Strategic Initiatives Writer

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Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Statement                                    

In addition to its commitment to a harassment-free educational and working environment, the College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or medical leave, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. The College also prohibits the harassment of any employee on any of these bases.



Claremont, CA


Job Posting Title:

Strategic Initiatives Writer


Job Details and Requirement:


This position is responsible for providing research and writing support for significant college strategic initiatives, in order to develop proposals in support of the College’s Advancement efforts.  The writer will be responsible for helping create materials and marketable content that align prospective donors and volunteers to the priorities of the College. The drafter must be able to gather and synthesize many sources of information (speeches, websites, magazine articles, etc.) into coherent and inspiring documents, including fundraising proposals, white papers, speeches and annual reports.





Under the direction of the Director of Institutional Philanthropy & Strategic Initiatives, the writer will conduct research and write white papers.  Within the framework of the Office of Institutional Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives, this position will collaborate with the President, senior staff, faculty, and other stakeholders to research, synthesize information, write, review, and edit complex, comprehensive, and inspirational documents that outline current and future endeavors of the College. Furthermore, the writer must amend and personalize white papers for use in proposals, letters, and publications. Perform proofreading of proposals, reports, correspondence, brochures, publications and communications as requested.

Research global trends and responses, gather data relevant to CMC initiatives and priorities, investigate foundation and corporate prospects using appropriate and relevant information for the cultivation and solicitation of donor support. At the direction of the Director of Institutional Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives, communicate directly with foundations and corporations to obtain information.

Provide speech drafting support for internal and external events with an Advancement objective. As needed, work with Public Affairs and the President to research and write speeches for the President, as well as other special projects for the President’s Office and Office of Institutional Philanthropy.

Research and write stewardship reports for foundation and corporate donors, as well as reports on CMC’s endowed scholarship and professorship funds. Contact faculty and staff to obtain narrative and financial report information, write reports and transmittal letters for reports to foundations and corporations in a timely manner to meet grant reporting content and deadline requirements. Compose correspondence for signature by the President, the Director of Institutional Philanthropy, and other CMC administrators. Determine conditions and terms of grants and add to reporting and pledge payment schedules.

As requested by the Director of Institutional Philanthropy assist in researching and writing grant proposals. Work with faculty and staff, to gather information, write proposals, gain necessary internal approvals, and prepare final documents. Compile, write, and edit all grant applications exhibiting strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar and spelling.

Collaborate with faculty, administrators, and other Advancement office staff in activities relating to the cultivation and solicitation of support for CMC from individual, as well as foundation and corporate, donors.

Assist with other administrative and fundraising projects as requested.


The successful candidate will also be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • Regular attendance.
  • Take and follow directions.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
  • Display a positive attitude.
  • Balance multiple tasks and priorities
  • Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.





Bachelor’s degree in English, Literature, Journalism or equivalent field is required, or any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


A minimum of 1-2 years of writing experience within higher education, business or political environment. Demonstrated experience in visionary and influential writing required.   


A valid driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:  Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge skills and abilities.

Requires exceptional professional writing, editing, analytical, and research skills. Must have strong verbal skills and the ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals. Must have an attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.

Requires strong interpersonal skills and an ability to interface professionally with administrators, faculty, and donors. Must have an ability to work effectively with the donor community, with the academic community, and with colleagues in a cooperative environment.  Must be sensitive to donors’ interests and possess a thorough understanding of the development process.

Requires excellent organizational skills, an ability to work independently with minimal direction, and an ability to work well with others.

Must have proficiency in use of database, spreadsheet, and word processing systems. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software desirable.

Requires ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ambiguous environment





The regular hours for this full time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Holiday, weekend and evening work hours will/may be required.  Travel may be required.  Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or division.  This is a 12 month position.



This is a non-exempt position.

This is a regular full-time position.

This is a benefits-eligible position.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:           Light (up to 20 lbs.)                                                  




GROOMING AND APPEARANCE:  The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.


BACKGROUND CHECK:  The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check.  Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test.  Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

ADA/OSHA:  This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position.  It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.  When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT:  Employment with the College is “at-will” meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work.  There is no agreement express or implied between the College and you for continuing or long-term employment. While the College has every hope that employment relationships will be mutually beneficial and rewarding, employees and the College retain the right to terminate the employment relationship at will, at any time, with or without cause.  The President is the only person who can modify or alter the at-will employment relationship.

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.


Disability Accommodations                                                                                    

In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.               

An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or [email protected] for assistance.




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Job No: REQ-1851
Posted: 7/18/2019
Application Due: 9/16/2019
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