Senior Writer, Development Communications

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Senior Writer, Development Communications

Stanford University

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Senior Writer, Development Communications (Writer 3)
Job Code: 4273
Grade: J
Exemption: 100% Exempt
Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description
If you can articulate the goals and vision of complex initiatives… clearly explain how something works and why it matters to diverse audiences, including individual philanthropists and sophisticated foundations…. weave in strategic messages that make a compelling case for support… then you could be the ideal candidate for this Senior Writer, Development Communications position.
Reporting to, and working closely as a thought partner with the Assistant Director of Communications within Stanford's central Office of Development, the Senior Writer will be part of a top-notch team of writers, designers, and donor relations professionals who work collaboratively to advance the university's mission through philanthropy.
The Senior Writer is responsible for telling stories about the impact of giving, writing case statements and proposals, and creating stewardship and marketing materials for the university's donors and prospective donors. Projects will include letters in the voice of senior leaders, direct appeals, website copy, and event collateral. The position requires the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, serving as the lead on projects that involve colleagues in design, video, and/or digital services and require input from various internal stakeholders.
The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker and superb writer with excellent interpersonal and project management skills. Experience writing for nonprofits is preferred.

Please include three writing samples with your resume and cover letter. Further samples will be requested as needed.

Your responsibilities will include*:

  • Understanding the university's fundraising goals, articulating how these goals advance the mission of the university, and conveying the impact of philanthropy to a variety of audiences.
  • Working collaboratively with various teams within the Office of Development to develop targeted communications products.
  • Maintaining relationships with gift officers and making salient recommendations on communications strategies.
  • Researching, writing, and editing content, including gift stories, proposals, stewardship materials, and marketing collateral.
  • Tailoring written materials to inspire different audiences through a variety of channels. Coordinating reviews by internal and external partners and incorporating feedback.
  • Managing production of communications projects and publications, tracking schedules and budgets, and adhering to deadlines.
  • Leading project meetings and participating in regular department-wide and team meetings.
  • Working closely with in-house design, online, and video teams.
* Other duties may also be assigned.
To be successful in this position, you will bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and eight years of related experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Professional experience writing for print and digital media, including both long- and short-form content.
  • Ability to synthesize ideas and information into clear, accurate, and persuasive prose; change voice and writing styles for various authors and audiences; and adapt content for different purposes and communications channels.
  • Attention to detail as well as flawless copyediting and proofing skills.
  • Client service orientation, with proven ability to interact with a wide range of people at different levels of an organization.
  • Prior experience in planning and managing complex marketing/communications programs, coordinating the roles of multiple project contributors, setting priorities and schedules, and meeting deadlines with a minimum of supervision.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment in situations that require independent decision making, problem solving, and handling confidential and sensitive materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
  • Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills.

Why Stanford for you:
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide excellent retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, swim in our Olympic-sized pool, or choose from hundreds of health and fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide highly competitive health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commute programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

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.

How to apply:
We invite you to apply for the position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and a resume with your online application. The cover letter should briefly describe why you believe you are a good fit for this position.
Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Requisition ID: 82357


Location: Office of Development, California, United States
Classification Level:

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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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Posted: 3/14/2019
Application Due: 5/14/2019
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