Employment Opportunities

We’re hiring! We currently have openings for a Managing Editor, Individual Giving Coordinator, Database Manager, and Features Editor. Scroll down for the full job descriptions of each position.

 

Managing editor

Orion, a nonprofit quarterly magazine about nature and culture, seeks a Managing Editor to join our creative and hard-working team.

The Managing Editor will

  • acquire and edit one or more feature articles per issue
  • help review and evaluate submissions to the magazine
  • help coordinate special editorial projects
  • coordinate Orion’s production and design process
  • oversee the editorial budget
  • acquire and edit two or more departments
  • and provide support to Orion’s senior-level staff.

The Managing Editor will also supervise all staff members providing editorial and/or production support, and will therefore be skilled in managerial competencies, including self-observation, self-management, interpersonal awareness, attention to communication, personal credibility, empowerment of others, and providing motivational support.

The person who is hired for this job will have track records in both acquisition of editorial material consistent with the content that Orion publishes, in staff supervision and staff management, and familiarity with magazine production.

The Managing Editor will share our belief in the power of good writing and will have a solid grounding in environmental thinking. They will have a deep interest in and genuine familiarity with Orion’s core subjects. They will have enthusiasm for both print and digital media, will take direction easily, and will also have the ability to independently take projects from start to finish. They will be highly organized, flexible, and skilled at convening conversations that prioritize others’ ideas and creative contributions, and will take joy in helping others succeed. The Managing Editor will be expected to actively help steward an institutional culture that is grounded in collaboration, transparency, and generosity of spirit.

The salary for this position is between $42,000-$47,000/year for a 36-hour work week (M-Th 9am-5pm, F 9am-1pm), plus a very generous health/dental/life and PTO benefits package. This position will require occasional travel, occasional weekend and evening events, and representation of Orion at conferences and gatherings.

To apply, send a single PDF file that includes a résumé, cover letter, and one writing sample (not to exceed 2,000 words) to H. Emerson Blake, Orion’s Editor-in-Chief, at [email protected] Please name your file “2018_ME_ your-last-name.pdf”.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. No phone calls or follow-up emails, please. Orion seeks opportunities to enhance the diversity of its staff in all hires. This position is based in Orion’s Northampton office.

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Individual Giving Coordinator (Revised)

Job Announcement:

Orion, a nonprofit magazine about people and nature, seeks an Individual Giving Coordinator to join our small, hard-working team. This person will play the lead role in Orion’s annual fund and will support Orion’s other fundraising activities (major gifts, grant-seeking, etc.), which together comprise 65% of Orion’s annual budget.

The individual giving coordinator must have a strong background and proven track record in nonprofit fundraising, as well as a fluency in and general knowledge of the subjects that are important to Orion’s donors, ranging from traditional environmental conservation to environmental justice to the literary and visual arts. The individual giving coordinator must be able to work both independently and collaboratively, with the efficacy and efficiency that are necessary in a small organization. They must enjoy people and have an appetite to get to know Orion’s very smart, thoughtful, and compassionate readership.

The individual giving coordinator will build on and maintain a solid, established fundraising rubric, while also bringing new ideas and entrepreneurialism to the table. An experienced and engaged fundraiser will have ample opportunity to experiment, explore new revenue lines, and set new organizational and personal fundraising goals.

General Statement of Duties:

The individual giving coordinator has primary responsibility for Orion’s annual fund, which includes coordinated direct mail/online campaigns, seasonal appeals and promotions, subscription-related fundraising, and monthly giving. They work closely with the database manager to ensure sterling customer service and donor stewardship. Though the focus of this position is on grassroots-level annual giving, the individual giving coordinator can assume responsibility for some current individual mid-level and major donor relationships, as well as cultivate new relationships.

The individual giving coordinator manages the annual fundraising calendar and supports the fundraising activities of the executive director, strategic director, board chair, and other staff and volunteers who have fundraising responsibilities. They also oversee cultivation of potential donors identified within Orion’s subscription list, at events, and through personal recommendations. The individual giving coordinator provides periodic support for special projects and related grant-seeking activities. They seek out and implement opportunities for coordinated fundraising/subscription campaigns, and play the primary role in organizing any fundraising and friendraising events.

The individual giving coordinator also plays a critical role in Orion’s circulation program by collaborating with the strategic director and database manager on subscription promotions throughout the year. These promotions are cooperative projects, but the individual giving coordinator has primary responsibility for the implementation of certain elements of each effort, such as direct mail.

