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The Forward is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship status, color, race, national origin, disability, disability status, gender, pregnancy status or lactation accommodations, gender identity, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, marital, partnership or familial status, religion, creed, prior arrest or conviction record according to applicable law, veteran or military status, or genetic characteristics.

The Forward has a commitment to diversity both in the workplace and in its reporting and is looking for employees and perspectives from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Director of Individual Giving
Grants Manager
Opinion Editor
Reporter
Editorial Fellow
Internship Opportunity
Freelance pitches
About the Forward



Director of Individual Giving

The Forward is seeking a motivated and experienced Director of Individual Giving to join our growing development team.

Working under the supervision of the Vice President of Development, the Director of Individual Giving will prospect, cultivate, steward, and solicit donors with a special focus on four and five-figure gifts. The Director of Individual Giving will develop strategies for each donor for cultivation and solicitation as well as design and implement a major gift program to increase and diversify philanthropic support for the Forward.

This individual will join a legacy organization with a strong brand and deep loyalties, undergoing an incredible transformation to an all-digital media outlet serving the Jewish community in a variety of ways. Founded in 1897, the Forward is the leading voice in American Jewish journalism and a platform for civil discourse on issues that divide us. We are an independent, reader-supported nonprofit 501(c)(3) that sees journalism as a public service and pillar of our democracy. While we began as a socialist Yiddish newspaper, our only ideology now is that of inquiry, and we aim to serve the full Jewish community.

With the increased relevancy and need of independent, high-quality Jewish journalism in this time, our individual donor base has doubled in the past year, providing the Forward with a ripe pool of potential major donors. We are seeking a crucial member of our development team who will use data-driven strategies to steward existing supporters, prospect from a vast pool of low dollar donors and subscribers, and inspire and compel a portfolio of donors to fulfill their passions and interests through giving to the Forward.

This individual will be a self-starting, energetic, collaborative, and goal-oriented fundraiser who doesn’t shy away from a challenge. They will have an ability to empathize with donors, clearly communicate our organization’s mission, and effortlessly move from data-driven strategic thinking to frontline solicitation.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Major Donor and Development Strategy (40%)
-Design and implement an effective major gift donor program (defined as individuals giving over $1,000 per year), including setting goals and strategies to expand, cultivate, solicit, and steward the donor base.
-Work with the development and data teams to refine research, data entry, and acknowledgment processes as needed.
-Use donor data to build a pipeline of prospects who are capable of making major gifts.
-Support the CEO, Board, and staff with their portfolios, moves management, communications, solicitations (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic thought partnership, and help with donor communications).
-Create metrics and a reporting system to track development team progress.

Individual Giving and Stewardship (60%)
-Identify, develop, and maintain a personal portfolio of major donors through research, data mining, cultivation, stewardship, direct solicitations.
-Implement a rigorous moves management program with individual projections and frequent touch points to deepen donor engagement, with an emphasis on upgrading donors and securing multi-year commitments.
-Manage a solicitation calendar and direct strategic participation of key staff and board members in individual donor development activities.
-Establish and maintain ongoing donor and prospect relationships by phone/Zoom, written communication, and personal contact; create and execute personalized communications and engagement plans for each donor and prospect.
-Meet monthly and quarterly benchmarks and goals, based on activity with prospects and donors and dollars raised.
-Organize compelling funder briefings (Zoom, written, and visual) in collaboration with the marketing and development teams.
-Work with the development team to screen and prepare profiles of current and prospective donors.
-Track and report progress in Raiser’s Edge using specific metrics. Serve as an enthusiastic and well-informed spokesperson for The Forward at conferences and events.
-Work effectively with the development team to foster a culture of philanthropy organization-wide.
-Meet monthly and quarterly benchmarks and goals, based on activity with prospects/donors and dollars raised, with the goal of raising at least $200,000 annually.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
-At least 5 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, including relationship building with high-level donors.
-Comfort with developing, nurturing, and deepening relationships, as well as proven track record as a frontline solicitor, with demonstrated success in closing four- and five-figure individual gifts.
-Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in major gift fundraising, including donor research, cultivation, and stewardship.
-Superior interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to present to and communicate with diverse audiences.
-Well-organized multi-tasker who thrives in a fast-paced bias-towards-action environment.
-Excellent public speaking and written communication skills
-Ability to seize opportunities, set strategic goals, manage multiple time-sensitive projects simultaneously, and thrive in both an independent and team-driven environment.
-A sophisticated understanding of the Jewish community’s philanthropic landscape in the US.
-Experience with Raiser’s Edge (or similar fundraising database), DonorSearch (or similar wealth screening tool), and prospect research. Passion for The Forward’s mission of independent Jewish journalism and connection across generations and the diverse Jewish communities.
-Ability to travel up to 25% within the US (once travel is deemed safe).

