Department: Mobilizing
Supervisor: Political Director / Chief Strategy and Impact Officer

Sojourners has an immediate need for a communications and policy fellow to help advance progressive social change at the federal level. This is an educational opportunity for people with an interest in public policy and the legislative process. The fellow will be responsible for conducting legislative and policy research, developing data products/visualizations, and attending partner organization and local coalition meetings, as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • track media for executive team, campaigns, and Sojourners
  • assist in the organizing of press conferences, round table media briefings, and other events
  • provide daily news round-ups for internal and external use
  • compile media reports for grant writing
  • with guidance from the Chief Strategy and Impact Officer, research and write content for press releases, media advisories, opinion editorials, and pitch stories to media outlets
  • conduct legislative and policy research
  • use legislative tracking software to develop policy data visualizations
  • attend partner organization policy coalition meetings, as needed

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is a news junkie; excellent researcher; a confident oral and written communicator; comfortable with multi-tasking; willing to take the initiative and able to complete tasks with limited supervision; detail-oriented, flexible, patient, a team-player, and willing to learn new software and processes.

The nature of communications and policy work can be deadline-driven and stressful at times. The ability to cultivate spiritual and health-positive habits will ensure a work-life-heart balance needed to effect social change.

Professional and Personal Development:

The communications and policy assistant will gain an understanding of the contemporary media landscape, learn how to garner interest in and drive attention to specific stories and events, and develop skills for creating faith-specific messages on key public issues. They will learn in-depth about the federal legislative process and how to conduct faith-based advocacy outreach in Congress.

To Apply: This position is offered as part of our year-long fellowship program which takes place from August 15, 2022, to August 4, 2023. To apply, review the fellowship FAQs and follow the application instructions on the fellowship description page. 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, meals, commuting costs, housing, monthly stipend, and a positive, faith-based work environment.

Department: Sojourners’ President
Supervisor: Advancement

 

Do you have a passion for social justice? Sojourners has an immediate opening for a full-time Chief Advancement Officer to lead the growth and implementation of all its fundraising efforts and manage a major gifts portfolio. Working closely with the President, the successful candidate will work to mobilize the department with creative strategies intended to excite existing donors and inspire new ones. This role will secure funds for the organization by managing a group of assigned and qualified major donors, ensuring that as many as possible are retained as continuing donors to the organization and are upgraded in their giving and involvement, and identifying and cultivating new donors.

About Sojourners

For 50 years, Sojourners (sojo.net) has resourced, equipped, and mobilized millions of people from around the world to put their faith into action for social justice. We draw on a long and diverse tradition of Christians following Jesus and seeking justice, across different traditions and cultures. We reach more than six million readers annually through our award-winning monthly magazine, our online publication, and social media. The organization has embraced a commitment to applying a racial equity and inclusion lens to all its work, and strives to embody this commitment in its advocacy, publications, communications, organizing, and operations. We invite you to join us as we grow a movement focused on justice and peace.

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and manage a comprehensive revenue generation strategy for Sojourners, including major donors, foundation relations, and individual giving, working in collaboration with staff and the Board development committee.
  • Direct and oversee Sojourners’ advancement department, including individual giving, mid-level donors, planned giving, grants, and frontline donor services and data management.
  • Serve on the Executive Team and other internal teams to represent development concerns as well as to provide general organizational oversight.
  • Supervise and provide leadership and coaching to the advancement team.
  • Plan and lead regular advancement team staff meetings.
  • Develop and oversee the advancement budget and cost center.

MAJOR DONOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage a portfolio of qualified donors and identify, prioritize, cultivate, and solicit gifts of $20,000 and above, with priority for identifying individuals capable of making transformational gifts.
  • Work with other advancement staff to cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of prospective major donors and work with the Senior Director of Foundation Relations to pursue grant opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum 10 years’ experience in managing successful fundraising programs and staff, ideally in a faith-based and/or progressive nonprofit organization or higher education.
  • Demonstrated achievement in cultivating and soliciting strategic gifts and foundation grants.
  • Experience building relationships with high-net-worth individuals and their representatives that benefit the organization, the philanthropic partner, and ultimately lead to increased support in the future.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, high emotional intelligence, and excellent management and coaching skills.
  • Persuasive public speaking ability; superior writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to engage the President and Board of Directors in fundraising efforts.
  • Knowledge of social and economic justice issues and understanding of and commitment to Sojourners’ faith-based mission.
  • Interest in and experience in developing and implementing fundraising strategies for people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds.
  • 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 regularly, as dictated by individual donor strategies.
  • Familiarity with fundraising best practices, standards, and ethics.
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge is a plus.

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.

This position involves occasional weekend and evening work and requires regular travel when safe to return to travel.

TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net with Chief Advancement Officer 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.

Annual salary for a fully qualified applicant is $100,000 or more based on experience. Excellent benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, 20 days’ paid vacation, 401(k) plan, and a positive, faith-based work environment.

Department: Magazine
Supervisor: Editorial Associate

The editorial assistant provides a range of administrative, research, and editing support to the editorial staff. The responsibilities below are shared between two editorial assistants.

Responsibilities:

  • Thoroughly fact check each issue of Sojourners
  • Assist with copy editing and proofing Sojourners
  • Upload and proof the online version of Sojourners, selecting and editing artwork with Photoshop, and drafting online headlines
  • Pitch and write commentaries, online articles, and reviews
  • Write two “Contributing” bios for each issue of the magazine, including interviewing authors
  • Research entries and write blurbs for the New & Noteworthy section of Sojourners
  • Research quotes for the Spotlight section of Sojourners
  • Process author payments, complimentary copies, reprint requests, magazine exchanges, award submissions, and other administrative tasks
  • Manage incoming books and media for review
  • Participate in planning the magazine by attending weekly meetings with the editorial staff and semiannual editorial planning retreats
  • Maintain author diversity spreadsheet; report three times a year to editorial staff
  • Monitor pitch inbox and maintain pitch spreadsheet
  • Update Preaching the Word every month, uploading content to Sojourners’ website
  • Assist with miscellaneous research projects related to magazine authors, magazine topics, online strategy, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Strong background in research and writing
  • Enthusiasm for organization, spreadsheets, accuracy, and detail
  • Team player, eager to take initiative and suggest new ideas
  • Ability to juggle multiple deadlines and prioritize tasks
  • Creativity and a sense of humor
  • Experience conducting interviews
  • Familiarity with Drupal or similar content management systems a plus
  • Willingness to develop and practice appropriate self-care when dealing with difficult and sometimes disturbing topics in our coverage

Personal and Professional Development:

  • Network in the fields of journalism, media, and faith-based publishing
  • Master entry-level editorial skills, including fact-checking, proofreading, developing article ideas, headline-writing, and balancing deadlines
  • Learn the basics of digital content management systems (i.e. Drupal and HTML)
  • Opportunity to pitch your own article ideas and build your writing portfolio

To Apply: This position is offered as part of our year-long fellowship program which takes place from August 15, 2022 to August 4, 2023. To apply, review the fellowship FAQs and follow the application instructions on the fellowship description page. 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, meals, commuting costs, housing, monthly stipend, and a positive, faith-based work environment.