Opportunities

Open positions:

Development Director

The Progressive magazine is seeking an industrious Development Director to join our business team in publishing a nationally-read print and online magazine. Experience in non-profit media preferred, and 3+ years of experience in non-profit fundraising required.

The Development Director works under the supervision of the Publisher. This is a full-time, union position based in Madison, Wisconsin. Salary range $45,000-50,000. Compensation package includes fully-covered health insurance, plus a generous vacation and 401K plan.

The Development Director is responsible for all fundraising at The Progressive, Inc. (a 501c3 non-profit) including:

• Crafting and managing a major gifts program including all prospecting, donor research, meetings and strategy. This includes coordinating with the Editor-in-chief, Publisher, and Executive Board in major donor cultivation.

• Overseeing all membership fundraising and continuing to grow a monthly donor “Sustaining Membership” program. Writing and project-managing all donation mailings throughout year including an Annual Campaign.

• Collaborating with editorial staff and other business staff on grant-funded projects. Researching funders, overseeing applications, follow-up, and reporting for all existing and new grant funding.

• Planning and execution of all fundraising events - large and small.

• Managing donor database. Creating and reconciling all development reports for Board and staff on a regular basis.

To apply, please email a cover letter, list of references, and resumé as a single PDF document titled: ‘last name, first name - development_2017’ to: jobs@progressive.org by 5pm Thursday, August 31st to assure consideration.

Editorial Internship - Fall 2017

The Progressive magazine is seeking an editorial intern to work with our editorial team. We’re a small staff that creates a national publication, and we have excellent opportunities for an intern to be involved in all aspects of our editorial process.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in editing and fact-checking stories
  • Helping to write blurbs, teasers, headlines, and other editorial content as needed
  • Attending editorial meetings and participating in discussion
  • Participating in editorial planning
  • Suggesting stories and helping to edit copy for the magazine and web articles

Useful Skills:

  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Familiarity with alternative media and progressive politics

Credit and Stipend Compensation

The Progressive provides internships that meet the qualifications for earning academic credit. If hired, staff will help interns apply and complete requirements to earn J697 internship credit or your college’s equivalent course. Interns at The Progressive also earn a $500 semesterly stipend.

Application Process 

To apply, please email a cover letter, resumé and writing sample as a single PDF document titled: “last name, first name - editorial_fall2017” to Jess Pernsteiner at intern@progressive.org by 5pm Monday August 21st to assure consideration. Writing sample submitted with cover letter and resumé is required. 

Online Media Internship - Fall 2017

The Progressive magazine is seeking a social media intern for the Fall Semester.

We're a small team that creates a nationally-read print publication and website, so we offer big opportunities for growth to online media interns. We’re looking for someone who is social media savvy and comfortable in the world of alternative media and progressive ideas.

Responsibilities:

  • Planning, creating, and posting content for our website and social media; this will require some archival work with past issues of The Progressive magazine (a 108-year-old publication)
  • Assisting with Facebook and Twitter accounts, replying to comments, connecting with readers
  • Researching and implementing social media and audience engagement strategies
  • Attending editorial and business team meetings and participating in discussions to increase web traffic, subscribers, and donations
  • Updating and managing online magazine content

Useful Skills:

  • Social media literacy with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Medium, Tumblr, Reddit
  • Visual and text-based storytelling, infographic design & image editing
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Comfortable working with websites or blogs
  • Awareness of current events in Wisconsin and nationwide
  • Sense of humor and flexibility to respond to changes in the news cycle

Credit and Stipend Compensation

The Progressive is dedicated to providing internships that meet the qualifications for earning academic credit. If hired, staff will help interns apply and complete requirements to earn J697 internship credit or your college’s equivalent course. Interns at The Progressive also earn a $500 semesterly stipend.

Application Process

To apply, please email a cover letter and resumé as a single PDF document titled: ‘last name, first name - online_media_fall2017’ to Jess Pernsteiner at intern@progressive.org by 5pm Monday August 21st to assure consideration. Writing sample submitted with cover letter and resumé is preferred, but not required.

Publishing Internship - Fall 2017

The Progressive magazine is seeking two publishing interns for the fall semester to assist the office manager and publisher in running a well-organized, small non-profit office that creates a historic and nationally-read publication.

Internship responsibilities include:

  • Answering the phone, and relaying messages to staff
  • Managing data from online articles and op-eds for grant reporting
  • Writing follow-up letters to submissions received from freelance writers
  • Responding to letters received from inmates requesting legal help
  • Assisting in organizing op-ed writing workshops across Wisconsin
  • Communicating subscriber needs to our fulfillment house
  • Researching media influencers for magazine content promotion
  • Writing social media promotional content for magazine articles
  • Executing social media promotion of magazine content
  • Organizing and maintaining donor research and data
  • Drafting letters to donors to thank them for their contributions  

Strong applicants will have the following characteristics:

  • Ability to prioritize tasks as they are assigned
  • Excellent phone etiquette and accuracy when relaying messages
  • Knowledge of progressive politics
  • Sense of humor and flexibility in responding to changes in volume of work
  • Desire to learn the basics of running an office - a useful skill to those entering the job market
  • Sound grasp of grammar, critical thinking and letter-writing skills
  • Reliability and punctuality

The Progressive is dedicated to providing internships that meet the qualifications for earning academic credit. If hired, staff will help interns apply and complete requirements to earn J697 internship credit or your college’s equivalent course. Interns at The Progressive also earn a $500 semesterly stipend.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resumé as a single PDF document titled: ‘last name, first name - publishing_fall2017’ to Jess Pernsteiner at intern@progressive.org by 5pm Monday August 21st to assure consideration. Writing sample submitted with cover letter and resumé is preferred, but not required.

The Progressive, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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fighting bob

We must be aggressive for what is right, if government is to be saved from those who are aggressive for what is wrong. There is work for everyone. The field is large. It is a glorious service, this service for the country.

—Fighting Bob LaFollette 1924