Job description

Duties: Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $6.7 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center which are recognized as one of the nation's top Honor Roll hospitals by U.S. News & World Report Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.

Reporting to the Senior Executive Director within Penn Medicine's University of Pennsylvania Health System grateful patient fundraising team, the Senior Writer develops and leads stewardship and communication projects for Penn Medicine's major gift donors and prospects. This newly-created position will serve as a key partner to our major gifts fundraising staff and shape a communications program that complements and enhances our donor outreach and stewardship. The successful candidate has the demonstrated ability to write compelling copy and produce attractive written pieces on topics such as the significant research, clinical care, and educational activities underway at Penn Medicine. A seasoned and skilled writer, with a gracious style and comfort with scientific topics, he/she will possess strong project management abilities to retain oversight of multiple projects. These can include: proposals, brochures, newsletters, acknowledgement letters, and stewardship reports. The successful candidate has the demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and work effectively with databases and contact management systems. A key contributor to our highly collaborative department, the Senior Writer offers proven team-building skills and an interest in innovative practices and solutions that improve our work and enhance relationships with donors and prospects.

Develop an understanding of the educational, research, clinical, and financial needs and goals of
Penn Medicine.

Meet with key stakeholders and develop written plans for communication projects.

Work with unit leadership and the Operations Team to develop and implement a stewardship program for donors under $1M.

Write stewardship reports, proposals, special correspondence, newsletter articles, event materials, speeches, and other communications that inform our donors.

Execute multiple projects, working with diverse team members and faculty and providing status reports.

Use desktop design software to create and edit projects.

Proofread and copy edit other projects produced by unit staff.

Coordinate design and other vendor activities on a project basis.

Coordinate efforts of other communications staff members when needed on larger projects.

Keep informed of trends in fundraising and medical communications and apply them to projects.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required.
2 to 3 years' experience as a professional writer, with at least two years' direct experience in writing for fundraising, higher education, health care, or a related area.

Portfolio that demonstrates ability to write clearly and persuasively on a variety of topics, with the ability to vary style as needed, from an executive tone, to mass appeals. Writing samples required.

Comfort with writing on scientific topics.

Excellent interpersonal communication skills, strong organizational skills, talent for creative problem solving, and an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects under deadline.

In addition to using Microsoft Office Suite, experience in using desktop design software such as InDesign.

The ability to work effectively with databases and contact management systems.

Web and social media experience a plus.

Project management experience.

Excellent command of language, grammar, spelling, with a good eye for detail.

Experience in evaluating graphic design.

Team-building skills with knowledge of the academic environment preferred, and the ability to relate comfortably to alumni and volunteers, as well as to faculty members, administrators, and staff.

Occasional lifting 25 lbs. or less.

Reference Number: 90-28454

Salary Grade: 026

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: Penn Medicine Development

Special Requirements: Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

Job Family: M-Writing/Communications/Public Relations




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Posted: 4/7/2018
Application Due: 6/8/2018
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