Department: Online editorial
Supervisor: Editor of sojo.net


Sojourners seeks an energetic short-term reporter to cover faith and immigration. Aligning with Sojourners' editorial mission, the reporter will cover how migrant and non-migrant faith communities are responding to the immigration crisis unfolding at the U.S.-Mexico border and around the country. The ideal candidate will have a nuanced understanding of topics related to immigration and the variety of Christian traditions in the United States.

We are seeking someone to work 20 hours a week for 12 weeks (March 4 – May 24, 2024) with some flexibility, at $30/hour plus a $200 biweekly health care stipend. This is a fully remote position with flexible hours, though the reporter will have the option to work in our Washington, D.C., office if desired. This position will report to the editor of sojo.net and work in close collaboration with the online news editor and editorial team.

This is a grant-funded position; the Sojourners editorial team retains full authority over all editorial content.

Duties:

  • Report at least 15 news stories as pitched or assigned for sojo.net, including a three-part feature series on a topic agreed upon by the reporter and editor
  • Balance writing quick-turnaround stories on faith and immigration with longer-term, more feature-style pieces
  • Monitor developments in immigration, with an eye toward faith communities, social justice, and politics to supply a steady stream of relevant story ideas and sources
  • Pitch approximately two stories per week to editor

Qualifications:

  • Experience writing accurately on deadline
  • Quality writing and reporting clips, preference for stories focused on religion and immigration
  • Ability to move quickly and juggle multiple assignments at once
  • Ability to practice appropriate self-care when dealing with trauma in the news
  • Knowledge of AP style

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. Our work has earned awards from the Associated Church Press, Evangelical Press Association, and the Religion News Association, and has been cited by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other national publications.

To apply:

Please send a brief summary of your experience, resume, and clips to news@sojo.net with the subject line: “Immigration Reporter Application.” Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Sojourners Fellowship Program is dedicated to Christian discipleship, community, and professional development. Participants live together in a shared home and build relationships with one another as an intentional Christian community. Each fellow is assigned a work placement in a departmental team at the Sojourners office in Washington, D.C. The program offers a holistic experience, enabling participants to acquire both relational skills and vocational or job-related skills that are applicable to many future endeavors.

Up to six individuals are chosen to join the program each year. While individuals from diverse life stages and career paths are encouraged to apply, most participants are recent college graduates. This fellowship provides an opportunity for personal, spiritual, and professional growth, welcoming individuals aged 21 and older. Many participants have discovered that their year at Sojourners as a fellow is a period of exploring personal growth while gaining valuable work experience.

Click here for details on the program and how to apply.  

Department: Advancement
Supervisor: Director of Donor Services

 

Sojourners is a 52-year-old Christian ecumenical organization. Through our publications, mobilizing, and advocacy, Sojourners articulates the biblical call to social justice. We have resourced and equipped millions of people from around the world to put their faith into action for social justice.

The Donor Services and Database Manager is a key member of the Advancement team. They have primary responsibility for managing Sojourners’ donor database (Raiser’s Edge), ensuring accurate entry of gifts into Raiser’s Edge, coordinating acknowledgement letters, and maintaining and reporting data. This position collaborates with the Director of Donor Services on the development and implementation of donor services strategies and database best practices; and provides departmental support for prospect research, state registration renewals, and special projects. This position will also steward a small portfolio of mid-level donors. This role reports to the Director of Donor Services and will supervise the Donor Services Assistant beginning in August 2024.

Sojourners is a hybrid work environment. The Donor Services and Database Manager is expected to work from Sojourners’ Washington, D.C. office two days per week

Responsibilities

Operations and Data Management, Analysis, and Reporting:

  • Serve as the Advancement Department’s database administrator; manage the department’s database needs, including communication with tech support staff, and support Director of Donor Services with database optimization projects.
  • Ensure accurate data entry of donations received via mail, online, and other sources.
  • Process donations and constituent information daily in Raiser’s Edge through the import/export plug-in, and serve as liaison with our plug-in provider.
  • Manage weekly and monthly uploads of gift data from external sources into Raiser’s Edge.
  • Merge duplicates in Raiser’s Edge on an annual basis.
  • Coordinate the communication of all acknowledgments to donors, including preparing and sending monthly gift files for outsourced mailings and preparing letters as needed.
  • Support the Chief Advancement Officer and Director of Strategic Gifts by conducting and optimizing prospect research.
  • Work with vendor to manage Sojourners’ bi-annual state registration renewal applications for charitable organization status.
  • Manage workplace giving program through HCROA annual application process and the Combined Federal Campaign.
  • Provide special project support for the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Foundation Relations, and Director of Strategic Gifts as appropriate at supervisor’s request
  • With Chief Advancement Officer’s guidance, prepare departmental meeting agendas and facilitate weekly meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Donor Stewardship:

  • Actively steward and manage a portfolio of 25-30 mid-level donors.

Supervision:

  • In the future, supervise the Donor Services Assistant and their work to steward Sustainer’s Circle members and communicate effectively with donors.
  • In the future, support the Donor Services Assistant in achieving their goals through collaboration, mentorship, and professional development.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience working with querying, exporting, and manipulating large data sets in Raiser’s Edge.
  • 2 + years of development experience in a nonprofit setting strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 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.
  • Expert interpersonal skills; energetic; high emotional intelligence, and excellent management and coaching skills.
  • Interest in working with a team committed to developing and implementing fundraising strategies for people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds.
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively organize and coordinate multiple priorities.
  • Ability to train and answer questions from non-technical users.
  • Support for Sojourners’ mission.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts jobs@sojo.net with the subject line Donor Services Manager or mail materials to Donor Services 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.

Starting annual salary for this position is $50,000-54,000, depending on experience. Excellent benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, 20 days’ paid vacation, 12 days’ paid sick leave, 12 paid holidays, 401(k) plan with employer match, and a positive, faith-based work environment.