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Job Announcement: Director of Islamist Watch

The Middle East Forum seeks a full-time director for its Islamist Watch project.

Countering Lawful Islamism

While violent jihad gets the headlines, lawful Islamism gets results. It exploits the freedoms of Western society incrementally to undermine it from within. Sophisticated and often well-funded, Islamists use political, educational, and legal means to eat away at the foundations of Western society, including religious pluralism, freedom of speech, and equality under the law.

Islamist Watch engages in research, dissemination, and activism to combat lawful Islamism in the West, plus it protects critics of Islamism and promotes anti-Islamist Muslims. See http://www.Islamist-Watch.org for details.

Responsibilities:

  • Research lawful Islamist activities.
  • Write, commission, and edit articles, with an emphasis on finding common themes in disparate events.
  • Give public talks and appear in the media; engage in social media; meet with government and corporate officials.
  • Track (1) campaign donations from Islamists and (2) corporate and governmental support for Islamists.
  • Manage campaigns to expose, embarrass, and pressure Islamist-tainted individuals, non-profit organizations, corporations, and politicians.
  • Seek out and assist critics of Islamism targeted with libel suits, indictments, or other legal problems.
  • Help law enforcement identify Islamist symbols.
  • Provide regular, written updates on activities to management.

Candidate qualifications:

  • Knowledge and interest of Islamism in the West.
  • Agreement with the outlook of the Middle East Forum.
  • Ability to present arguments in writing and in person.
  • Accomplishments in public writing and speaking.
  • Willingness to help fundraise.
  • Ability to take initiative, meet deadlines, show attention to details, and work simultaneously on multiple projects.

Location:

  • The successful candidate is invited to work from the Forum's office in Philadelphia but may work from anywhere in North America. Location in the Boston-to-Washington corridor is a plus.

Employment status:

  • The Islamist Watch director is a full-time employee of the Middle East Forum.

Compensation:

  • Non-profit competitive, including a travel allowance for project-related expenses.

To apply:

Prepare an application that includes:

  • A cover letter indicating your interests, qualifications, and goals.
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Names of three references.

When the application is completed:

  • Bundle the entire application as a single document, preferably in Adobe Acrobat (Word is also acceptable).
  • Title it with your name in reverse order, without spacing, as in "ChurchillWinston."
  • Submit the application online by clicking here by February 12, 2016, at 5 p.m. EST.

About the Middle East Forum:

The Middle East Forum, founded in 1994 and headed by Daniel Pipes, is a research institute based in Philadelphia with an annual budget of $4 million; it promotes American interests in the Middle East and protects Western values from Middle Eastern threats. It accomplishes its mission in three ways:

  • Intellectually, by providing information, context, and policy advice through its publications, websites, and lectures;
  • Operationally, by exerting direct influence through its projects (such as Islamist Watch), each addressing a specific problem; and
  • Philanthropically, by annually distributing $2 million of dedicated Education Fund monies.

Job Announcement: Director of Development

The Middle East Forum (MEF) seeks a full-time, resident Director of Development.

Position:

Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Director, the Director of Development will design and execute a comprehensive development strategy that enables MEF to carry out its mission and grow. Supervising a staff of three, the Director of Development also will oversee MEF's donor relationship management systems.

Responsibilities:

Development strategy:

  • Participate in developing the annual fundraising campaign, which includes identifying funding needs, targets, and approaches and setting the timetable;
  • Supervise the planning of fundraising events;
  • Participate in planned giving efforts in collaboration with the Director of Special Projects and the Director.

Campaign implementation:

  • Participate in identifying and cultivating new donors and responding to donor inquiries;
  • Maintain, track, and report to the Director on solicitation efforts to individuals, corporations, and foundations;
  • Supervise the scheduling of fundraising calls by the Director and President;
  • Review and approve solicitation and thank you letters and tax acknowledgment forms and ensure these are sent in a timely fashion;
  • Coordinate the production, review, and dissemination of development materials.

Staff supervision:

  • Supervise the Development Associate, Executive Assistant, and Outreach Manager;
  • Define goals, targets, and benchmarks and evaluate progress;
  • Determine best practices, standard operating procedures, and workflows;
  • Lead bi-weekly strategy sessions to gauge progress, explain new directives, and address feedback.

Technological infrastructure:

  • Ensure the continuous updating of all data and distribution lists for print and electronic mailings;
  • Review with the Controller the monthly reconciliation of MEF's finances;
  • Ensure the data integrity and security of all confidential information;
  • Ensure the implementation of new technologies and the development of new procedures as needed;
  • Ensure the integration of the donor database with other communications, data tools, and programs.

