Department: Mobilizing
Supervisor: Chief Strategy and Impact Officer

Do you have a heart for social justice? Sojourners has an immediate opening for an experienced Director of Communications to join our Washington, D.C., staff. The Director of Communications is responsible for developing and coordinating an overall communications strategy for the organization, lifting up the lead voices of Sojourners and its partners by overseeing media requests, pitching, and outreach, and helping to elevate Sojourners’ vision and voice in national, political, and religious media.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Media Relations for Sojourners

  • Oversee and support organizational efforts to influence and change the media and public narrative around faith, culture, and politics.
  • Leverage the message and public profile of the organization’s spokespersons, advocacy, and campaigns, through pitching and media bookings to national, political, and religious media, with an emphasis on lifting up BIPOC and women’s voices from Sojourners staff and partners.
  • Identify and cultivate new opportunities and build new contacts to leverage Sojourners’ message in the media.
  • Develop and oversee media strategy working across teams to strengthen organizational messaging efforts.
  • Develop and execute communications strategy for forthcoming book by Sojourners’ president.
  • Lead the monitoring of news coverage and social media around Sojourners’ priority issues and coverage of the organization; identify opportunities to comment on stories of interest.
  • Oversee and take responsibility for the tasks to strategize, write, and distribute relevant media advisories, press releases, and press kits.
  • Lead narrative and message development around priority campaigns and efforts.
  • Responsible for monitoring the overall narrative environment to identify and take advantage of rapid response opportunities.
  • Manage Communications Department staff and fellow.

Press Support to Partners/Coalitions

  • Liaise with outside partners in nationwide coalition media efforts such as the Circle of Protection and joint actions generated by the Faith Table, and projects such as Lawyers & Collars.
  • Provide pitching, media booking, and writing capacity for coalitions and key Sojourners partners.
  • Help to lift up the voices of Sojourners partners and allies, especially new voices and faith leaders of color.

Digital Communications:

  • Lead strategy and execute approval for digital content for Sojourners campaigns (SojoAction) and campaign’s social media channels in conjunction with the digital mobilization manager.
  • Lead in the creation of timely digital toolkits and other materials to support campaigns in their digital organizing and mobilizing efforts.
  • Collaborate with the internal multi-media team to create video and digital collateral that support Sojourners campaigns.
  • Develop social media influencer strategy for campaigns and the organization’s President.
  • Leverage social media as a media outreach tool and monitor developments in new media to promote the organization, campaigns, and President.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proven success in designing and implementing multi-pronged media outreach strategies. Seeking someone with proven year over year media growth and experience in diversifying media outlets and audiences.
  • Expert knowledge of the media and political world, as well as the church and religious world; knowledge and experience working with local and regional media, and Black and Latino news outlets, a plus.
  • Experience with strategic planning, coalition work, budgeting, program evaluation, and supervision.
  • Experience messaging and framing of social justice issues for narrative and culture change.
  • Experience building social media engagement channels and digital community building.
  • Understanding and experience with the message of Sojourners.
  • Knowledge of social, racial, gender, economic justice, war and peace, environmental justice, life, and dignity issues and the biblical and theological foundations and frameworks for addressing them.
  • Excellent message framing and communication skills, including writing and editing, and speaking comfort and experience.
  • Exceptional organizational skills to handle several assignments simultaneously, attention to detail, ability to multitask and prioritize; excellent interpersonal skills essential.
  • Ideal candidate will show great discretion and selection on appropriate use of Sojourners voices and contribution to press and social media ecosystem.
  • Previous experience with media tracking software; exposure to Meltwater software a plus.

TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Director of Communications 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. 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.

Department: VP/Chief Advancement Officer
Supervisor: Advancement


Sojourners has an immediate opening for an Advancement Special Projects Manager to serve on our advancement team, which is focused on fundraising and earned revenue. This role will provide key administrative and project management support to the VP/CAO in the lead up and during the public phase of our first ever capital campaign and 50th anniversary celebration year. The successful candidate will be familiar with fundraising operations, highly organized and detail oriented, and have the ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines.

