Job description

Duties: Penn Medicine, one of the world's leading academic medical centers, is comprised of the Ivy League Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Ranked among the nation's finest research-oriented medical schools and hospitals, Penn Medicine is home of many firsts in American medicine from its founding as the country's first school of medicine in 1765 to the first FDA approved, revolutionary cell based gene therapy for cancer. Its impact on Philadelphia communities, the nation, and global health echoes the philosophy of the University's founder, Benjamin Franklin.

Penn Medicine's Office of Development and Alumni Relations has a critical role in obtaining the resources that both maintain the institution's current strength and support its vision for the future. This high impact team consistently exceeds annual fundraising goals and has a very competitive level of alumni engagement compared to peer institutions; and it has recently embarked on the new, three year The Power of Penn Medicine campaign, with a goal of more than $1.5 billion. We look for applicants who demonstrate imagination, collegiality, and persistence while keeping a clear eye fixed on our fundraising and engagement goals.

Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Senior Communications & Stewardship Writer develops some of the Office's most important solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship communications projects. With the Assistant Directors of Communications & Stewardship and Director of Stewardship, this person acts as a leading figure in the creative team. The Senior Writer produces engaging copy that helps stakeholders achieve their aims and reflects the caliber of our institution. Especially vital for this position is the ability to integrate the very technical aspects of Penn Medicine's clinical, research, and educational priorities with the very emotional realities about serious illness, care, and the future of medicine.

Write high-level leadership communications, including letters and speeches/talking points

Write and identify visuals for articles, newsletters, feature publications, and social media content

Write and design, based on templates, high-quality projects such as proposals, stewardship reports, handouts, and brochures

Collaborate with Health System design team to develop highly-customized projects, ranging from advertisements and posters to multi-million dollar proposals and case statements

Copy-edit and proofread work from fellow writers and colleagues

Familiar with creative processes, techniques, and tools

Consistently displays a strong sense of ownership over the quality and timeliness of work, with sharp eye for detail both with copy and graphic design

Manages a diverse array of individual projects and is proactive in balancing work load

Anticipates, plans for, and creatively solves problems

Exhibits optimism, energy, and composure, even in times of personal or professional discomfort

Builds partnerships with multiple stakeholders

Constantly aims to minimize institutional risk and maintain confidentiality

Communicates clearly, and in a timely manner, with stakeholders in the method that is most effective for that audience (e.g. phone versus e mail)

Driven to meet and exceed the needs of the team: peers, supervisors, and gift officers

Intellectually curious and eager to learn

Writing samples are required for your application.

Qualifications: BA/BS

Between 3 to 5 years' experience as a professional writer in fundraising, marketing, or related area
* Prefer at least 2 years' direct experience in higher education or health care

Portfolio that demonstrates ability to write persuasively, especially while conveying scientific concepts to a lay audience

Reference Number: 90-29277

Salary Grade: 027

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: 7/5/2018
Application Due: 9/4/2018
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