Overview of AJWS
Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. AJWS advances the health and rights of women, girls and LGBT people; promotes recovery from conflict, disasters and oppression; and defends access to food, land and livelihoods. AJWS pursues lasting change by supporting grassroots and global human rights organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and by mobilizing supporters in the U.S. to advocate for global justice. Working together, the AJWS community strives to build a more just and equitable world.
The Editorial & Marketing Associate will join a dynamic team of writers and editors who use the written word to inspire AJWS’s supporters through marketing materials, blogs, publications and stories of AJWS’s work and impact. This position combines masterful writing, eagle-eyed proofreading and a commitment to building a more just and equitable world.
- Support the Director of Publications and Messaging to produce a wide range of publications (print and digital)—including brochures, annual reports, grantee profiles, one-pagers, policy papers, and FAQ.
- Write and edit marketing materials to support AJWS’s events—including invitations, ads, event programs and talking points.
- Write and edit the bi-monthly newsletter to the board of trustees, highlighting achievements from staff throughout the organization.
- Edit and proofread a wide variety of content produced by staff across the organization, including press releases, fundraising emails and publications of all kinds. Follow and implement the guidelines in AJWS’s style guide and serve as a “help desk” resource for all staff inquiries about grammar, punctuation and writing style.
- Interview activists and human rights leaders when they visit AJWS’s office and write stories for the website (ajws.org) and blog (ajws.org/blog/). *There may be opportunity to travel to the countries where AJWS works to interview beneficiaries of our work and report on AJWS’s impact on families and communities.
- Collaborate closely with AJWS’s human rights programmatic and fundraising staff to “translate” the technical language of international development work into clear, vivid prose that will inspire giving and action.
- Upload, tag and archive content to the AJWS Story Bank—a digital database of stories demonstrating our impact.
- For candidates with knowledge of Jewish history, texts and social justice issues, there will be opportunity to write and edit educational resources for a Jewish audience.
- Bachelor’s degree—ideally with an emphasis on communications or marketing
- 2 + years’ experience in an editorial, writing or journalism position
- Exceptional writing skills, meticulous copy editing and proofreading ability, and a passion for excellence in a final written product
- Adept at conveying complex ideas in clear, compelling, motivational language
- Demonstrated journalistic skill (interviewing subjects, eliciting powerful quotes, writing attention-grabbing stories)
- Enthusiastic and receptive to being edited and to learning from feedback. Experience adapting personal writing style to an institutional “voice.”
- Team-player and collaborator
- Experience with and commitment to human rights and social justice.
- Basic knowledge of Jewish community and social justice issues. Additional background and understanding Jewish texts and traditions a plus.
People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.
Authorization to work in the US is required.
How to Apply
For immediate consideration, click on the link to apply below. Applications must be submitted with the following to be considered:
- Cover letter
- Three writing samples (at least one unpublished/unedited—i.e. no one has reviewed it other than you)