The Writer/Editor is a versatile content development specialist who provides writing and editing expertise for print, digital and marketing communications materials that help advance campaign and fundraising efforts. Part of a creative team, Writer/Editor is a strong collaborator, working closely with designers, project managers, other content creators, and strategists to ensure the highest quality and effectiveness.
The Writer/Editor serves as the primary point person in Advancement Communications for the review and editing of content produced by Stewardship and Donor Relations, Events, Executive Leadership and Support, Direct Marketing, International Advancement and other designated units in the division. This can include collateral for fundraising and donor-focused events, major donor proposals and impact publications, direct marketing solicitations and collateral, and parent and family giving promotional materials. The Writer/Editor will also be involved in writing and publishing giving impact stories and donor profiles, scriptwriting for audio and video pieces with a campaign/donor focus, and producing content for the alumni and friends website and social channels as needed. In addition, the Writer/Editor will provide input on campaign and development communications messaging and play a role in creating content for division-wide internal communication coordinated by Advancement Communications, as needed.
Education and Experience
Bachelorâ™s degree required. Equivalent combination of education and experience, with demonstrated competencies in print and digital communications, journalism, promotional writing.
Minimum 7 years of professional writing experience, including significant experience in an academic setting or equivalent combination of education and business experience.
Proven craftsmanship in writing and editing with demonstrated ability to think creatively, imaginatively and independently.Â Preference given to candidates with development or fundraising experience along with proposal writing experience.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities, to solve problems and meet challenging, aggressive and changing priorities/deadlines.
Ability to work independently and proactively, yet function in a collaborative team environment, exhibiting self-reliance, dependability, trustworthiness, good listening skills, and an ability to form effective working partnerships with colleagues.
Superior interpersonal and relationship building skills with proven ability to successfully interact and collaborate with fundraising and other Advancement staff as well as varied constituencies -- students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and others --in a professional manner, exhibiting excellent written and oral communication skills and demonstrating tact and diplomacy working with a wide variety of personalities.Â
High degree of professionalism, ethical sensitivity, confidentiality and discretion; proven ability to apply good judgment and responsible decision making. Awareness of and alignment with University Communications brand and editorial style guidelines is required.
Experience with web and social media publishing and content management systems is preferred. Familiarity with preparing images for digital publication using Photoshop or equivalent graphics software, as well as basic knowledge of HTML/CSS and SEO best practices is a plus.
Experience with privacy, copyright, fair use law and other areas of intellectual property as it pertains to distributing content is a plus.
Candidates must demonstrate a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment.
Candidates please note: all offers of employment are contingent upon a completed criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume with their applications.
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Development Writer and Editor
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Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Internal Number: REQ164901
About Brown University
Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Engineering, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.