Candidate qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree. Master's degree (or professional equivalent) preferred.
  • At least five years of development and/or non-profit experience, including management experience.
  • Proficiency with database and customer relationship management software (preferably Salesforce and ACT!).
  • Experience in conceptualizing, creating, and managing $1+ million annual fundraising campaigns.
  • Computer literacy and technological proficiency in standard word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Organized work habits and high motivation; ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment and under frequent deadlines; careful attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Basic agreement with MEF's outlook. (Please see http://www.meforum.org.)

Location:

  • The successful candidate will work in the Forum's office in Center City, Philadelphia.

Employment status:

  • This is a full-time, salaried position.

Compensation:

  • Non-profit competitive.

To apply:

Prepare an application that includes:

  • A cover letter indicating your interests, qualifications, and goals.
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Names of three references.

When the application is completed:

  • Bundle the entire application as a single document, preferably in Adobe Acrobat (Word is also acceptable).
  • Title it with your name in reverse order, without spacing, as in "ChurchillWinston."
  • Submit the application online by clicking here by February 5, 2016, at 5 p.m. EST.

About the Middle East Forum:

The Middle East Forum, founded in 1994 and headed by Daniel Pipes, is a research institute based in Philadelphia with an annual budget of $4 million; it promotes American interests in the Middle East and protects Western values from Middle Eastern threats. It accomplishes its mission in three ways:

  • Intellectually, by providing information, context, and policy advice through its publications, websites, and lectures;
  • Operationally, by exerting direct influence through its projects (such as Islamist Watch), each addressing a specific problem; and
  • Philanthropically, by annually distributing $2 million of dedicated Education Fund monies.

Job Announcement: Outreach Manager

The Middle East Forum (MEF) seeks a full-time, resident Outreach Manager.

Position:

Reporting to and working under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Outreach Manager will coordinate and implement various aspects of MEF's development activities as a member of the development team.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of the Forum's lecture series in New York, Philadelphia, and occasionally other cities.
  • Oversee all aspects of fundraising events.
  • Coordinate fundraising calls and meetings by the Director and President as well as follow-up efforts.
  • Develop (with others) written materials for outreach efforts.
  • Oversee efforts to solicit donors of under $500.
  • Coordinate outreach efforts to cultivate and solicit lapsed and prospective donors.
  • Ensure personalized and timely communications with donors and prospects.

Candidate qualifications:

  • Salaried experience in an events, marketing, or fundraising position.
  • Proficiency with database and customer relationship management software (preferably Salesforce and ACT!).
  • Knowledge of development research.
  • Computer literacy and technological proficiency in standard applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Organized work habits, high motivation, careful attention to detail, and ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Basic agreement with MEF's outlook. (On which, please see http://www.meforum.org.)

Location:

  • The successful candidate will work in the Forum's office in Center City, Philadelphia.

Employment status:

  • This is a full-time, salaried position.

Compensation:

  • Non-profit competitive.

To apply:

Prepare an application that includes:

  • A cover letter indicating your interests, qualifications, and goals.
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Names of three references.

When the application is completed:

  • Bundle the entire application as a single document, preferably in Adobe Acrobat (Word is also acceptable).
  • Title it with your name in reverse order, without spacing, as in "ChurchillWinston."
  • Submit the application online by clicking here by February 19, 2016, at 5 p.m. EST.

About the Middle East Forum:

The Middle East Forum, founded in 1994 and headed by Daniel Pipes, is a research institute based in Philadelphia with an annual budget of $4 million; it promotes American interests in the Middle East and protects Western values from Middle Eastern threats. It accomplishes its mission in three ways:

  • Intellectually, by providing information, context, and policy advice through its publications, websites, and lectures;
  • Operationally, by exerting direct influence through its projects (such as Islamist Watch), each addressing a specific problem; and
  • Philanthropically, by annually distributing $2 million of dedicated Education Fund monies.

Job Announcement: Development Associate

The Middle East Forum (MEF) seeks a full-time, resident Development Associate.

Responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing an annual solicitation campaign schedule.
  • Sending out and maintaining records of approved solicitation letters and materials, thank you letters, and signed tax acknowledgement forms.
  • Processing new and renewing memberships; coordinating the Forum's membership benefits program.
  • Managing and tracking donor-relations calls made by MEF staff.
  • Entering new and updated information in the donor-relations database.
  • Periodic donor research on current, lapsed, and potential donors as requested.
  • Utilizing the database to create Excel spreadsheets, perform mass mailings to solicit donations, and record and track those efforts.
  • Fielding requests from donors and potential donors, routing them as appropriate to other staff members.

