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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Major Gifts Officer.”
The Forward is looking for an independent, creative and strong-minded opinion editor to lead a crucial part of our legendary journalistic institution. The ideal candidate is eager to build on a solid foundation to attract and engage an ever-widening readership interested in how Jewish ideas frame the national and global conversation.
The opinion editor is responsible for presenting a wide range of curated and edited opinion from regular columnists and occasional contributors, representing diverse perspectives from across and beyond the community on topics of national and Jewish importance. The person in this key editorial position will write, commission, edit, and publish op-eds and analysis both online and in our print edition. This involves publishing multiple pieces online every day, sourcing images, fact-checking, and writing headlines and all other display copy. In addition to publishing a wealth of timely items pegged to the news each day, the opinion editor will conceive and execute bigger projects. She/he will continually grow the Forward’s stable of opinion writers and explore new ways of engaging readers on the critical issues facing our community.
The ideal candidate will have:
- A voracious appetite for news and ability to react to it quickly by writing or commissioning opinion and analysis;
- Demonstrated digital savvy and intimate familiarity with the media publishing landscape (both Jewish and general media), including a sharp sense of what sorts of pieces will perform well online;
- Impeccable editing skills, including the ability to redirect a writer’s pitch to optimize its relevance for our audience, and the ability to do substantive edits on completed submissions;
- Knowledge of Jewish affairs and issues, in America, Israel, and across the globe
- A strong network of writers with diverse perspectives, spanning all political orientations, varieties of religious observance or non-observance, geographical location, and so on;
- Desire to publish a balanced diet of perspectives, including perspectives that differ widely from one’s own, and the ability to critically assess all arguments;
- Sharp headline writing skills tailored to our constantly shifting digital environment;
- Ability to multi-task, stay organized, and prioritize various projects with different deadlines;
- Ability to recruit and manage interns, oversee the editor-at-large, and edit the editor-in-chief’s editorials and personal essays;
- Ability to evaluate all columns and editorials using quantitative and qualitative metrics;
- Collegial attitude and desire to work with other members of our close-knit senior team on daily strategy and larger projects. Eagerness to work with other section editors as well as illustration and design staff;
- Experience with newsletter creation (e.g. Sailthru), traffic reporting (e.g. Google Analytics), photo selection (e.g. Getty Images), and one or more CMS (e.g. WordPress) is a plus
This full-time position is located in our New York City office.
To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the subject line “Opinion Editor.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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.
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