaboration with the editor-in-chief.

Responsibilities:

  • Copyedit sojo.net articles for grammar, formatting, accuracy, and in-house style, while preserving each writer’s unique voice
  • Help with occasional fact-checking
  • Assist with Sojourners’ in-house copyediting service for non-editorial teams, including promotional emails, donation appeals, and a variety of other print and digital materials
  • As needed, copyedit page proofs of Sojourners magazine
  • Ensure all content upholds Sojourners editorial standards

Qualifications :

  • Superb copyediting skills
  • Knowledge of AP style and other style guides
  • Ability to work accurately under tight deadlines and juggle multiple assignments at once
  • Prior experience with magazines, online publications, or nonprofit journalism preferred
  • Familiarity with topics related to social justice, politics, and the variety of different U.S. Christian denominations is a plus

Benefits

  • Flexible work schedule possible
  • Flat rate stipend to offset health insurance

Sojourners is committed to articulating the biblical call to racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship. We strive to achieve the highest quality of journalism, social analysis, and spiritual writing, which involves attracting talented people from diverse traditions, backgrounds, and cultures. This is a remote position.

To apply:

Please send a brief summary of your experience and resume to report@sojo.net.

Department: Advancement
Supervisor: VP/Chief Advancement Officer

Sojourners has an immediate opening for a Director of Advancement to serve on our Advancement team, which is focused on fundraising and earned revenue. 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 VP/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 VP/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 VP/Chief Advancement officer to analyze donor and giving patterns.
  • Work on special projects as assigned by VP/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.