Works closely with colleagues across ARD and the University to draft individualized correspondence for the President, trustees, and other University leadership. Writes and edits communications from University leadership, including major announcement communications, cover letters for mailings, proposals, and other special correspondence. Advises on presidential style to others wishing to draft letters for the president's signature.
Collaborates with the team to draft meeting strategy documents for the President, Chancellor, and other University leadership. Assists in managing the briefing process by working directly with fundraisers, prospect research staff, event staff, communications staff, and other colleagues from around the University. Creates and manages project timeline for material requests and delivery.
Assists in managing internal workflow of the Leadership Engagement team, including the ARD-related work of the President and other University Leadership. Assists in streamlining internal systems to track the activity of Trustees and Presidential prospects.
Conducts research and incorporates changes, comments and critiques from multiple reviewers. Maintains a firm grasp of strategic initiative goals, objectives, and the broader University campaign planning strategy. Ensures production of timely and accurate materials according to established guidelines.
Serves as a liaison to the Communications and Research teams by establishing and monitoring timelines for deliverables. Provides timely feedback to each team, incorporates information strategically into briefings, correspondences, tracking documents, and agendas, as needed.
Maintains and updates activity calendars and Griffin records including special communications, event attendance, visits, solicitations, strategies, etc. Ensures meeting debriefs, next steps, proposals, gifts, and correspondences are tracked and updated in Griffin.
Fulfills other writing, copy-editing, proofreading, and editorial duties as needed. Analyzes requests for service, make realistic deadlines for project completion and complete work on schedule.
Manages the work of the Senior Development Writer, through mentorship, encouraging professional growth opportunities, and evaluating performance.
Seeks opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
Uses broad knowledge of writing to write in-depth pieces relating to specialized field (e.g., scientific writing).
Designs and plans communications strategies.
Performs other related work as needed.
Five years nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, research, communications, public relations or similar work experience.
Five years of relevant professional work experience in writing and editing.
One year of leading a project team or managing staff.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, speak, and write effectively including excellent editing skills.
Manage confidential information with discretion and tact.
Act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
Work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting.
Self-motivated and the ability to take initiative.
Prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail.
Exercise sound judgment with regard to strategy, appropriate points of emphasis, confidentiality, and persuasive impact.
Standard office environment.
Willing and able to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
Willing and able to work evenings and weekends.
Cover Letter, addressed to Hiring Committee (preferred)
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