This is a full-time position, preferably based in Sojourners’ Washington, D.C., office.*

Duties and Responsibilities:

Events Coordination

  • Assist with planning all aspects of the capital campaign launch and other capital campaign/50th anniversary events, starting with virtual events initially, and hopefully in-person events in 2022.
  • Work with the marketing and multi-media teams to create and distribute invitations, announcements, and other capital campaign communications to the public.

Campaign Coordination

  • Document donor pipeline and task assignments; track prospects and maintain timelines.
  • Research and identify corporate, foundation, and individual prospects.
  • Assist as needed to schedule meetings, prepare talking points, assemble presentations, and prep VP/CAO, President, and Director of Strategic Gifts for donor meetings.
  • Project manage the implementation of the capital campaign/50 th anniversary communications plan.
  • Create and implement an organized system for sending pledge payment reminders based on pledge agreements.
  • Acknowledge all campaign gifts and pledges in coordination with the Donor Services and Database Manager.
  • Assist with writing campaign correspondence including solicitation proposals, meeting requests, email updates, and meeting follow up.
  • Prepare agendas/materials for Board Capital Campaign/Development Committee meetings, document minutes, and follow up to ensure completion of action items.
  • Maintain master campaign calendar to maximize cultivation events and keep campaign committee on track.
  • Enter notes in database to track conversations and meetings.
  • Work with Donor Services and Database Manager to ensure pledges are entered into the database and assigned to gift payments correctly as they are received.

Campaign Communications

  • Follow up with pledge commitments and past-due pledges.
  • Prepare and update dashboards to show progress of campaign.
  • Work with development team to ensure that gifts are acknowledged with appropriate recognition and appreciation.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years of previous experience in a fundraising administrative support role.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or another fundraising database.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience planning and implementing engagement events for high net worth individuals preferred.
  • Familiarity with online donor and foundation research tools preferred.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to be self-directed as well as collaborate with staff colleagues.

*We prefer this position to be based in the Washington, D.C., office once it is safe to return; remote work, from anywhere, is the default until then, though EST hours may be required.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net with subject line “Advancement Special Projects Manager.” 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. Excellent benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, 20 days paid vacation, 401(k) Plan, and a positive, faith-based work environment.

Department: Web
Supervisor: Managing Editor, sojo.net

Sojourners has an immediate opening for an assistant news editor who will edit and report breaking news stories for sojo.net. The right candidate will thrive in a fast-paced news environment and feel a tiny thrill when she sees a breaking news alert. We are looking for someone with excellent editing skills who will join our online team to ensure Sojourners continues to articulate the biblical call to social justice.

This is a full-time position, preferably based in Sojourners’ Washington, D.C., office.*

Responsibilities:

  • Sharpen, fact-check, and copyedit original news stories for sojo.net
  • Be among the first to recognize news in religion, social justice, politics, and culture that is relevant to Sojourners’ editorial mission
  • Report a mix of news stories as pitched or assigned for sojo.net and Sojourners magazine
  • Build contacts within faith and justice sectors to maintain a deep list of sources, authors, and story ideas
  • Recruit and manage quality freelance reporters
  • Assist with editing other online content as needed
  • Uphold Sojourners editorial standards
  • Collaborate with other Sojourners editors to brainstorm new story ideas and develop editorial goals
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Ability to exercise sound editorial judgement and write accurately in a fast-paced news environment
  • Fluency in Christian theologies, the U.S. religious landscape, and contemporary media—and Sojourners’ place within them
  • Excellent writing and editing skills; proficiency with AP style; editorial experience, preferably in online media and/or nonprofit journalism
  • Strong organization skills and thrives at managing multiple tasks
  • Desire to work in a Christian workplace that strives to continually deepen its commitments to social justice
  • Enthusiasm for both independent and collaborative projects
  • At least two years of experience writing/editing for an online publication

*We prefer this position to be based in the Washington, D.C., office once it is safe to return; remote work, from anywhere, is the default until then, though EST hours may be required.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Assistant News 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 and create an inclusive and equitable culture. 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.

