The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a plant science research organization pursuing solutions to global challenges in the areas of food security and environmental sustainability while enhancing the economic vitality of the St. Louis region. The Danforth Center is in the midst of a major expansion of its facilities and personnel with a corresponding fundraising drive to secure the more than $20M in additional annual and capital commitments needed to close out this nine-figure fundraising effort.
Responsibilities: The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is seeking a Development Writer to compose and edit a wide array of fundraising and related documents for use by staff, both within and outside of the Office of Development, and for Center leadership. These materials will include grant applications and reports (approximately 33% of responsibilities); major gift proposals; solicitation and acknowledgement letters; website content; select newsletter and annual report content; and other pieces (e.g. remarks for leadership) as assigned. The Development Writer will report to the Vice President of Development and will work closely with the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Annual Giving Officer, the Annual Giving Coordinator, and the Director of Major and Planned Gifts. The Development Writer will also collaborate with internal and external graphic designers to ensure successful integration of text and design elements in pieces such as brochures, invitations, etc.
Requirements: The successful candidate will have a record of demonstrated success in writing and editing a wide variety of fundraising or similar material, including grant applications, with a particular knowledge of writing compellingly and accessibly for a range of audiences (e.g. prospective donors, current donors, and foundation staff). Furthermore, the successful candidate should be adept at managing both long and immediate term projects under deadline. Candidate should have strong interpersonal skills, high integrity, and a demonstrated ability to work collegially and effectively with development staff and other colleagues, volunteers, and donors. A bachelor’s degree in a writing-intensive discipline (e.g. English, Communications) is required with a master’s degree in the same a plus. Solid computer knowledge with proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, & Excel) is required. Experience with Raiser’s Edge is a plus, as is understanding of basic principles of graphic design. The successful applicant must possess the ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, and demonstrate patience, enthusiasm, and good humor.
Other Conditions of Employment: Occasional local travel is required. Evening and weekend events are a periodic requirement throughout the year. Salary is commensurate with experience. The Danforth Center offers competitive pay and a generous benefits package.
Application Information Please submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Development Writer” in the subject line.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups, including minorities, women, protected veteran status and people with disabilities. Employment discrimination protections are also provided based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri is a not-for-profit research institute. Scientists at the Center are engaged in research that strives to enhance the nutritional content of plants, increase agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply, reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizer, develop new and sustainable biofuels, and generate scientific ideas and t...echnologies that will contribute to the economic growth of the St. Louis region. The Danforth Center currently employs nearly 200 individuals. Of these, two-thirds are scientists / scientific staff and approximately 90 hold PhDs. The Danforth Center has a strong international presence and commitment. Scientists from more than 20 different countries work at the Danforth Center and the Center has developed collaborations with educational and research institutes in Africa, China and India.