Supervisor: Chief Strategy and Impact Officer

Communications and federal legislative advocacy are at the heart of what Sojourners does and the communications and policy assistant is a critical member of the overall team working to push out the organization’s message in the media and advance progressive social change at the federal level. in Congress. Responsibilities include preparing press briefings for organizational spokespersons, tracking media and coordinating media requests, conducting legislative and policy research, and conducting policy outreach.

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. 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. The application deadline is June 15, 2022. 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: 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. The application deadline is June 15, 2022. 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. The application deadline is June 15, 2022. 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. The application deadline is June 15, 2022. 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

Do you have a passion for social justice? Sojourners is an ecumenical Christian media and advocacy organization that works toward social and racial justice. We are looking for someone who can combine their interests in social justice, sales or marketing, and faith to contribute to underwriting the mission of the organization through advertising sales.

The Marketing Department has a three-pronged mandate of 1) generating non-restricted, earned revenue through advertising that appears in Sojourners magazine and digital publications, 2) revenue from subscriptions to Sojourners and other resources, and 3) marketing Sojourners products, services, and mission to target audiences. This position primarily focuses on generating advertising sales revenue but also supports the broader team’s goals and objectives by participating in a team-based, supportive environment and through special projects.

The Advertising Sales Manager generates non-restricted, earned revenue for Sojourners through sales of advertising that appears in Sojourners magazine, email publications, and website. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is highly motivated, able to work independently, and adept at juggling multiple priorities. 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. This is an exceptional opportunity for a mission-minded and innovative media sales or marketing professional.

Advertising Sales Responsibilities:

  • Develop relationships built on trust and credibility with prospective and existing clients.
  • Source and generate qualified new prospects through competitive research and cold calling.
  • Meet with advertisers in person, on the phone, or by video conference to conduct needs assessments.
  • Create compelling proposals, deliver them in a timely manner, and follow up as needed.
  • Close sales in order to meet monthly and yearly revenue targets.
  • 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.
  • Provide weekly updates to supervisor on account activity, pipeline, and forecasting.
  • Provide back up for ad coordination and trafficking.

Marketing Responsibilities:

  • Manage paid advertising for Sojourners’ products and services in coordination with Marketing Director, including but not limited to Google Adwords, Facebook, and Instagram advertising.
  • Represent Sojourners at conference exhibitions.

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.

  • Patience and persistence on the occasion of a longer sales cycle.
  • Time and resource management skills.
  • Previous sales experience, preferably media sales.
  • Passion for nonprofit journalism and the intersection of faith and social justice.
  • Four-year college degree in 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.
  • 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 or Advertising Sales Manager 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.

Starting annual salary level for this position is $50,000 or more. Excellent benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, 20 days’ paid vacation, 401(k) plan with employer match, and a positive, faith-based work environment.