Supervision Received:

Reports to the strategic director

Supervision Exercised:

Database Manager (shared)

Responsibilities:

  1. Develop, schedule, and implement four annual fund appeals each year, coordinating direct mail, online, email, and social media components. Work collaboratively with other staff members to develop the appeal concepts and collateral, and then liaise with designers, mail houses, and other vendors to implement these campaigns. In cooperation with database manager, perform regular analysis and reporting to gauge the health of the annual fund and report on it to colleagues, board members, and other stakeholders.
  2. Coordinate Orion’s donor stewardship; in collaboration with the strategic director, develop and oversee regular non-ask communications.
  3. Develop and implement strategies for increasing the number of Orion’s annual donors, monthly donors, and planned gifts, and enhance the stewardship programs for those segments.
  4. In collaboration with the strategic director and database manager, co-create the annual and multi-year individual giving calendars; create, implement, and oversee the timelines for all activities included therein.
  5. Provide regular and substantial support for fundraising, stewardship, and cultivation performed by Orion’s executive staff.
  6. Schedule and lead regular development meetings; steward an organization-wide professional atmosphere that is ideologically supportive of fundraising.
  7. Maintain thorough records of contacts with individual donors in the database.
  8. Perform and provide analyses of fundraising performance, risks, and opportunities to Orion’s executive staff.
  9. Coordinate fundraising and friendraising events.
  10. Support fundraising activities undertaken by the Orion Board of Directors.
  11. Work closely with other staff on circulation efforts, and coordinate the direct mail components of those efforts.
  12. Travel to Orion’s Great Barrington office up to twice a month; occasional domestic travel may be required.

Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires experience and success in nonprofit fundraising, and a wide-ranging knowledge of and familiarity with fundraising strategies and resources. Proficiency in all MS Office products for Mac is required; they will need to either have or develop proficiency in Slack, Google Docs, Dropbox, and Basecamp. Experience with InDesign, Salesforce and WordPress are advantageous. Experience working in a CRM or development database is required. This position requires sterling interpersonal skills, both inside and outside the office, as well as exemplary written and verbal communication skills. Candidates should have a grasp of and interest in the larger environmental and cultural issues that Orion seeks to address. As a key member of Orion’s small staff, the individual giving coordinator is expected to actively help steward an institutional culture that is grounded in collaboration, openness, enthusiasm for others’ ideas, and generosity of spirit. The individual giving coordinator should personify exemplary managerial competencies such as self-observation, self-management, interpersonal awareness, attention to communication, personal credibility, empowerment of others, facilitating collaboration, and providing motivational support.

Compensation:

$48,600-$57,600 for a 36-hour work week (M-Th 9am-5pm, F 9am-1pm), plus a very generous health/dental/life and PTO benefits package.

To Apply:

Send a single PDF file that includes a résumé, cover letter, and 3-5 professional references to Madeline Miller, Orion’s strategic director, at [email protected] Please name your file “2018_IG_your-last-name.pdf”.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. No phone calls or follow-up emails, please. This position will be based in Orion’s Northampton, Massachusetts, office. Orion seeks opportunities to enhance the diversity of its staff in all hires. This position is funded for six months, with the strong likelihood of continuation thereafter.

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Database Manager

Job Announcement:

Orion, a non-profit magazine about people and nature, seeks a Database Manager to join our small, hard-working team. This person will be responsible for all of Orion’s constituent data, including subscribers, donors, and other stakeholders. This person plays a crucial role in Orion’s circulation, fundraising, and customer service, and the position must be filled by someone who truly enjoys hands-on data management and derives professional satisfaction from maintaining very clean data. The database manager functions as both database operator and database administrator. They must be alert to trends, relationships, and opportunities that emerge through their close contact with the data, and know when and how to communicate those insights clearly to their colleagues. They must be committed to learning the full capacity of Orion’s Salesforce database and to helping steward a workplace environment that is data-driven and reader-centric.

General Statement of Duties:

The database manager enters Orion’s fundraising and circulation data, manages the circulation program, and performs Salesforce administration duties. The database manager is the central internal point of contact for all data management and is responsible the exemplary data quality and reporting upon which much vital organization activity depends. They enter and maintain all data pertaining to Orion’s circulation, fundraising, communication, and sales programs on a daily basis. This includes operation of a complex system in which data is managed for independent but widely overlapping functions—development, circulation, sales—and in which precision, timeliness, and good customer service are essential.

The successful candidate will have a genuine love for data, as well as the skills and appetite to maintain and continually improve Orion’s Salesforce instance. In addition to a true enjoyment of detail-oriented work, they will have the communications skills to provide colleagues with information and analysis as needed, and to help others in the organization understand the database’s basic functions and organizational importance.

Supervision Received:

Reports to the Individual Giving Coordinator and Strategic Director

Supervision Exercised:

None.