Department: Advancement
Supervisor: Director of Strategic Gifts

The Stewardship Manager will support Sojourners’ stewardship of strategic gifts from individual donors. Duties for the Stewardship Manager will include establishing and maintaining a midlevel donor program and stewarding a portfolio of planned giving prospects and donors; and other duties as assigned. Reports to the Director of Strategic Gifts.

This position is fast-paced, dynamic, and integral to the smooth operation of our organization. The ideal candidate for this role should possess strong communication skills, excellent networking abilities, and time management skills. He or she should be detail-oriented, able to juggle multiple priorities and projects, and work to ensure delivery of high-quality donor services.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Mid-Level Program

  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of midlevel donors (donors giving $500-$5,000), and maintaining up-to-date records in database.
  • Developing personalized digital engagement and direct marketing strategies, tailored to the midlevel donor audience, including thank you calls and emails, letters, special invitations, follow up to survey responses, lift notes, progress reports, and other activities.
  • Initiate prospect research and develop a segment/pipeline of high-value midlevel donors with the capacity to increase their giving to higher, using donor profiles and behavioral metrics; collaborate with Director of Strategic Gifts on engagement.
  • Work with Chief Advancement Officer, Director of Strategic Gifts, and other staff on engaging midlevel donors in the roll-out of the public phase of Capital Campaign.
  • Contribute ideas and experience to support messaging development, design, and processes for midlevel donor communications and engagement across the Advancement team; collaborate closely with Individual Giving, Major Gifts, Foundation Relations, and Advancement Operations teams.

Planned Giving

  • Serve as relationship lead for a Planned Giving donor portfolio of current donors and prospects; develop relationships through various cultivation calls, letters, and handwritten notes.
  • Create and implement a stewardship plan to recognize and engage planned gift donors who are not actively being cultivated and solicited by other assigned staff; work with the Director of Strategic Gifts and other staff in developing and coordinating strategies for major donors who are top planned-giving prospects.
  • Develop and manage a multi-year outreach/marketing plan for Planned Giving that incorporates the use of direct mail, email, website, advertising, and printed materials as deemed appropriate to solicit planned gifts.
  • Serve as a resource regarding charitable tax laws and their implications for charitable gifts.
  • Monitor the administration of all estates in which Sojourners is named as beneficiary, acknowledging all gifts that come through Planned Giving; communicate with Trustees, management, consultants, outside legal counsel, and committees to ensure that assets are properly distributed and used in line with the testator’s wishes, federal and state law, and Sojourners’ gift acceptance policies.

Other duties as assigned, including opportunities to proofread and edit funder communications, including grant letters of intent, proposals, and budgets.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three to five years’ experience in donor relations/donor services, midlevel giving, planned giving, or major donor experience in either a marketing or fundraising environment.
  • Proven track record of working in a forward-facing role and knowledge of customer service practices.
  • Proven ability to effectively build interpersonal relationships with a range of donors/prospects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and persuasive skills both written and oral.
  • Experience working with donor database or CRM systems; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Self-starter that enjoys calling donors and soliciting donations; comfort in “cold calling.”
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, attention to detail and process, and ability to record and track progress through CRM systems.
  • Enthusiastic team player, comfortable in an “all hands on deck” environment; able to operate and collaborate across multiple teams and thrive in a fast-paced culture.
  • Commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Stewardship 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. 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.

Department: Web
Supervisor: Managing Editor, sojo.net


Sojourners has an immediate opening for an assistant opinion editor for sojo.net. The right candidate will be endlessly curious, comfortable in a fast-paced news environment, and passionate about amplifying the full range of perspectives that shape the church and ongoing justice movements. We are looking for someone with excellent editing skills who will join our online team to ensure Sojourners continues to articulate the biblical call to social justice.

