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Receptionist

VP of Innovation

Account Executive, Advertising Sales

Database Specialist

News Intern

Food Writer

Arts and Culture Intern

About the Forward



Receptionist

Job description:

The Forward is seeking detail-oriented and reliable applicants to fill the role of receptionist. He/she will be responsible for greeting visitors, directing calls, and some administrative and clerical tasks.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Answer phone, direct calls, and answer basic subscription inquiries
  • Monitor office entrance and egress and greet visitors
  • Coordinate with building security
  • Sort incoming mail and bring packages to employees
  • Post daily mail and go to post office, as necessary
  • Help departments with larger mailings and mail projects
  • Assist Senior Executive Assistant, as needed
  • Order office supplies, coffee and tea
  • Handle conference room bookings
  • Assist with general finance and ad sales department needs

About The Forward

The Forward is the essential, independent news organization of the American Jewish community, 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 not-for-profit news organization, beholden to no institution, denomination or political faction.

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to search@forward.com



VP of Innovation

Job description:

The Forward is searching for a VP of Innovation to help the Forward grow and engage with a sophisticated audience. We are looking for someone with high energy, deep media experience, and a passion for non-profit, mission-driven journalism, as well as experience leading a team.

This person will oversee product; create strategy and processes; and lead full-time staff in execution and delivery, to ensure traffic and business goals are met. He/she should be deeply knowledgable about the media innovation space, as well as have experience in collaborating with colleagues to introduce digital practices across an organization.

This person should be passionate about engaging readership & influencers, and the Forward’s history, while also looking to the future. He/she will be evaluated on proficiency in setting and meeting goals and working with a team to achieve them. Interest in the Jewish world a plus.

Overview:

  • Primary responsibilities: Product. Growth. Engagement. Audience.
  • Digital experience only, with a track record of growth
  • Must have at least 8 years experience managing a team
  • Clear understanding and enthusiasm for interacting with and supporting the revenue side of the business
  • Understanding of analytics, distribution, SEO, and product development

About The Forward:

The Forward is the essential, independent news organization of the American Jewish community, 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 not-for-profit news organization, beholden to no institution, denomination or political faction.

To Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to drew@forward.com



Account Executive

Job description:

The advertising account executive is a Base Salary plus commission sales position responsible for maintaining and generating new advertising business for The Forward, forward.com, our social media placements and native advertising. The account executive reports to the VP of Sales, and services a cross-category client list to increase revenue, secure annual advertising contracts, and expand activity across all Forward platforms. In addition, the account executive is responsible for breaking new accounts from a list of leads developed in conjunction with the advertising department.

Major responsibilities and duties:

This position requires an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong work ethic. Specifically, the account executive will have the following responsibilities:
• Drive revenue and grow the base of advertising accounts
• Manage a list of 50 or more core clients, with regular contact to communicate The Forward’s message and value and to become a trusted consultant
• Build relationships with both agency and client decision-makers
• Develop attractive, integrated advertising packages with assistance from marketing staff
• Create proposals and presentations, when appropriate, that relate the Forward’s products and audiences to the specific marketing goals of clients and targets; establish The Forward as a high-end niche market option for national and major regional advertisers
• Create a territory plan within the first 60 days and update it quarterly thereafter
• Manage all territory leads and report on sales activity weekly
• Proactively alter territory plan and approach as necessary when pipeline analysis does not indicate that goals will be achieved
• Conduct client- and target-specific research on spending trends, upcoming campaigns, decision-makers, etc.
• Conduct a minimum of 5 meetings each week, defined as a meaningful discussion at the “needs analysis” stage or later; these meetings can be in person, on the phone, or via the Internet
• Explore ideas for new products with clients/prospects, and work with marketing and sales management to introduce these products
• Follow all workflow and production procedures—client-facing and internal—for running accounts
• Make collection calls as necessary to reduce days outstanding and assist accounting in the collection of bad debt
• Travel up to 20% of the time to meet with existing client decision makers and credible advertising prospects
• Perform other duties as assigned.

About The Forward

The Forward is the essential, independent news organization of the American Jewish community, 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 not-for-profit news organization, beholden to no institution, denomination or political faction.

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to search@forward.com



Database Specialist

Job description:

The Database Specialist will work under the supervision of the Development Operations Manager and will be responsible for processing and acknowledging all donations, and maintaining internal records of donations. He/she will also be responsible for generating mailing lists and labels, coordinating the mailing of donor premiums, and other donor correspondence.

In addition, the Database Specialist will be responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the donor database. He/she will be responsible for creating new records, updating constituent information, and monitoring duplicate records.

Other responsibilities include:

• Entering data, processing all gifts, and assisting with database maintenance
• Producing a variety of reports from fundraising databases including mailing lists and giving reports as requested
• Generating and distributing donor acknowledgement letters and creating and maintaining letter templates within Raiser’s Edge
• Distributing and coordinating donor premium gifts and maintaining inventory of mailing materials and premiums
• Assisting development officers in development-related activities as assigned.
Other duties as required

Qualifications

Data entry experience and proficiency with Raiser’s Edge or other donor or membership databases is required. Familiarity with MS Office programs, such as Word and Excel is required. Applicants should be accurate, well-organized, self-directed and reliable. Applicants should also be capable of multitasking and possess superior attention to detail and time-management skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, Internet research skills. A four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.

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.

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to Deb Greenberg at greenberg@forward.com



News Intern

Job description:

The Forward seeks a journalist for a paid internship on its news team. The internship would run for at least 10 weeks. A minimum of 20 hours per week is desired, although work hours are flexible. The intern will write multiple short items a day and will ideally graduate to also writing longer, more fully reported stories.

Requirements

  • Proven experience in journalism. Experience and interest in reporting and news a big plus.

  • Outstanding oral and written communication, collaboration and teamwork skills.

  • Some experience with content management systems and other web-based publishing tools.

  • A demonstrated interest in social media as a news source and personal platform.

  • Knowledge of the Jewish world.

  • Working knowledge of either Hebrew or Yiddish would be a plus.

Compensation

Forward interns are paid $11 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 noprofit news organization, beholden to no institution, denomination or political faction.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter and three samples of work including at least one example of a straight news story to the news editor, Helen Chernikoff at chernikoff@forward.com



Food Writer

We are looking for a savvy and intrepid PT food writer; must be news-hungry, a social media junkie with graphic and video production skills.

Duties will include:

  • Monitoring Jewish food news and great food content.
  • Coming up with creative ideas for food news items
  • Writing 5 daily blog posts, generally short (200 words or so), and procure or take images.
  • Creating and editing short videos for our social media channels.
  • Designing quick infographics that improve our food stories.
  • Helping with short- and long-term planning.
  • Using social media to push blog posts out, increasing visibility of Forward’s food content, reaching new audience, helping create buzz.
  • Using SEO tools to ensure that all posts are properly optimized for maximum performance.

To Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to avital@forward.com, subject line Part Time Food Writer.



Arts and Culture Intern

Job description:

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 $11 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 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 monthly print magazine. 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 hold a college degree and 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. Experience with image manipulation and working in content management systems is a plus, but not required.

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.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resumé and 3 clips to Talya Zax at zax@forward.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 an internship at this time. No phone calls or follow-up emails, please.



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.