Social Media Manager
Digital - NYC
Overview/Purpose: THE FORWARD is seeking an experienced and creative person to make sure our readers encounter our amazing stories on any and every platform: a strong individual with a diverse background and experiences that will help bring THE FORWARD to every corner of the world. The Forward delivers incisive coverage of the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews.
Now in its 120th year of operation, the Forward’s rigorous reporting and balanced commentary on politics, arts and culture has won awards year after year. The Social Media Manager will act as the liaison between THE FORWARD and social companies like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, Pinterest, Reddit and Snapchat.
Qualified candidates should be steeped in the latest social media trends, enjoy a fast-paced environment with a real-time, nimble editorial strategy, and be a numbers monster able to make effective use of data analysis. At least 2 years’ experience is required. The role will report to the Dir. Audience Development and Community and is based in New York City.
• Oversee daily posting to all of THE FORWARD’s social channels.
• Make sure that THE FORWARD is an early presence on new social platforms.
• Develop and circulate best practices to contributors and staff.
• Proactively build relationships with key social media platforms, and bring insights to the organization to ensure we’re reacting to the platform changes.
• Work with our edit, design, and video teams to help produce highly sharable original content that’s produced for exclusively social distribution.
• Work with business and marketing partners.
• Collaborate with our Audience Development team to understand the effectiveness of social channels and posts, and work to improve the effectiveness of every post through techniques like audience segmentation, geotargeting, etc.
Desired Skills & Qualifications:
• A strong understanding of social media platforms and trends and a proven track record of scaling those platforms.
• Experience developing and executing top-tier social media content.
• Measurable success creating a brand’s social media strategy through innovative concepts and business development partnerships
• Experience successfully managing and motivating a team
• A nuanced, thoughtful understanding of social media messaging around current events, sensitive issues, or controversial topics
• Excellent judgment
• Analytic skills and a strong understanding of how to track and respond to data in real time Ability to turn social listening data into actionable, engaging social content plans
Apply now, send cover letter and resume to Sharon Gitelle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Major Gifts Officer
The Forward delivers incisive coverage of the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews. Now in its 120th year of operation, the Forward’s rigorous reporting and balanced commentary on politics, arts and culture have won numerous awards year after year. Today, with our digital and print editions in both English and Yiddish, the Forward reaches more than 1.2 million average monthly users and our readership is growing rapidly. Our public service mission, unchanged since our founding, is to promote an informed, connected and inspired American Jewish citizenry through outstanding journalism.
The Forward’s new strategic plan calls for a significantly expanded role for philanthropy in our revenue strategy, and we are growing our development function accordingly. We are currently seeking an experienced Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to 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. The MGO will be responsible for reaching annual targets in terms of both dollars and donor contacts; he or she will oversee the Forward’s major donor 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. The position reports to the Chief Development Officer.
- A bachelor’s degree and 4 years’ progressively responsible experience in nonprofit development, specifically in a major gifts environment
- Significant experience, and proven success, in personally soliciting gifts of $5,000 and higher
- Superior oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to manage and take ownership of multiple projects and to meet deadlines
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and fundraising database software, preferably Raisers’ Edge
- Knowledge of, and continuing interest in, American Jewish culture and community
To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the subject line “Major Gifts Officer.”
2016 Forward Summer Fellowship
The Forward seeks an aspiring journalist, opinion writer or blogger for a paid fellowship on its opinion team. Fellows must commit to a 10-week program at a minimum; there is a possibility of staying on for an extended period beyond that, though extensions are subject to management approval. The fellowship, which typically begins in June and runs into September, will start as soon as possible; applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The fellow will work 32 hours (4 days) per week, but work hours are flexible. Compensation is $10/hour.
The Fellow will:
- Regularly pitch and write pieces for the opinion section, both online and in print.
- Master the Forward’s content management system.
- Post blog posts and stories on the Web.
- Edit and copyedit blog posts and stories.
- Assist the opinion editor with photo research, fact-checking, and administration.
- Help with proofing of the weekly print paper.
- Contribute articles to special sections on education and the science of Jewish genetics.
- Receive weekly feedback from editors who will serve as mentors.
The ideal candidate will be hungry to pitch and write at least one opinion piece per week for the Forward website (short blog posts and longer pieces are both welcome), across a broad range of topics, from the American elections to Jewish social/cultural debates to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The fellow will hone reporting, writing, editing, and research skills by working alongside seasoned reporters and editors. S/he will be closely supervised and mentored by the opinion 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.
• Proven experience in journalism.
• Superior writing and editing skills.
• Experience writing opinion pieces and blog posts specifically tailored to the Web.
• Ability to write with voice and flair in a conversational style, and to make intelligent arguments without sounding academic.
• Strong news judgment.
• Some experience with content management systems and other web-based publishing tools, e.g. InCopy, WordPress, Symphony.
• Knowledge of the Jewish world or Hebrew language is a plus.
• Ability to spot stories of Jewish interest not covered in the mainstream media, or to look for uncovered Jewish angles in those that do make the MSM.
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. 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. The Forward Association, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer.
Send a cover letter, resumé and 3 clips (ideally opinion writing; links or PDFs accepted) to Sigal Samuel 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.
Grants Officer (part-time)
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 part-time Grants Officer to help grow the Forward’s base of both restricted and unrestricted support from foundations whose areas of focus include the Jewish community and/or public media. The Grants Officer will be responsible for reaching annual targets from both new and existing grants. This individual will work closely with internal stakeholders to ensure that grant requirements are met and reported on properly. This position reports to the Chief Development Officer and will be a key member of the Development team.
- Prepare letters of intent, grant proposals and grant reports for submission
- Maintain a strong working knowledge of available funding opportunities, and develop both new and existing relationships, in the Jewish and public media grantmaking communities
- Maintain a strong working knowledge of the Forward, its mission, its publications and its programs
- Develop and maintain a system for tracking grant deadlines
- Work closely with editorial and business staff colleagues responsible for programs funded by restricted grants, and keep them informed of deadlines and grant requirements
- Other duties as assigned
- B.A. or B.S. required
- Minimum of 3 years of successful grantwriting experience in a nonprofit environment, with a proven record of securing grants from varied sources
- Outstanding research, writing, editing and oral communications skills
- Detail-oriented and ability to work under tight deadlines
- Outstanding time management and project management skills
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and fundraising database software, preferably Raisers’ Edge
- Proficiency in the use of standard foundation research tools
- Familiarity with local and national funders in the Jewish and journalistic communities is preferred
- Knowledge of, and continuing interest in, American Jewish culture and community is preferred
To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the subject line “Grants 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.”
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.