Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $6.7 billion enterprise.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of research oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center which are recognized as one of the nation’s top Honor Roll hospitals by U.S. News & World Report Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.
Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Development Communications and Community Engagement, the Senior Writer leads and contributes to stewardship and communication projects for Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations’ major gift program. This newly created position will serve as a key partner to our major gifts fundraising staff by writing compelling copy and helping implement a communications program that complements and enhances donor outreach and stewardship across all service lines of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
The successful candidate has the demonstrated ability to write compelling copy and produce well-designed pieces on topics such as the significant research, clinical care, and educational activities underway at Penn Medicine. A seasoned and skilled writer comfortable with understanding scientific topics, they will possess strong project management abilities to retain oversight of multiple projects. These can include leadership communications: remarks/talking points/scripted agendas, acknowledgement/condolence letters, presentations, and briefings; general communications: stewardship reports and major gift proposals; and Penn Medicine communications: newsletter articles, annual reports, website content and blogs, brochures, and other collateral materials.
The Senior Writer will be required to handle multiple projects and work effectively with people as well as databases and contact management systems. A key contributor to our highly collaborative department, the Senior Writer offers proven team-building skills and a gracious style. The candidate must an interest in innovative practices and solutions that improve our work and enhance relationships with donors, prospects, and faculty.
Write stewardship reports, proposals, special correspondence, newsletter articles, event materials, remarks/talking points, presentations, and other communications that inform our donors.
Develop an understanding of the educational, research, clinical, and financial needs and goals of Penn Medicine.
Meet with key stakeholders and develop written plans for communication projects.
Work with unit leadership and the Operations Team to develop and implement a stewardship program to the various service lines.
Execute multiple projects, working with diverse team members and faculty and providing status reports.
Use desktop design software to create and edit projects.
Proofread and copy edit other projects produced by unit staff.
Coordinate design and other vendor activities on a project basis.
Coordinate efforts of other communications staff members when needed on larger projects.
Keep informed of trends in fundraising and medical communications and apply them to projects.
Internal Number: 45943
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.