Senior Writer

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130 E. Randolph

20103 BSD-Dev Pr/Alum

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Job Summary:
*Please read carefully. Applicants who do not submit all the required documents will not be considered further for this position.

The Communication's Team Senior Writer researches and articulates complex programs that are fundraising priorities; s/he will portray complex medical concepts and programs in a credible and accessible style. These programs will have broad themes that span multiple departments and often engage numerous faculty. S/he will add substantial value to shaping these ideas by helping to identify, clarify, and confirm consensus amongst University thought leaders. In addition, s/he will create persuasive, informative, and inspiring content for newsletters, case statements, campaigns, proposals, University and UChicago Medicine publications, and other descriptive documents targeted to Medicine & Biological Sciences Development's(MBSD) internal and external constituents such as donors, prospective donors, Alumni, Trustees, faculty, and staff.


  • Create persuasive, informative, and inspiring donor-centric content for communications materials targeted to MBSD's internal and external constituents such as donors, prospective donors, Alumni, Trustees, faculty, and staff.
  • Act as a fundamental resource for fundraisers at MBSD as they identify gift opportunities for their donors and prospective donors.
  • Collaborate and work in partnership with all members of MBSD, particularly those on the Individual Giving, Foundations, Outreach, and Marketing and Donor Relations teams.
  • Provide editorial support across MBSD.
  • Produce products such as, but not limited to the following: digital newsletters, case statements, feature articles for University external publications, proposals, web content, marketing materials, social media campaigns, and video scripts.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring in writing to other writers in the department.

  • Intermediate knowledge of specialized subject matter
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Interviewing skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail, the ability to respond to constantly shifting priorities, to exercise sound judgment, to anticipate problems and create solutions
  • Capacity for identifying and evaluating basic issues, for bringing together information from a variety of sources, and for selecting appropriate analytical and creative approaches in dealing with immediate responsibilities

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, communications or a relevant field required
  • Advanced degree in specialized field preferred

  • 5 years of experience writing and editing either in journalism, corporate communications, advertising or public relations agencies, or in academia or a science field required.
  • Proven expertise taking complex information and both synthesizing it to identify and clarify key issues and opportunities and developing a compelling message required.

  • Experience working in higher education, healthcare, or science preferred.
  • An interest and knowledge base in medical research and health care preferred.
  • Proficiency with working in digital media preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 3/9/2018
Application Due: 4/6/2018
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