SENIOR WRITER/EDITOR,DAR Development & Alumni Relations, Communications (9030/I0717)

Boston, Massachusetts
Sep 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

If you want to join a dynamic, mission-driven team in the best college town in the U.S.—at a prestigious university that knows where it wants to go, and is competitive in its compensation and benefits—consider us. If you want to help bring a $1.5 billion-dollar campaign to a successful conclusion—and maybe do some of your best work as an advancement professional—consider joining our team.

This historic effort will depend upon a dedicated, creative, and diverse staff.  Boston University’s Development and Alumni Relations’ top leadership includes outstanding individuals recruited from some of the best institutions in the world and is led by Senior Vice President Scott Nichols.


The Development Communications team is at the forefront of messaging on behalf of the Campaign for Boston University. Responsible for creating all of the content used by the advancement staff and alums, this team is award-winning for their web-design, video productions, print materials and proposal design.


The Senior Writer/Editor will provide writing support for the University’s senior fundraising team and other “clients” within the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.  He/she will research, conceptualize, write, edit, and proofread written materials designed for presentation to some of the University’s most important donors, prospective donors, alumni, and other audiences. The ideal candidate will demonstrate intellectual depth, strong interest in higher education, and a commitment to raising significant new funds to support the University’s most important programs and needs. Therefore, the ability to work closely with the University’s faculty and senior administrative leaders in the development of persuasive and clearly written materials across a wide range of academic disciplines is essential.

Writing: In collaboration with designers and DAR staffers, conceive, research, and write engaging and accurate communications suited to the needs of specific audiences and situations, on deadline. Includes the creation of proposals, case statements, website copy, video scripts, appeal letters, magazine and newsletter articles, brochures, speeches, and advertisements. Rewrite drafts as necessary to 1) reflect editorial input from numerous colleagues, and 2) reflect changes in circumstances. In intensive periods, work on multiple projects concurrently, keeping internal clients informed and satisfied with progress. Work with graphic designers to conceptualize/revise materials, including specifying the desired “level of finish,” the range/depth of illustration, etc.

Editing: In a fast-moving collegial environment that is often characterized by tight deadlines, help to edit proposals, letters, collateral, web texts, and other copy produced by members of the Development Communications team to improve sense, style, accuracy, grammatical correctness, and adherence to University editorial guidelines. Includes content editing, copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking.

Interviewing: Interview donors, faculty members, administrators, students, and outside sources to generate content for development-related communications and simultaneously build goodwill toward the University.

Planning and strategy: Help the Development Communications team plan and carry out long-term communication and marketing strategies to support Development & Alumni Relations in a campaign environment.


Bachelor’s degree, required with Master’s preferred with 5-8 years of related experience.

Flexibility, speed, responsiveness, and an understanding of the realities of high-level fundraising will be critically important for success. The Senior Writer/Editor must be willing to process inputs quickly from a wide range of sources, creating revised materials rapidly in response to changing circumstances. He/she will be expected to become an effective contributor to a fast-moving team of writers and designers; at the same time, he/she will need to be comfortable working with a high degree of autonomy. Ideally, he/she will have experience working with graphic designers, and be able to help shape the packaging as well as the content of higher-end proposals. He/she will also have experience editing the work of other skilled writers, making collegial contributions to evolving texts.

Play a leading role in BU’s $1.5 Billion campaign, and join us today.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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