This is a two year fixed-term position (Full-time with benefits)
Open to 100% remote work, would require travel to campus and other locations about 10 times per year.
Reports to: Director of Strategic Projects and Internal Communications
Stanford University's mission is to help students prepare for lives of purpose, to help faculty discover new knowledge, and to translate research into solutions for people everywhere. The Office of Development (OOD) advances Stanford's mission by inspiring philanthropic support from alumni, parents, families, friends, and institutional funders. Working with volunteers and academic leaders, OOD staff take a donor-centric approach. Every member of the office plays a role in providing donors with an exceptionally positive philanthropic experience.
As part of the central OOD team, the Campaign Writer will help faculty and students tell their stories to our donor audience, especially through live events and recorded video. The writer will work closely with event producers and video creators; interview faculty and students to find the heart of their stories; and capture essential moments and messages in the form of talking points or scripts. The writer may also help guide faculty and students in rehearsing and preparing to deliver the best version of their stories on stage or on camera.
This position supports a university-wide fundraising campaign, and part of the writer's job is to delineate connections between the specific stories of individuals and the larger themes of the campaign. How does one course of study or one research project demonstrate Stanford's distinctive approach to making a difference in the world beyond campus? The writer will read background material and consult with the fundraisers who lead specific campaign initiatives, while maintaining familiarity with the campaign as a whole.
The writer will also work closely with the OOD event and creative teams (including Writing, Design, and Digital). As part of the campaign communications team, the writer will help to coordinate how stories are adapted and deployed into other channels, including print and digital.
To be successful in this position you will bring:
A bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Experience in at least a few of these areas: broadcast, podcast, theater, speechwriting, executive communications, ghostwriting, video production, and/or marketing communications.
Interviewing that elicits both information and emotion
Storytelling that holds attention while carrying a message
Writing for clear but conversational delivery of the spoken word
An ability to apply a brand voice across various mediums with consistency and adaptability.
An appreciation of the power of diversity and the need for social justice in the workplace and the world.
A sincere enthusiasm for ideas, scholarship, and the power of higher education to contribute to society.
A commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.
TO APPLY: Please submit 3-5 work samples with your cover letter and resume. Further samples will be requested as needed.
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
Rarely sort/file paperwork.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
WHY STANFORD IS FOR YOU:
Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Why work at Stanford?Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again.We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career.At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment. How will it change you?