The Senior Writer/Editor ensures that UK Philanthropy communication is timely and relevant, and that key strategic philanthropic messaging is presented in a compelling, persuasive and engaging way.
Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy Communications within UK Philanthropy, the Senior Writer/Editor is responsible for preparing strategic campaign messaging, donor profiles, print and digital publication copy, campaign blogs, facts sheets, campaign website content, philanthropy project/campaign video and PowerPoint scripting, as well as reviewing and revising content by UK Philanthropy staff. In addition, the Senior Writer/Editor assists as a writer for “Kentucky Alumni”—the magazine published by the UK Alumni Association.
Please upload the required 3 published feature stories and/or profiles you have written. These should represent some of your finest, most creative works. Use mock data to ensure information remains confidential. Upload individually under the Applicant Document label Specific Request 1, Specific Request 2, and Specific Request 3.
Portfolio demonstrating experience with a variety of philanthropy and nonprofit fundraising campaign writing styles and mediums, including brochure copywriting, donor profiles, feature stories, web content, blogs, fact sheets, PowerPoint presentations, video scripts, etc. preferred.
Ability to multi-task and produce a high volume of work under tight deadlines required.
Ability to gather news, information, research, data, and supportive documentation while assuring accuracy and relevance required.
Proven excellence in writing skills, including spelling and grammar required.
Ability to work effectively and collaborate in a team environment, both from a creative and executional standpoint required.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word and PowerPoint required.
Familiarity with the culture and mission of a major research university helpful.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
Required License/Registration/Certification :
Bachelor’s degree in English, Creative Writing, or Communication required.
Portfolio demonstrating five years of experience in written philanthropy or nonprofit communications preferred, preferably within a college, university or nonprofit organization's communications and/or marketing department or respected news organization.
Five years of experience proofreading, and familiarity with various external and internal style guides, including Chicago Manual of Style and AP Style, preferred.
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