Sojourners has an unexpected opening in the fellowship program. Communications is at the heart of what Sojourners does and the communications assistant is a critical member of the overall team working to push out the organization’s message to highlight issues of importance to the faith community and change public narratives. Responsibilities include preparing press briefings for organizational spokespersons, tracking media narratives and providing analysis, and handling media requests from local, regional, national, and international media.
The Sojourners Fellowship Program is a leadership and professional development program dedicated to Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. Participants live in an intentional, Christian community and work alongside a departmental team at the Sojourners office in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Celebrating its 38-year history, program alumni have made a lasting impact on the social justice movement in the church, the United States, and around the world.
Eight to ten participants are selected into the program each year. People from all life stages and career paths are welcome. The program is designed to be a holistic experience focused on the following:
- Life and Faith: Fellows live together in Washington, D.C. and experience life as an intentional Christian community: sharing meals, a common budget, weekly house meetings, and prayer.
- Prayer and Discipleship : Fellows participate in weekly faith and justice seminars during work hours, monthly chapel services with colleagues, and three community retreats.
- Work and Vocation : Calling and vocation is a central part of the Christian life. Fellows work full-time in the ministry of Sojourners. Each participant is placed in an entry-level position in one of our departments and is paired with a mentor. Part of the vocational discernment process involves calling. Fellows will wrestle with God’s calling upon their lives during this year.
Compensation : Sojourners provides all housing, meal, local commuting, and health insurance expenses. Each fellow receives a $175 monthly stipend (after tax), as well as $200 upon successful completion of the program.
This is a full-time position based in Sojourners’ Washington, D.C. office*
- Develop and maintain media lists
- Track media for executive team, campaigns, and Sojourners.
- Assist in the organizing of press conferences, round table media briefings and other events
- Be assigned to a long-term organizational project for the communications team
- Provide daily news round ups for internal and external use
- Compile media reports for grant writing
- With guidance from the Director of Communications, research and write content for press releases, media advisories, opinion editorials and internet media-related publications
- With guidance from the Director of Communications, pitch stories to media outlets
- Regular writing for sojo.net, the Sojourners online platform
- Administrative duties as assigned
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. The nature of communications 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 in social media.
*This position is based in the Washington, D.C., office once it is safe to return; remote work will be based in the DC Fellows House until then.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to email@example.com with the subject line Fellowship: Communication Assistant Search. Applications will be accepted until June 17, 2021.
The Sojourners Fellowship Program is a spiritual formation program that embodies Sojourners’ commitment to Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. 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.