Senior Development Writer/Editor, Direct Appeals and Donor Communications



Senior Development Writer/Editor, Direct Appeals and Donor Communications

Stanford University

Job Number:
78143


*To be considered for this role, please submit three writing samples with your cover letter and resume. Further samples will be requested as needed.


If you can tell a great story, weave in strategic messages, and make a compelling case for philanthropic support, then you could be the ideal candidate for the Senior Writer, Direct Appeals and Donor Communications position.

JOB PURPOSE:

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Communications within the Communications and Stewardship group in Stanford's central Office of Development, this position is part of a team of several writers. The Senior Writer is responsible for writing and editing direct appeals, telling stories about the impact of giving, and creating marketing collateral for the university's donors, prospective donors, alumni, parents, and friends.

The Senior Writer will serve as a core member of the team producing annual fund appeals and creating other marketing collateral for The Stanford Fund, the university's annual fund for undergraduate education. Other projects will include writing donor impact stories, drafting letters on behalf of senior leaders, and creating a broad range of collateral such as white papers, case statements, website copy, and event collateral. The position may also assist in developing video and online projects.

The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker and a superb writer who is versatile in a range of writing styles. Excellent interpersonal skills required. Experience writing direct appeals and working with nonprofits strongly preferred.

CORE DUTIES*:
  • Work in regular collaboration with The Stanford Fund, Direct Marketing, the Parents' Program, and other partners within the Office of Development to develop targeted communications strategies.
  • Research, write, and edit content, including donor stories and a high volume of direct appeals.
  • Understand and help analyze trends and best practices in direct appeal creation and distribution, making salient recommendations to internal partners to drive results.
  • Tailor written material for diverse audiences and a variety of channels. Edit content provided by other sources, and adapt and repurpose as needed.
  • Incorporate feedback and manage reviews by various internal and external clients.
  • Manage production of own stories, publications, and communications projects, and adhere to deadlines. Set and track project schedules and budgets.
  • Work closely with in-house design, online, and video teams, e.g., organizing raw content and channeling reviewer feedback. Maintain records on internal spreadsheets and databases.
* - Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and eight years of related experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Proven success in creating direct appeals and writing for print and digital media, including both long- and short-form content.
  • An understanding of development communications, including direct marketing principles and practices.
  • Proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner. Flawless copyediting and proofing.
  • Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.
  • Solid project management/production management experience, including working closely with clients and designers and overseeing complex projects. Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, coordinate the roles of various project contributors, set priorities and schedules, and meet deadlines with a minimum of supervision.
  • Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools, and current communication trends.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent time management skills.
Certifications and Licenses:
None

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, and use a telephone, writing by hand.
  • Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, and sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Visual and auditory acuity, including color vision required.
* - 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 his or her job.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
WORK STANDARDS:
  • 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.
Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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.


Job: Communications

Location: Office of Development
Schedule: Full-time
Classification Level:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




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