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: Associate Editor

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

Department: Web
Supervisor: Audience Engagement Manager

The social media/admin assistant will provide support for all editorial social media platforms at Sojourners. Responsibilities include posting sojo.net website content to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; creating original content for each platform when possible; and diving into the analytics behind the posts to understand what’s working and what’s not. The editorial social platforms at Sojourners hold to a high degree of journalism ethics consistent with our editorial policies and practices, and this position falls within those parameters.

Responsibilities:

  • Help manage editorial social media handles (currently Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Use analytics tools and engagement insights provided within the social platforms to track growth and success across social channels
  • Monitor (and when necessary, reply to) social media comments to boost engagement
  • Work with magazine and online editors to produce social copy and headlines for our content
  • Alert the editorial team when there are important conversations happening on Twitter or other platforms that could lead to interesting stories or allow for us to reshare a relevant story we’ve already published
  • Update and maintain editorial spreadsheet with evergreen content that can be shared on our distribution platforms beyond immediate news moments
  • Pitch and write/produce online search engine optimized (SEO) content for sojo.net
  • Attend weekly meetings and planning retreats with the editorial staff
  • Coordinate with other teams at Sojourners to manage social media ads, events, and cross-platform collaboration
  • Recruitment and application processing in coordination with the fellowship director
  • Sort mail in the office 1-2 times weekly
  • Office maintenance tasks in coordination with the office manager
  • Administrative tasks in coordination with the chief human resources officer

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working with or managing a social media account, preferably for a newspaper, magazine, or other publication
  • Strong writing, editing, communication, and organization skills
  • Familiarity with spreadsheets and willingness to learn more in-depth data and analytics skills
  • General understanding of the comments section on websites and social media platforms (prior experience moderating comments for a website or social media platform a plus)
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and prioritize tasks in fast-paced news environment
  • Enthusiasm for organization, accuracy, and detail
  • Ability to practice appropriate self-care when dealing with ugly comments online
  • Creativity and initiative
  • Basic knowledge of HTML, content management systems, and email management systems a plus

Personal and Professional Development:

  • Receive training in audience engagement through social media platform management and social content creation
  • Gain highly sought-after entry-level audience engagement and social media editing experience
  • Learn the basics of the top social media platforms
  • Learn how an email management system works
  • Learn how to make editorial decisions based on analytics from social media platforms and Google Analytics
  • Write articles to capture the attention of people who are searching for content online

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: Marketing
Supervisor: Senior Director of Marketing

The Marketing Assistant supports a team the works to generate non-restricted revenue for Sojourners through advertising and subscriptions and general marketing to expand awareness of and impact of Sojourners mission.

Responsibilities, Advertising Sales Support:

  • Coordinate ads for magazine production, assist with planning and proofing magazine layouts, particularly special sections relevant to the advertising department such as Great Reads
  • Upload web ads to Google Ad Manager (GAM) and newsletter ads to email templates
  • Utilize GAM and email platform to run digital ad performance reports, compile into a spreadsheet (Excel) and deliver to Advertising Sales Manager
  • Create email messages using HTML code provided by advertisers for sponsored emails; troubleshoot and correct errors as necessary until final approval is received by advertiser

Responsibilities, Magazine Circulation:

  • Create email messages using templates and HTML to promote subscriptions to Sojourners
  • Respond to direct subscriber questions and concerns. This includes email, phone, and written correspondence from customers and agents
  • Learn the Cambey & West database and work with the outside fulfillment house to resolve customer service issues
  • Process magazine refund requests monthly
  • Fulfill magazine premiums and magazine claims weekly; and manage shipping supplies

Responsibilities, Marketing:

  • Upload in-house ads to the website, manage in-house email newsletter ads
  • Submit invoices and reimbursement forms to Anybill on behalf of the marketing team
  • Represent Sojourners at conference exhibitions

Skills: The ideal candidate is someone with a sharp attention to detail, who is a problem solver and can work both in a team environment and independently

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and adhere to deadlines
  • Thoughtful and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Previous experience in sales or customer service
  • MS Office proficiency in Word and Excel
  • Photoshop and graphic design experience a plus but not required

Personal and Professional Development: In this position, the Assistant will gain experience in digital marketing, customer service, and nonprofit management. This position will develop and strengthen problem-solving and communication skills.

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.