Job Openings

Advertising Sales Associate

Department: Advertising/Advancement
Supervisor: Director of Advertising Sales
Start Date: 07/10/2017

 

Do you have a heart for social justice? Sojourners has an immediate opening for an Advertising Sales Associate in our Washington, D.C., office.

The Advertising Sales Associate generates non-restricted revenue for Sojourners through sales of advertising that appears in Sojourners magazine, email publications, and website, and manages event sponsorships. This is an exceptional opportunity for a mission-minded and innovative media sales professional.

This position includes an existing strong book of business, but prospecting new business is also required. Sojourners best advertisers include universities, seminaries, book publishers, financial institutions with a socially responsible investing focus, and nonprofits. If you enjoy working with these types of organizations to help them spread the word about their work, this could be a good role for you. We provide formal training and ongoing mentoring.

Responsibilities: You will maintain current accounts, prospect, develop relationships with decision makers, meet in person or over the phone to conduct needs assessments, create and present proposals that offer solutions, and close the sale.

  • Source and generate qualified new prospects through competitive research and cold calling.
  • Develop relationships built on trust and credibility with prospective and existing clients.
  • Understand the marketing needs of advertisers, which ad placements best meet their objectives, and create compelling proposals.
  • Develop competence for deciding which companies or organizations are good prospects for our niche audience.
  • Demonstrate a sense of urgency to reach out to last-minute advertisers when deadlines are approaching or when sales are needed past the posted deadline.
  • Patience and persistence on the occasion of a longer sales cycle.
  • Time and resource management skills used effectively to exceed sales goals.
  • Complete weekly progress reports to update supervisor on account activity, pipeline, and forecasting.
  • Provide back up for Advertising Assistant and Director for ad coordination, trafficking, and magazine ad layout approvals.

Required and Preferred Skills: The ideal candidate is someone who is goal-oriented, a self-starter, has a sharp attention to detail, and is a problem solver.

  • One year experience in media sales or support.
  • Previous experience in magazine and/or digital publishing.
  • Passion for nonprofit journalism and the intersection of faith and social justice.
  • Four-year college degree; marketing, business or related field is preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and adhere to deadlines.
  • Thoughtful and persuasive verbal and written communication skills.
  • MS Office proficiency in Word and Excel.
  • An interest in marketing, advertising, communications, or publishing.
  • Previous database experience a plus.
  • Previous web editing experience, Photoshop, and basic HTML a plus.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net. 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, 401(k) plan, and a positive, faith-based work environment.

Assistant Editor

Department: Sojourners Magazine Editorial Staff
Supervisor: Sojourners Magazine Editor
Start Date: 09/05/2017

Sojourners has an opening for an Assistant Editor to work with the magazine editorial staff in our Washington, D.C. office.

Responsibilities:

  • Edit and proof material for Sojourners magazine (print and online)
  • Develop sidebars, boxes, and other supplementary material for magazine articles
  • Edit and proof materials from other departments
  • Enhance and promote the digital magazine and other magazine content online
  • Coordinate Letters, Short Takes, and in-house ads for the magazine
  • Manage “queries” process for outside article ideas and awards-competition processes
  • Increase our capacity for international coverage
  • Support promotion of magazine via social media and other digital platforms
  • Explore partnerships for possible investigative efforts
  • Help produce and copy edit resources and curriculum material
  • Read and comment on articles in circulation
  • Participate in planning of magazine by attending weekly staff meetings and biannual retreats

Qualifications:

  • Two to four years of editorial experience, preferably in magazine format, including copy writing, editing, and proofreading; proficiency with AP Style.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills; copyediting experience.
  • Experience in nonprofit journalism preferred.
  • Awareness of issues affecting underrepresented communities a plus.
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, or communications preferred.
  • Comfortable working independently as well as creatively with the editorial staff.
  • 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 7 and Convio a plus.
  • Experience with social media, video production, and audio editing preferred.
  • Web content management skills a plus.
  • Desire to work on a team of a 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 Assistant 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. 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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