The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development.

Candidate qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Proficiency with database and customer relationship management software (preferably Salesforce and ACT!).
  • Experience in development research.
  • At least one year of successful office work experience, preferably with a database management or fundraising focus at a non-profit organization.
  • Computer literacy and technological proficiency in standard word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Organized work habits and high motivation; ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment and under frequent deadlines; careful attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Basic agreement with MEF's outlook. (On which, please see http://www.meforum.org.)

Location:

  • The successful candidate will work in the Forum's office in Center City, Philadelphia.

Employment status:

  • This is a full-time, salaried position.

Compensation:

  • Non-profit competitive.

To apply:

Prepare an application that includes:

  • A cover letter indicating your interests, qualifications, and goals.
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Names of three references.

When the application is completed:

  • Bundle the entire application as a single document, preferably in Adobe Acrobat (Word is also acceptable).
  • Title it with your name in reverse order, without spacing, as in "ChurchillWinston."
  • Submit the application online by clicking here by January 29, 2016, at 5 p.m. EST.

About the Middle East Forum:

The Middle East Forum, founded in 1994 and headed by Daniel Pipes, is a research institute based in Philadelphia with an annual budget of $4 million; it promotes American interests in the Middle East and protects Western values from Middle Eastern threats. It accomplishes its mission in three ways:

  • Intellectually, by providing information, context, and policy advice through its publications, websites, and lectures;
  • Operationally, by exerting direct influence through its projects (such as Islamist Watch), each addressing a specific problem; and
  • Philanthropically, by annually distributing $2 million of dedicated Education Fund monies.

Internships

The Middle East Forum offers a number of internship positions. Two types of internships are available:

  • On-location interns: In the offices of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia.
  • Distance interns: Away from the MEF offices, with most communications via telecommuting.

Tasks vary:

Research. Use your online skills to help writers produce rigorously researched articles for large popular audiences, suggest avenues for research, and ensure that writers have up-to-date and accurate information at hand as they compose essays. For example, Campus Watch, which critiques Middle East studies in North America, gives interns the opportunity to examine a range of developments and problems within the discipline. Islamist Watch, our program to combat the ideas of lawful Islamism throughout the West, allows interns to assist with document preparation and mailings, collaborate with leading experts in the field, and engage in research that exposes Islamist organizations. Other Forum projects that may require research assistance include the Legal Project and the Washington Project.

Editorial. Learn the ins-and-outs of publishing by working with the managing editor of the Middle East Quarterly in a variety of tasks, including fact-checking, research, proofreading, advertising, and subscription efforts.

Writing. Want to break into print? Forum staff is ready to help you pick a topic, write an article, and place it.

Web Publishing. Help maintain and expand this website (Meforum.org).

Fundraising. Learn how a non-profit raises general operating and project funds from individuals, foundations, and others.

These positions are available throughout the year.

Internships are unpaid. The Forum does reimburse for local transportation expenses and takes part in work-study programs, when applicable.

In some cases, students can receive school credit for their internships at the Forum.

Former MEF interns have gone on to own businesses with interests in the Middle East; join the professional staff of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee; serve as officers in the U.S. Army; write for Fox News and The Wall Street Journal; and work for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.

Students interested in an internship position should e-mail a cover letter and a copy of their resumes to Thelma Prosser, the office manager, at prosser@meforum.org. Any questions should also be directed to Ms. Prosser.


Volunteering for the Middle East Forum

The Middle East Forum invites professionals to serve as part- and full-time volunteers, thus complementing its student internship program.

Tasks:

Volunteers are sought to work on a variety of tasks:

  • Research.
  • Writing.
  • Proof reading.
  • Administration.
  • Fundraising.

Qualities sought:

  • An outlook consonant with that of the Forum (on which, see details).
  • Understanding of American interests in the Middle East and strategic cooperation with allies in the region.
  • Familiarity with the contemporary Middle East, the academic study of the region, and radical Islam.
  • Knowledge of a Middle Eastern language desirable but not required.
  • Skills at Internet-based research.

Location:

  • Volunteers who reside in the Philadelphia may work at the Middle East Forum offices.
  • Volunteers who live elsewhere are invited to use electronic communications and work from where they are. An Internet connection is required in this case.

Terms:

  • Openings for full- and part-time unpaid volunteer positions available.
  • Reimbursements are paid for commuting expenses within the Philadelphia area.

To apply, send:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position.
  • A resume.
  • The names of three references.

Address:

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