Responsibilities:

  1. Enter daily subscriptions, donations, and merchandise orders received by mail.
  2. Cross-check daily subscriptions, donations, and orders received electronically.
  3. Respond to subscriber and donor inquiries in real time by phone and email; address issues such as address or name changes, lost or damaged issues, et cetera.
  4. Coordinate regular NCOA updates.
  5. Run list segmentations based on multiple and variable criteria.
  6. Generate acknowledgement lists based on multiple and variable criteria.
  7. Track and maintain soft credits, monthly giving, memorial donations, et cetera.
  8. Produce segmented mailing files for circulation and fundraising campaigns.
  9. Liaise with vendors for book, magazine, and merchandise fulfillment.
  10. Implement special mailings to segmented populations per instructions from the director and individual giving coordinator.
  11. Arrange timely payment of advance postage with multiple post office locations.
  12. Maintain Orion’s bar codes, bulk mail licenses and indicia.
  13. Generate thank-you letters and other acknowledgements.
  14. Maintain records of ROI and response rates for all campaigns.
  15. Generate gift subscription notification cards.
  16. Mail planned giving packets, replacement issues, welcome packets, et cetera upon constituent request and/or supervisor’s instruction.
  17. Maintain and update user-defined fields and reports in the database specific to Orion, as well as activity histories from telephone and in-person interactions.
  18. Manage event registrations, premiums, and other miscellaneous activities.
  19. Be alert to patterns, trends, and relationships that emerge in the database that create new opportunities for Orion.
  20. Travel to Orion’s Great Barrington office up to twice a month.

Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires a person who loves detail and derives professional satisfaction from maintaining orderly and thorough data. Proficiency in all MS Office products for Mac, particularly mail merge and Excel, is required. This position also requires good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate the relationship between data and organizational success. A bachelor’s degree, relevant work experience, and WordPress experience are preferred; experience with Salesforce is strongly preferred, but training is available. As a key member of Orion’s small staff, the database manager will be expected to actively help steward an institutional culture that is grounded in collaboration, openness, enthusiasm for others’ ideas, and generosity of spirit.

Salary:

$36,000-$45,000 for a 36-hour work week (M-Th 9am-5pm, F 9am-1pm), plus a very generous health/dental/life and PTO benefits package.

To Apply:

Send a single PDF file that includes a résumé, cover letter, and 3-5 professional references to Madeline Miller, Orion’s strategic director, at [email protected] Please name your file “2018_DB_ your-last-name.pdf”.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. No phone calls or follow-up emails, please. This position will be based in Orion’s Northampton, Massachusetts, office. Orion seeks opportunities to enhance the diversity of its staff in all hires. This position is funded for six months, with the strong likelihood of continuation thereafter.

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features editor

Orion magazine, a nonprofit quarterly publication about nature and culture, seeks a Features Editor to join our creative and hard-working team.

As a senior member of Orion’s staff, the Features Editor will be expected to actively help steward an institutional culture that is grounded in collaboration, transparency, enthusiasm for others’ ideas, and generosity of spirit.

The Features Editor’s main responsibilities will include the acquisition and editing of feature-length manuscripts (2-4 per issue), as well as acquiring and editing content for some of Orion’s departments, including Lay of the Land and Enumeration. The Features Editor will be responsible for seeing that the feature articles found in each issue reflect the diversity and balance that Orion strives to achieve, both in terms of authorship and topic/theme. The Features Editor will also supervise other editors and contributors who shape the magazine’s content, in both features and departments.

Other duties related to this position include: reviewing and evaluating submissions to the magazine; overseeing the work of the blog editor; support for Orion’s social media efforts; support for Orion-related events (including the annual Orion writing workshop); support for and engagement with Orion’s fundraising and grant writing efforts; and support for non-editorial organizational communications as necessary. In addition to MS Word and Excel, they will need proficiency in Google Docs, Dropbox, and Basecamp.

The Features Editor will share our belief in the power of good writing and will have a solid grounding in environmental thinking. They will have enthusiasm for both print and digital media, will take direction easily, and will also have the ability to independently take on projects from start to finish. They will have a deep interest in Orion’s core subjects and style.

The successful candidate will have at least five years’ experience as an editor for a general-interest or literary magazine, including a proven track record with acquisition and an established roster of writers. They will be highly organized, flexible, and especially skilled at convening conversations that prioritize others’ ideas and creative contributions, and will take joy in helping others succeed.

The Features Editor should personify exemplary managerial competencies such as self- observation, self-management, interpersonal awareness, attention to communication, personal credibility, empowerment of others, facilitating collaboration, and providing motivational support.

The Features Editor will report to the Editor-in-Chief and will supervise other staff members who provide editorial support.

Orion offers an extremely generous benefits package, including health, dental, and life insurance; twelve paid holidays per year; and generous vacation time. This position will require occasional travel and/or representation of Orion at special events.

To apply, send a single PDF file that includes a résumé, cover letter, and one writing sample (not to exceed 2,000 words) to H. Emerson Blake, Orion’s Editor-in-Chief, at [email protected] Please name your file “2018_FE_your-last-name.pdf”.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. No phone calls or follow-up e-mails, please. Orion is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic. This position is based at Orion’s Northampton, Massachusetts office.