Penn Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, is comprised of the Ivy League Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Ranked among the nation’s finest research-oriented medical schools and hospitals, Penn Medicine is home of many firsts in American medicine from its founding as the country’s first school of medicine in 1765 to the first FDA approved, revolutionary cell based gene therapy for cancer. Its impact on Philadelphia communities, the nation, and global health echoes the philosophy of the University’s founder, Benjamin Franklin.
Penn Medicine’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations has a critical role in obtaining the resources that both maintain the institution’s current strength and support its vision for the future. This high impact team consistently exceeds annual fundraising goals and has a very competitive level of alumni engagement compared to peer institutions; and it has recently embarked on the new, three year The Power of Penn Medicine campaign, with a goal of more than $1.5 billion. We look for applicants who demonstrate imagination, collegiality, and persistence while keeping a clear eye fixed on our fundraising and engagement goals.
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Senior Communications & Stewardship Writer develops some of the Office’s most important solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship communications projects. With the Assistant Directors of Communications & Stewardship and Director of Stewardship, this person acts as a leading figure in the creative team. The Senior Writer produces engaging copy that helps stakeholders achieve their aims and reflects the caliber of our institution. Especially vital for this position is the ability to integrate the very technical aspects of Penn Medicine’s clinical, research, and educational priorities with the very emotional realities about serious illness, care, and the future of medicine.
Write high-level leadership communications, including letters and speeches/talking points
Write and identify visuals for articles, newsletters, feature publications, and social media content
Write and design, based on templates, high-quality projects such as proposals, stewardship reports, handouts, and brochures
Collaborate with Health System design team to develop highly-customized projects, ranging from advertisements and posters to multi-million dollar proposals and case statements
Copy-edit and proofread work from fellow writers and colleagues
Familiar with creative processes, techniques, and tools
Consistently displays a strong sense of ownership over the quality and timeliness of work, with sharp eye for detail both with copy and graphic design
Manages a diverse array of individual projects and is proactive in balancing work load
Anticipates, plans for, and creatively solves problems
Exhibits optimism, energy, and composure, even in times of personal or professional discomfort
Builds partnerships with multiple stakeholders
Constantly aims to minimize institutional risk and maintain confidentiality
Communicates clearly, and in a timely manner, with stakeholders in the method that is most effective for that audience (e.g. phone versus e mail)
Driven to meet and exceed the needs of the team: peers, supervisors, and gift officers
Intellectually curious and eager to learn
Writing samples are required for your application.
Internal Number: 38254
About University of Pennsylvania
Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff. Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with an undergraduate student body of 10,000 from every U.S. state and around the world. The entering class of 2015 is the most talented and diverse in Penn's history. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn welcomes an additional 10,000 students to our top-ranked graduate and professional schools.