The Senior Advancement Writer is a key team member of UB's Office of Donor and Alumni Communications. The Senior Advancement Writer manages and oversees the proposal writing and creation process for the entire division. The writer creates and edits compelling texts for fundraising and alumni campaigns to increase alumni and donor interest in the university and its programs. These activities are intended to foster support for the university's philanthropy and alumni engagement efforts. This position requires superior planning, coordination, research, writing, editing, and interpersonal communications skills.
Write persuasive fundraising proposals, solicitation letters, remarks etc. as required
Meet with divisional leaders, gift officers and others to intake and plan new work
Research, collect data, interview subjects (university administrators, gift and engagement officers, deans, faculty members, alumni, donors and others) to inform projects
Edit, rework and proofread texts as required
Collaborate effectively with donor and alumni communications team members, university communications staff members, school-based alumni communicators as well as freelancers
Manage and hold self and other team members and stakeholders accountable to production schedules
Follow editorial procedures and standards, maintain quality control for editorial work
Apply established university brand and message platforms for donor and alumni audiences
University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, writing or related field
Minimum of two years of effective and relevant experience in writing and editing proposals, cases for support, solicitation appeals and other pieces appropriate for higher education alumni and donor audiences, as demonstrated by portfolio
Experience working with project teams and graphic designers
Experience effectively overseeing projects start to finish
Expert in applying AP style
Excellent computer skills including MS Word editing tools and online project management software
Successful track record of working effectively with colleagues at all levels
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