Major Gifts Officer
The Forward is North America’s leading Jewish media organization. With a digital readership of over 1 million per month and a print circulation of about 27,000, it reaches a broad-based Jewish population covering news, culture and opinion in a non-partisan manner, presenting multiple viewpoints and perspectives. The Forward’s public service mission is to promote an informed, connected and inspired American Jewish citizenry through outstanding journalism.
Founded in 1897 in Yiddish, the Forward launched its English language edition in 1990. Now in its 120th year, the Forward is committed to an ambitious plan to expand digital content and distribution, to fully embrace a digital first strategy, and to significantly expand its base of philanthropic support.
We are currently seeking a Major Gifts Officer to help grow the Forward’s base of both restricted and unrestricted philanthropic support from individuals capable of making gifts of $5,000 or higher. The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for reaching annual targets in terms of both dollars and donor contacts. This individual will work closely with our Chief Development Officer, our Chief Executive Officer and our board leadership to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a growing portfolio of major individual donors and prospects; he or she will oversee the Forward’s giving societies and pursue strategies to expand the pool of major donor prospects. The MGO will plan events and engagement/recognition opportunities. Some travel is required. This position reports to the Chief Development Officer and will be a key member of the Development team.
- Key member of the development team in executing an ambitious growth plan for major gifts.
- Meet fundraising goals by securing gifts and pledges of $5,000 and higher from a portfolio of approximately 150 individual prospects per year.
- Build and strengthen relationships with major donors, both existing and new, through personal meetings, events and other activities.
- Ensure that the Forward is delivering an exceptional and meaningful donor engagement experience.
- Actively engage in the qualification and rating of new donor prospects and make recommendations on prospect strategies.
- Fulfill responsibilities as assigned with regard to a wide variety of special events, ranging from home parlor meetings, to on-line lectures and interviews, to major gala benefits.
- Document and track actions and communications with donors and prospects using the Forward’s fundraising database, and help to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of all donor and prospect information.
- Other duties as assigned.
- B.A. or B.S. required
- Minimum 4 years of progressively responsible experience in nonprofit development, specifically in major gifts fundraising.
- Proven success in direct, personal solicitation of gifts of $5,000 and higher.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills
- Detail-oriented and ability to work under tight deadlines
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and fundraising database software, preferably Raisers’ Edge
- Knowledge of, and continuing interest in, American Jewish culture and community is strongly preferred
To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the subject line “Major Gifts Officer.”
VP of Circulation and Operations
- Bachelors Degree
- 7-10+ years direct management of consumer subscription revenue digital and print
- Near “best-in-class” direct marketing skills
- Familiarity with customer market research approaches
- Experience and success in effecting a print/digital conversion (frequency reduction/pay-meter implementation) is a plus
- Oversight of all print and web circulation and direct marketing, pay-meter, and donor marketing
- Develop new subscriber and donor acquisition protocols.
- Ongoing testing and improvement of direct marketing programs
- Conducting surveys, focus groups and other market research
- Develop promotional materials.
- Manage printing and distribution operations
Measures of Success
- Consumer subscription and donation revenue vs goal
- Forward overall achievement of revenue, expense, and net income goals, and audience metrics
To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “VP Circulation.”
The Forward seeks an aspiring journalist to join its culture desk for a paid internship. The culture intern will work 25 hours a week at $10 an hour and must commit to a 10-week program at a minimum. The internship may be renewable, subject to management approval.
The intern will:
- Pitch, write and report stories on Jewish cultural events and trends for the Forward’s blogs, website, and print edition.
- Work with the Forward’s content management system to post blogs and stories to the internet.
- Assist the culture editor with photo research, fact-checking, and administration.
- Help with proofing of the weekly print paper.
- Contribute to Forward special sections like the Forward 50.
- Have the opportunity to contribute to the Forward’s news and opinion desks.
The ideal candidate will be a perceptive, motivated writer with a strong voice who is eager to gain experience writing a variety of pieces, from brief blog posts to profiles and features. S/he will also be a quick writer with well-honed research skills, ready to turn pieces around on quick deadlines.
The intern will cultivate reporting, writing, editing, and research skills by working alongside seasoned reporters and editors. S/he will be closely supervised and mentored by the culture editor, and will take part in the same professional opportunities afforded the staff. Previous fellows and interns have gone on to work for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.
Send a cover letter, resumé and 3 clips to Talya Zax at email@example.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted within two weeks of submitting your application; otherwise, you may assume that The Forward cannot offer you a fellowship at this time. No phone calls or follow-up emails, please.
The Forward seeks an aspiring journalist for a paid internship on its news team. The internship would run for at least 10 weeks. A minimum of 15 hours per week is desired, although work hours are flexible.
The ideal candidate will create content and write. He/she might also play a key role managing our presence on a number of social media and other platforms.
- Proven experience in journalism.
- Outstanding oral and written communication, collaboration and teamwork skills.
- Some experience with content management systems and other web-based publishing tools.
- Experience in social media management.
- Superior writing and editing skills — and great nose for news.
- Knowledge of the Jewish world is a plus.
- Working knowledge of either Hebrew or Yiddish would be a plus.
Forward interns are paid $10 an hour or may receive academic credit.
About The Forward
The Forward is American Jewry’s essential, independent news organization, delivering incisive coverage of the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews with rigorous, unbiased reporting and balanced, thoughtful commentary on news, politics, arts and culture that are acclaimed in the news industry. The Forward produces enlightening and entertaining multimedia content in English and Yiddish through a variety of newspapers, websites, blogs, videos, podcasts, e-books and apps.
Founded in 1897, the Forward has the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup. It occupies a unique position of independence as a nonprofit news organization, beholden to no institution, denomination or political faction.
Send a resume, cover letter and samples of work (including graphics) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Forward Association, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer.
About the Forward
The Forward delivers incisive coverage of the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews. Its rigorous reporting and balanced commentary on politics, arts and culture have won numerous awards year after year, including repeated recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Founded in 1897 as a Yiddish-language daily, the Forward soon became the most widely read Jewish newspaper anywhere, with a larger circulation in the 1920s than the New York Times. It chronicled the events that affected a population of immigrants eager to take their place in American life, and published regional editions around the country before any other newspaper.
The English Forward was launched as a weekly in 1990. Its perspective on world and national news, and its unparalleled coverage of Jewish arts and culture, have made it the most influential nationwide Jewish media outlet today. More than half a million readers visit forward.com each month for award-winning news, thoughtful commentary, and captivating videos. And more than 40,000 subscribers receive e-newsletters that highlight the latest stories and areas of special interest like Arts & Entertainment and Food & Drink.
The Forward has always been a nonprofit association and is supported by the contributions of its readers.