Compensation:

Salary range is $80,000-100,000, depending on experience. All employees are offered a full benefits package including health, dental, vision and life insurance; paid time off, including Jewish holidays; 401k with a matching after one year of service; Pre-tax commuter benefits, flexible spending account, short and long-term disability and life insurance.

Location:

The position is based in our New York office. However, we are currently working primarily remotely until June 2021.

To apply:

Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in this position and relevant experience to jobs@forward.com . Subject line: Director of Individual Giving.

The Forward is an independent, reader-supported nonprofit committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our coverage, staffing and culture. The Forward is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information or any other status protected by law.



Grants Manager

The Forward is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented Grants Manager to join our growing development team.

The Grants Manager will report to the VP of Development and will be responsible for all components of the Institutional Grants program including research and identification of a robust list of prospective funders, writing of all reports and proposals and maintenance of the calendar to meet deadlines.
Additionally, the Grants Manager will be an excellent writer and will have responsibility for the stewardship of all foundation relationships and hold those relationships with program officers and foundation staff, when appropriate.

This individual will join a legacy organization with a strong brand and deep loyalties that is undergoing an incredible transformation to an all-digital media outlet serving the Jewish community in a variety of ways.

Founded in 1897, the Forward is the leading voice in American Jewish journalism and a platform for civil discourse on issues that divide us. We are an independent, reader-supported nonprofit 501(c)(3) that sees journalism as a public service and pillar of our democracy. While we began as a socialist Yiddish newspaper, our only ideology now is that of inquiry, and we aim to serve the full Jewish community.

With the increased relevancy and need of independent, high-quality Jewish journalism in this time, combined with the Forward’s ability to pivot and engage readers in timely content and issues, our individual donor base has doubled in the past year, and our foundation income has nearly quadrupled since 2018. We believe that there is significant funding available from aligned institutional funders and we are seeking a motivated self-starter with the expertise to do the necessary research and compelling communications skills to access this funding.

Position Responsibilities :

Planning and Strategy (35%)
-Develop and execute the Forward’s annual and long-term institutional fundraising plan, which includes a robust moves management program to achieve and maintain foundation support and advance relationships.
-Understand the Forward’s mission, programs, and goals to effectively explore and pursue new funding opportunities from a broad range of institutional prospects
-Perform relevant research to identify grant opportunities and cultivation plans for prospective funders;
-Identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process and streamline cultivation and stewardship of institutional funders;
-Build relationships with all internal departments to gather information and translate data and facts into compelling stories for stakeholders

Writing and Project Management (65%)
-Manage the grants’ calendar and ensure the timely submission of all proposals and reports;
-Lead the drafting of compelling letters of inquiry, concept papers, grant proposals, and other requests for institutional funding;
-Work with program staff to synthesize achievements and capture the Forward’s impact for inclusion in reports to funders and other communications;
-Coordinate with the finance team to prepare for funders all necessary budgets and financial statements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :
-Exceptional writing and editing skills with meticulous attention to detail
-A multi-tasker with the ability to work under pressure and manage concurrent deadlines
-The ability to quickly understand the unique mission of the Forward, balancing journalistic integrity and a commitment to the Jewish people, and to thoughtfully translate the work for a variety of audiences in accessible, persuasive, and inspiring ways
-Effective organizational, time, and project management skills with a nimbleness to shift between projects as needs evolve
-Able to work collaboratively with colleagues, and actively listen and willing to brainstorm and generate ideas with the team
-Passion for the Forward’s mission, committed to teamwork, and achieving results
-Experience in nonprofit fundraising and proven track record of successful grant awards preferred
-Experience with basic financial management including the development and monitoring of budgets and financial reporting preferred
-Proficient knowledge of computers and office related systems, including donor management databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge.

Compensation :
Salary for this position is $47,033 - $65,000 depending on experience. All employees are offered a full benefits package including health, dental, vision and life insurance; paid time off, including Jewish holidays; 401k with a matching after one year of service; Pre-tax commuter benefits, flexible spending account, short and long-term disability and life insurance.

Location :
The position is based in our New York office. However, we are currently working primarily remotely until June 2021.

To apply :
Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in this position and relevant experience to jobs@forward.com . Subject line: Grants Manager.

The Forward is an independent, reader-supported nonprofit committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our coverage, staffing and culture. The Forward is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information or any other status protected by law.



Opinion Editor

Are you a thinker who inhales the news and is passionate about exploring what it means for our diverse and divided communities? Do you love to argue and debate? Would you like to help drive, shape and host the conversations American Jews most need to have?

