Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
The Senior Development Writer will report to the Executive Director of Development Communications. The Senior Development Writer is responsible for researching, writing, laying out (using pre-designed templates), and producing major gifts proposals and other development materials. This position also writes editorial content and other development and engagement communications as assigned. The Senior Development Writer will cultivate and strengthen relationships with University leaders and staff at all levels. This position will also contribute to overall communications strategies and support the Executive Director of Development Communications.
PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Plan, write, edit, and proofread fundraising proposals for use by the Chancellor, the Executive Vice Chancellor for Alumni & Development Programs, and other University leaders and fundraisers for gifts of seven figures or more. This includes shaping and implementing communication strategies for major gifts that support the goals of the division. Lay out selected print pieces using design templates provided.
Produce editorial content (donor profiles, Q&A's, etc.) for University publications, websites, e-newsletters, and social media.
Plan, write, edit and produce high-end and highly individualized materials, including Annual Fund appeals, gift challenge brochures, one-sheets, donor communications, and speeches for events. Lay out selected pieces using design templates provided.
Edit and proofread content and materials created by colleagues (AP style).
Perform other duties as assigned.
Ten years of experience with strategic communications, donor communications, or related areas, preferably in higher education or other large, complex organization.
Exceptional writing and editing skills with demonstrated ability to write clear and persuasive communications.
Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and manage complex, often competing priorities.
Respect for confidentiality and a strong sense of professional ethics.
High degree of diplomacy, discretion, and tact.
Demonstrated accuracy and commitment to detail.
Proficient with Microsoft Word and other standard office programs.
Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and InDesign.
Ten to twelve years of experience as a writer and editor.
Previous work experience in higher education.
Previous work experience with non-profit fundraising, with a basic understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies.
Knowledge of current best practices in donor communications and stewardship.
Expertise in proposal writing and strategic communications.
Demonstrated creativity in writing and communications strategy.
Understanding of Washington University history and culture.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Alumni and Development Programs. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.