Senior Advancement Writer - University Advancement
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: Clayton, Missouri
Internal Number: JR62169
The Senior Advancement Writer will report to the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advancement Communications. The position is responsible for researching, writing, and producing highly personalized communications pieces, including proposals of seven figures or more, for University Advancementâ™s Medical Advancement team, which raises funds for Washington University School of Medicine and the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. The incumbent also will produce collateral, such as brochures, one-sheets, and solicitation letters and emails and will write editorial content for university publications, sharing philanthropic stories and profiles of our alumni, donors, and friends, as well as faculty and students. The Senior Advancement Writer will cultivate and strengthen relationships with colleagues throughout Medical Advancement and UA, contribute to and advance overall communications strategies, and serve as an active member of the advancement communications team and the senior advancement writer cohort.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Plan, write, edit, and design proposals and solicitation materials for use by the the dean of the medical school, the vice chancellor of Medical Advancement, and other university leaders for gifts of seven figures or more. Prepare solicitation materials, such as appeal letters and emails, proposal templates, and case statements for targeted fundraising initiatives, for use by Medical Advancement staff and the Siteman Cancer Center fundraising team. These efforts include offering input on Â and implementing strategies for major gift asks and annual giving communications.
Produce stories for university publications, including Outlook magazine, The Spirit of Washington University, and university websites in consultation with the content strategy team in Advancement Communications.
Plan, write, edit, and design high-end materials including brochures, highly personalized letters, stewardship reports, and other print and digital communications.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Applicant Special Instructions
Please include a cover letter with your application.
Ten to twelve years of experience as a development writer and editor.
Previous work experience in higher education.
Previous work experience with nonprofit 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.
Experience with writing on medical subjects.
Understanding of Washington University history and culture.
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.
Bachelorâ™s degree with strong English writing capabilities.
Ten years of experience with strategic communications, donor communications, or related areas, preferably in higher education or other large, complex organization.
$68,200.00 - $116,600.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an 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.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individualâ™s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.
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