You might be the next Opinion editor of the Forward.

Creating a platform for civil discourse is core to the mission of the Forward, the nation’s oldest and leading Jewish journalism outlet. We are seeking an innovative, digital-savvy journalist eager to build on our tradition of high-quality and distinctive Opinion journalism as we reinvent the Forward for the future

The ideal candidates have at least five years of experience writing, editing or otherwise creating content that engages readers’ attention and lingers in their memories. They have broad interests and connections across the Jewish world and beyond. They are self-starters equally comfortable with strategic planning and day-to-day doing, able to juggle multiple projects and pivot quickly to respond to news and reader needs. They have a competitive drive but love to collaborate with colleagues. They are platform-agnostic, social-media fluent and committed to fairness. They have high expectations for themselves and others. They obsess about the audience.

Established as a Yiddish, Socialist daily broadsheet in 1897, the Forward from its inception has presented opinions that have shaken, shaped and informed its readers, and often reverberated beyond them. Fully digital since spring of 2019, we now want every American Jew to both see themselves reflected in our pages — and be challenged by them. In the words of the Forward’s founding editor, Abraham Cahan, “It’s as important to respect the opinions of others as it is to have opinions of one’s own.”

We are an independent, reader-supported nonprofit committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our coverage, staffing and culture. This is a senior leadership role, with a salary between $70,000 and $90,000 depending on experience, and generous benefits. The Opinion editor reports to the Editor-in-Chief, Jodi Rudoren, who came to the Forward in September, 2019, after 21 years as a reporter, editor and masthead leader at The New York Times.

Under Rudoren’s visionary leadership, the editorial team is in the midst of an exciting transformation to meet the current moment: an endless, frenzied news cycle in which content of all kinds is consumed largely on smartphones by a polarized public. We are seeking entrepreneurial idea-generators who are eager to test and learn.

Those interested should send a resume, one-page pitch for the job and five clips to jobs@forward.com . Subject line: Opinion Editor.

The Forward is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information or any other status protected by law.



Reporter

The Forward is seeking an intrepid, creative, digital-savvy journalist to join our newsroom as a reporter.

The successful applicant will be an omnivorous newshound with deep knowledge of — or at least passionate interest in — the Jewish world. We need someone who moves fast, juggles well, synthesizes clearly, pivots easily, writes cleanly, loves engaging directly with readers and possesses excellent news judgment, broad empathy, and contextual understanding. Yes, we want it all — a reporter steeped in internet tools and culture, a writer with a strong, conversational and explanatory voice.

This journalist should have at least five years of experience and be as comfortable writing newsletters or making Instagram stories as creating newspaper or magazine articles — and equally excited about these various forms and platforms. We are a small team with limited resources, so we need entrepreneurial instincts, and the combination of creativity and wherewithal to use third-party tools to vary storytelling formats. Data-visualization and multimedia skills are a plus; collegiality and a track record of collaboration a must.

Established as a Yiddish, Socialist daily broadsheet in 1897, the Forward taught generations of Eastern European immigrants what it means to be American. Fully digital since spring of 2019, we now aim to help every American Jew explore the nuances of that identity, ensuring that they both see themselves reflected in our pages — and challenged by them.

Under the leadership of Jodi Rudoren, who became the Forward’s Editor-in-Chief after 21 years at The New York Times, the newsroom is in the midst of an exciting transformation to meet the current moment: an endless, frenzied news cycle in which content of all kinds is consumed largely on smartphones by a polarized public. We need people who are passionate about the mission of informing and driving the American Jewish conversation, and open-minded about experimenting to learn the best ways to do so.

The Forward is an independent, reader-supported nonprofit committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our coverage, staffing and culture. This is a full-time role represented by the News Guild, with a salary range of $47,616 to $75,000 depending on experience.

Send resume, a one-page pitch for the job, and five clips to jobs@forward.com . Subject line: Reporter.

The Forward is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information or any other status protected by law.



Editorial Fellow

The Forward is seeking a responsible and resourceful journalist to work side-by-side with its Editor-in-Chief on strategy, operations and new initiatives. This year-long fellowship is a great entry-level opportunity for an omnivorous learner and dextrous doer. It is a full-time position, represented by the News Guild, with a salary of $37,304 and generous benefits.

This is not a reporting and writing job, though there may be occasional opportunities in those realms. It is, instead, a front-row seat to the challenges of digital nonprofit journalism, a chance to participate in real time in the revamping of a venerable legacy institution into an innovative, modern, essential outlet for news and conversation.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about digital media and also about the Jewish world. Nimbleness and ability to juggle multiple assignments is a must, as is skepticism, humility and humor. The fellow should be someone who thinks and moves quickly, researches widely, writes cleanly, communicates professionally, works collaboratively and has a strong sense of mission. Social-media savvy is a must; fluency with audience/analytics tools a plus; eagerness to learn new skills and try new things both crucial.

