Washington University of St. Louis Development Communications in St. Louis, Missouri
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location
This position is in the Development Communications - Alumni and Development Programs. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The senior development writer will report to the executive director of development communications. The senior development writer is responsible for researching, writing, and producing proposals for gifts of seven figures or more. The incumbent will write, edit, and produce editorial content, speeches for the chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor, profiles of donors, faculty and students, and other campaign communications as assigned. At least 50% of the position will be dedicated to writing support for Medical Alumni & Development Programs, including major gift proposals and stories for Outlook magazine as assigned. The incumbent will cultivate and strengthen relationships with all groups within Alumni & Development Programs, contribute to overall communications strategies, and support the executive director of development communications.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Plan, write, edit, and proofread proposals and solicitation materials for use by the chancellor, the executive vice chancellor for Alumni & Development Programs, and other university leaders, including medicine, for gifts of seven figures or more. This includes shaping and implementing communication strategies for major gifts that support the goals of the campaign.
- Produce campaign-related stories for university publications, including Outlook magazine, the A&D; and campaign websites
- Plan, write, edit and produce high-end and highly individualized materials including brochures, speeches for events, and other communications.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree with strong English writing capabilities.
- Minimum of 10 years of experience with strategic communications, donor communications, or related areas, preferably in higher education or other large, complex organization.
- Exceptional writing and editing skills with demonstrated ability to write clear and persuasive communications.
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and manage complex, often competing priorities. Respect for confidentiality and a strong sense of professional ethics.
- High degree of diplomacy, discretion, and tact. Demonstrated accuracy and commitment to detail.
- Proficient with Microsoft Word and other standard office programs.
- Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and InDesign.
- Advanced degree preferred. 10–12 years of experience as a writer and editor.
- Previous work experience in higher education.
- Previous work experience with non-profit fundraising, with a basic understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies.
- Knowledge of current best practices in donor communications and stewardship.
- Expertise in proposal writing and strategic communications.
- Demonstrated creativity in writing and communications strategy.
- Experience with writing on medical subjects.
- Understanding of Washington University history and culture
The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.
To learn more about careers in Alumni & Development please visit http://alumni.wustl.edu/ContactUs/Career_Opportunities/
Retirement Savings Plan
22 vacation days
8 Paid Holidays
Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
Free Life Insurance
Health, Dental, Vision
Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
Long Term Disability Insurance
Flex Spending Plan
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Applicant Special Instructions
Please submit a cover letter and 2-3 writing samples with your application materials.
You may upload your cover letter and other documents after submitting the application by selecting "add attachment" on the My Activities page, accessible by clicking in the My Activities box on the upper right hand side of your home page at https://jobs.wustl.edu/.
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
Job Title: Senior Development Writer - Development Communications - Alumni and Development Programs - 37301
Job ID: 37301
Location: Alumni & Development Programs
Full/Part Time: Full-Time