Reporting to the Associate Director, Leadership Engagement, the Development Writer is responsible for the writing, editing, and management of gift acknowledgments from a variety of signers within the University of Chicagoâ™s senior leadership; include the President, Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development, and the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Write customized acknowledgment and stewardship correspondence signed by chair of the Board of Trustees, president of the University, and vice president for Alumni Relations and Development, as well for other senior leadership as assigned.
Collaborate with team, University relationship managers, ARD Communicationsâ™ senior editor, and other staff to draft individualized thank-you letters to donors.
Draft congratulatory greetings, condolence letters, and other special fundraising communications, including donor-focused high-level gift and administrative announcements, from the president and vice president of Alumni Relations and Development.
Work with appropriate offices to track the drafting, approval, and mailing of approximately 1,300 letters annually (25 per week on average).
Develop and maintain cordial relationships with University leadership and colleagues.
Maintain and update the presidential style manual, and advise on presidential style to others wishing to draft letters for the president's signature.
Attend quarterly meetings of ARDâ™s campus-wide Donor Relations Roundtable.
Use all available tools, including internet resources and the University's Donor Relationship Management System (Griffin), to research programs, faculty, and students who benefit from specific gifts.
Produce and distribute weekly Griffin-generated reports of gifts requiring acknowledgment by University leadership.
Keep organized files on acknowledgments and other writing projects, including weekly tracking reports.
Upload completed special correspondence and proposals to Griffin.
Assist in editing or writing briefing materials for University leadership and other fundraising communications to prospective donors of principal gifts ($5 million and up).
Oversee the work of staff or temps charged with formatting, tracking, mailing, or filing correspondence.
Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Communicate Effectively & With Influence
Display Emotional Intelligence
Foster Partnership & Collaboration
Lead Performance & Flawless Execution
Exhibit Resilience & Optimize Resources
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree or higher required.
Major in English, journalism, publishing, communications or a related field preferred.
A minimum two years nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations or similar work experience required.
A minimum two years of relevant professional work experience in writing and editing preferred.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
Knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style preferred.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.
(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)
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