Responsibilities include:
-Supporting the editor’s weekly column/newsletter with research and production
-Helping the editor / team prepare for, program, plan and promote events
-Preparing material for internal and external presentations
-Doing competitive landscape research for new initiatives
-Curating content from other sources for roundups/publication
-Digging into audience data to understand trends and find opportunities
-Communicating with readers and others on behalf of editor and team
-Assisting in recruiting employees and freelance contributors across our diverse communities
-Developing partnership programs to engage members of Jewish organizations

The Forward, founded in 1897 as a daily Yiddish broadsheet, is the nation’s leading Jewish journalism outlet, now publishing in English and Yiddish at forward.com. It is an independent, reader-supported nonprofit, run by the Forward Association, and committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in coverage, staffing and culture.

To apply, please send resume, five clips, a cover letter explaining why you want the gig and contact information for two references to jobs@forward.com . Subject line: Editorial Assistant.

The Forward is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information or any other status protected by law.



Internship Opportunity: Digital reporting and writing

The Forward is seeking one or more beginning journalists passionate about digital and audience — and the Jewish world — for paid internships reporting and writing news items. The interns will work up to 29 hours a week for $15 an hour. The initial term is 10 weeks but the internship may be extended for up to a year. We accept rolling applications for this position, but are currently seeking a candidate to start immediately.

This is a fast-paced, reader-facing job in which interns will report, write and publish frequently on a broad range of subjects. We need people with experience at campus or other publications who know how to navigate the Internet and social media; have great story instincts and editorial judgment; move quickly and write clearly, with solid grasp of style and grammar rules; can juggle (projects, not projectiles); and work well in groups.

The intern will:
- Report, aggregate and write several items per day, including breaking news on politics, culture and more
- Scour the Jewish internet for news, conversation, opportunities and ideas
- Support colleagues reporting and writing stories
- Quickly source appropriate photos or other art
- Use social-media and other platforms to develop a robust readership for items
- Use audience tools and analyze traffic patterns to help optimize story selection and framing to meet reader needs

The ideal candidates will be equally interested in news from Israel and Hollywood; about the 2020 election or anti-Semitism. They will have a keen eye for what makes a story resonate for Jewish readers and know how to apply a sophisticated — or sometimes sassy — Jewish lens to the world. The interns should have sufficient Jewish background to be able to give stories proper context, but curiosity and commitment can go a long way to fill any gaps. They must work well under pressure and in collaboration with colleagues, and be eager to grow and be responsive to editors’ feedback. The goals are to file consistently clean copy; to be creative and flexible about format, medium and approach; to channel the Forward’s brand while developing individual voice; and to use audience tools like SEO to maximize impact of each piece.

Successful interns frequently graduate into yearlong fellowships and staff positions; we seek people who are pro-active, committed equally to our mission and to their own development.

The Forward, founded in 1897 as a daily Yiddish newspaper, is the nation’s leading Jewish journalism outlet, now publishing in English and Yiddish at forward.com. It is run by the Forward Association, a 501(c)3 and equal-opportunity employer.

To apply, please send a resume, five clips, a one-pager explaining why you want the gig, plus contact information for at least two references to jobs@forward.com . Subject line: internship.



Freelance Pitches

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.

Seeking Freelance Pitches:
We will consider trend stories, series, multimedia and video projects. Feel free to pitch profiles if the subject has agreed to give you excellent access. Do look in the news section of our website to see what we’re interested in, but don’t be limited by that. We’re eager to see proposals from communities of color as well as from Sephardi, Mizrahi, Russian and Bukharin communities.

We are looking for news and news features; not analysis, background, interpretation or explainers. We will consider historical pieces only if the story is brand-new and really compelling.

Compensation:

Compensation will be highly competitive for the right pitch. The Forward is an equal opportunity employer. All individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.

To apply:

To apply, please send detailed proposals including a list of sources to be interviewed, length range, proposed fee and deadline to the senior news editor, Rob Eshman, at eshman@forward.com and Benyamin Cohen at Cohen@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. Millions of readers visit forward.com each month for award-winning news, thoughtful commentary, and captivating videos. And close to 100,000 Facebook friends and subscribers receive e-newsletters that highlight the latest stories in news and culture, food and feminism, as well as the best in Jewish opinion.

The Forward has always been a not-for-profit association and is supported by the contributions of its readers.