This is a full-time position, preferably based in Sojourners’ Washington, D.C. office.*

Responsibilities:

  • Edit, fact-check, and proofread 3-5 online opinion articles each week
  • Be among the first to spot new ideas, voices, or perspectives relevant to Sojourners' editorial mission
  • Continually build new contacts within relevant faith and justice sectors to recruit, develop, and maintain a diverse pool of regular writers and columnists
  • Assist with editing other online content as needed
  • Uphold Sojourners' editorial standards
  • Collaborate with other Sojourners editors to brainstorm new story ideas and develop editorial goals
  • Write occasional reviews, opinion articles, or features for Sojourners and sojo.net
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills; proficiency with AP style
  • Editorial experience, preferably in online media and/or nonprofit journalism
  • Fluency in Christian theologies, the U.S. religious landscape, and contemporary media — and Sojourners’ place within them
  • Successful record of developing less-experienced writers and those whose ideas or style may differ from one’s own
  • Ability to exercise sound editorial judgement in a fast-paced news environment
  • Strong organization skills and thrives at managing multiple tasks
  • Desire to work in a Christian workplace that strives to continually deepen its commitments to social justice
  • Enthusiasm for both independent and collaborative projects

*We prefer this position to be based in the Washington, D.C., office once it is safe to return; remote work, from anywhere, is the default until then, though EST hours may be required.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Assistant Opinion 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 and create an inclusive and equitable culture. 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.

Department: Advancement
Supervisor: VP/Chief Advancement Officer

Sojourners has an immediate opening for a Director of Advancement to serve on our Advancement team, which is focused on fundraising and earned revenue. The successful candidate will be curious, driven, organized, a Raiser’s Edge power user, and a firm believer in the importance of quality data and systems management. Knowledge of both fundraising operations as well as strategizing front-line multi-channel fundraising strategies for <$1,000 donors will be key to this role. This role will report to the VP/Chief Advancement Officer and manages the Director of Individual Giving as well as the Donor Services Team, which includes the Donor Services and Database Manager as well as a Donor Services Assistant.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervision

  • Supervise the Director of Individual Giving who leads multi-channel fundraising for donors giving <$1,000 per year and provide strategic guidance through data-driven analysis and insights to grow this $1.2M revenue area.
  • Supervise the Donor Services and Database Manager in the work of receiving, processing, and acknowledging all contributions and responding to donors’ questions and concerns.
  • Supervision of these team members will include support in achieving their goals through collaboration, mentorship, and professional development.

Operations

  • Manage use of the donor database software system (Raiser’s Edge), including oversight of protocols, data entry, and data integrity.
  • Oversee online donation processes through our email provider Engaging Networks and serve as a primary point of contact for merchant services provider IATS.
  • Provide finance department with monthly reports for purposes of reconciliation of the donor database to general ledger.
  • Lead the Advancement team through the annual audit process, preparing reports and communicating with the CFO as needed.
  • Project manage in-house mailings.
  • Lead departmental budgeting process.
  • Update and maintain standard operating procedure manuals and run point on creation of new processes when needed.

Data Management, Analysis, Reporting

  • Oversee data health projects.
  • Support the Major Gifts program and VP/Chief Advancement Officer including, a) regular report of top 500 donors and assist with ensuring notes/actions are entered on a timely basis, and b) coordinating data needs of staff.
  • Support the Advancement team with data-driven analysis and insights including developing a series of dashboard reports for the VP/Chief Advancement officer to analyze donor and giving patterns.
  • Work on special projects as assigned by VP/Chief Advancement Officer.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • 5 years’ experience with Raiser’s Edge.
  • Experience with online fundraising platforms.
  • Experience creating systems to share information between databases.
  • Experience with creating and customizing reports.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Record of leading and managing a successful multi-channel fundraising program for <$1,000 donors with experience in online fundraising and direct mail.
  • 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.
  • Embodiment of our organizational values of teamwork and optimism.
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively organize and coordinate multiple priorities.
  • Problem-solving abilities paired with excellent judgment.
  • Ability to train and answer questions from non-technical users.
  • Understanding of and commitment to Sojourners’ faith-based mission.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to jobs@sojo.net or Director of Advancement 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. Excellent benefits package includes paid health insurance, 20 days paid vacation, 401(k) Plan, and a positive, faith-based work environment.

The Sojourners Fellowship Program is a spiritual formation program that embodies Sojourners’ commitment to Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. Currently in its 35th year, the yearlong program combines full-time jobs in our office with an opportunity to live in an intentional Christian community. Between eight and ten fellows are selected into the program each year.

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