Senior Assistant Director, Development Communications
University of Chicago
September 18, 2018
Location: 130 E. Randolph
*Please read carefully. Applicants who do not submit all the required documents will not be considered further for this position.
The Senior Assistant Director, Development Communications writes a broad spectrum of fundraising materials created for a specific audience such as a prospective donor, family foundation, corporation, or volunteer solicitor. S/he takes comprehensive responsibility for the materials such as, but not limited to: building a persuasive case for each written piece; considering the specific audience; identifying influential facts or statistics; fact checking; and establishing, monitoring, and executing a timeline. S/he is responsible for written materials and projects such as: proposals; correspondence including acknowledgement letters; cultivation visits/meetings; stewardship reports; Power Point presentations; and conceptualization of a stewardship meeting.
Researches, writes, and edits a variety of communications, publications and/or reports.
Writes analytic, interpretive, or highly individualized features utilizing personal subject matter expertise.
Coordinates efforts and collaborates with other teams at MBSD such as Communications (including graphic design and the Senior Writers); Events; Strategic Research and Analysis.
May project manage the teamâ™s activity and be responsible for implementing tactical next steps to ensure goals and objectives are met. As such, s/he closely monitors team activity and anticipates and tracks deliverables, including letters, briefings, reports, presentations, and proposals.
Facilitates internal meetings and facilitates fundraiser visits with donors and prospective donors to advance prospect strategy.
Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Proven expertise taking complicated information from various sources and synthesizing it to identify and clarify key issues and opportunities, as well as developing a compelling message
Ability to manage multiple details while adhering to a broader concept or purpose
Ability to understand finance and quantitative documents
Capacity for identifying and evaluating basic issues, for bringing together information from a variety of sources, and for selecting appropriate analytical and creative approaches in dealing with immediate responsibilities
Education and Experience: Education:
A Bachelorâ™s degree in journalism, English, communications or a relevant field required
A minimum of 3 years of experience writing and editing in either journalism, academia, science, or a related field required
Experience with writing in a scientific field or a complex subject material is preferred.
Experience in a large or complex organization or subject matter is preferred.
Ability to sit for 2 hours to 4 hours.
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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