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Executive Assistant

Account Executive, Advertising Sales

About the Forward



Executive Assistant (confidential)

Founded in 1897 on the Lower East Side as an outspoken voice for the immigrant Jewish community, over 120 years later, our ground-breaking and award-winning publication continues to be devoted to fearless journalism and deep cultural coverage, delving into the vast diversity of Jewish life in America today. Over the past few years the Forward has undergone a vital, digital transformation and the company leadership is committed to the next phase of growth and experimentation.

The Forward seeks an Executive Assistant to support the CEO/Publisher during this exciting moment of transition. We’re looking for someone independent and self-motivated to oversee administrative and organizational tasks, while working closely with the CEO and senior staff on a variety of projects. He/She must be highly organized, flexible, and willing to take on new challenges in a consistently evolving and innovating organization.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain the CEO’s calendar, scheduling internal and external meetings, events and calls, and arranging executive travel as needed.
  • Communicate and coordinate with the board and committees, organize meetings and prepare and assemble materials for board and committee meetings.
  • Maintain physical and electronic files of contracts, board proceedings, minutes and other significant corporate documents.
  • Maintain up-to-date records on board terms, committee memberships, and other information concerning governance.
  • Oversee charitable registrations and other routine legal issues pertaining to non-profit status.
  • Coordinate and communicate with building management, cleaning service, and other vendors as needed regarding office and equipment repair, maintenance and service needs.
  • Serve as point of contact for security issues, including coordinating access with security vendor, monitoring correspondence, and other security duties, as needed.
  • Other office administrative tasks such as communicating with staff, keeping company calendars and directories, and ordering business cards and stationary.
  • Provide administrative support to other members of the senior management team, as needed.
  • Assist with routine HR procedures.
  • Supervise receptionist.
  • Maintain confidentiality and act ethically and professionally at all times.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the CEO.

Requirements

The Executive Assistant must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Five or more years’ experience supporting a chief or senior executive, managing calendars, handling communications and successfully multitasking.
  • Excellent organizational, time-management, interpersonal and problem-solving skills; zealous attention to detail, autonomous follow-through and cooperative team spirit.
  • Fluent and clear written and spoken English; abilities in Yiddish or Hebrew are a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications – Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Internet proficiency; knowledge of the media industry a plus

Salary & Benefits

The Forward offers a competitive salary, extensive employee benefits – including medical insurance, prescription drug coverage, vision care, life insurance, employee assistance and discount programs and a 401(k) plan.

To apply Please send your resume and cover letter to drew@forward.com, subject line “Executive Assistant.”



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



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.



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.