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Reporting to the Communications Analyst, University Development, the Senior Writer is responsible for independently researching and writing for, as well as tracking and reporting on a variety of development strategies that serve the Communications Analyst and University Development.
Working in collaboration with Advancement Operations and Campaign staff, deans, administration, staff and faculty, the Senior Writer's main responsibilities include strategy summaries, case statements, white papers, PowerPoint presentations and personalized proposals for principal and major gift level prospects in support of the university's fundraising goals. These projects will range from highly technical scientific projects to marketing pieces for use with a variety of audiences to highly personalized communications. Write impact reports to serve University Development and the university's principal donors.
The Senior Writer will research, analyze, compile and evaluate data, and produce reports to support principal donor and prospect management activities for effectiveness, reporting results to the Communications Analyst. Incumbent will develop internal procedures to streamline writing requests, content management reviews, and approvals, and provide training to development professionals and assistants on these procedures, and how to retrieve data and draft written fundraising materials such as briefings, proposals, impact reports, etc.
The Senior Writer will write or edit a variety of comprehensive and difficult material for stylistic consistency, logic, organization, rational development of content, and emphasis. Will research, select sources for and conduct interviews, and ensure accuracy of written pieces. Will recommend content and layout, edit, and coordinate production of a variety of printed and online material, or conversion of printed pieces to online formats and archives.
- Overtime and weekends may be required. Must have access to reliable transportation.
Thorough skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and/or the broader public, while ensuring adherence to the location's message.
Proven ability to create proposals for prospective donors and perform grant writing.
Proven ability to research material related to and write in a variety of styles for audiences including individuals, foundations, and corporations, and knowledge of the philanthropic goals and preferences of such organizations.
Demonstrated composition/spelling/proofreading skills; excellent understanding of the rules of English grammar and syntax to write clear, concise and compelling fundraising collateral material.
Proven ability to interview and work with a diverse group of individuals who would provide the basis for materials to be developed. Knowledge of message development and communications management preferred.
Demonstrated thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.
Proven organizational and research abilities, with strong attention to detail and accuracy, including analyzing large amounts of information from disparate sources and synthesizing it into cogent and concise written form.
Proven interpersonal, written and verbal skills with ability to interact in a positive, tactful and professional manner with all levels of the organization including executive administration and a diverse and demanding clientele.
Thorough knowledge of issues in higher education, a specialized academic discipline or field and/or health sciences. Demonstrated thorough research and fact verification skills.
Demonstrated knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and/or web production. Ability and knowledge of writing for multimedia presentations and content for web.
Ability to grasp and integrate into practice university gift policy and management procedures. Ability to understand and work with financial information.
A Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field; or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in a higher education environment.
Working knowledge of the dynamics of fund raising and the concepts of development and advancement or equivalent. Experience using a constituent mana