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Director of Development

Forward Digital Fellow

About the Forward


DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, The Forward Association, Inc.

Job Description

The director of development, part of the senior executive team at America's premier Jewish media organization, is responsible for generating a significant portion of the revenue necessary to sustain a storied 117-year-old nonprofit to produce and deliver world-class, independent journalism for and about American Jews.

The director of development will work closely with the president/publisher and board to identify and engage individuals and foundations as potential major donors, to coordinate board members' giving, and to direct processes relating to acquisition, fulfillment, recognition and renewal of grants and contributions. He or she will represent the organization in a variety of external settings, and will participate with editorial and business staff colleagues in developing and implementing strategies for audience and donor engagement.

The director of development reports directly to the president/publisher.

Responsibilities

  • Identify, cultivate and solicit contributors and prospects to secure and increase major gifts, including planned giving and grants.
  • Promote and support complementary fundraising efforts by the president/publisher and board members.
  • Assist the president/publisher, the board and its development and nominating committees to recruit and develop board members actively engaged in ensuring organizational sustainability.
  • Create cultivation and recognition events, leveraging other public activities of the organization when possible and desirable.
  • Lead the development team — composed of a manager, grant writer (new position, currently vacant) and interns — and oversee its operations, including prospect research, donor database management, and reporting.
  • Collaborate with the marketing and audience development team on public relations and marketing initiatives impacting major-gift and grant-acquisition efforts.

Requirements

The development director must have:

  • Proven record of success in obtaining major gifts from individuals and foundations
  • Outstanding oral and written communication, collaboration and team leadership skills
  • Five to 10 years' management experience in development, with direct involvement in planned and annual giving and grant writing
  • Familiarity with regulatory and legal requirements for 501(c)(3) nonprofits and their fundraising activities
  • Awareness of cultural, social and political issues pertaining to American and global Jewry
  • Close knowledge of the Jewish philanthropic community
  • Facility with digital and social media, office applications and CRM/fundraising databases
Familiarity with journalism and digital media, Yiddish language and culture is helpful.

Compensation

Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, and excellent benefits including individual or family medical coverage, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, disability insurance, vision care, and 401(k).

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.

To Apply

E-mail your résumé and personal statement to search@forward.com.

The Forward Association, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer.



FORWARD DIGITAL FELLOW, The Forward Association, Inc.

Job Description

The Forward seeks a crackerjack journalist with significant graphics and data visualization skills to fill a newly created role as a Forward Digital Fellow, which is a one-year entry-level position.

The ideal candidate will have the technical know-how and creative chops to create smart, fun graphics for the Forward.com website, across a broad range of topics from news and opinion to arts and features. He/she should surprise and amaze our audience on a daily basis with inventive ways of visualizing stories about changing Jewish attitudes to Israel, the rising cost of belonging to synagogue, explaining why so many Nobel prize winners are Jewish or the demise of kosher restaurants on the Lower East Side.

Along with this visual role, the fellow would help a growing team of five editors run the Forward’s vibrant and fast-growing web site. He/she will also play a key role managing our presence on a number of social media and other platforms.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and create graphics and data visualization for the forward.com web site.
  • Help push out content and run social media across the Forward’s numerous platforms.
  • Assist in running the forward.com site, including posting and editing stories blog posts and multimedia.

Requirements

  • Proven experience creating graphics and multimedia elements for the web.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication, collaboration and team leadership skills.
  • Advanced degree in journalism.
  • Experience in social media management.
  • Superior writing and editing skills — and great nose for news.
  • Knowledge of the Jewish world is desired
  • Working knowledge of either Hebrew or Yiddish would be a plus

Compensation

Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, and excellent benefits including individual or family medical coverage, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, disability insurance, vision care, and 401(k).

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.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter and samples of work (including graphics) to goldiner@forward.com.

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.





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