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Development Communications Writer

Stanford University

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Development Communications Writer
Office of Development, Redwood City, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4272
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: H
Requisition ID: 94321

Stanford Medicine is comprised of Stanford University School of Medicine, an innovative research-intensive medical school; Stanford Health Care, a hospital that is nationally recognized for quality patient care; and Stanford Children's Health, the only health care system in the San Francisco Bay Area exclusively dedicated to pediatric and obstetric care. Medical Center Development, in partnership with the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, supports Stanford Medicine with passionate and experienced fundraising professionals and partner teams, and is committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the Office of Development staff plays a role in providing the university's donors with a positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience. Stanford believes that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand and so hires individuals with a commitment to work effectively with colleagues and donors from a wide range of backgrounds.

As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

Our Office of Medical Center Development is seeking a development writer—a mission-driven team player with a passion for philanthropy, a background in writing, and an interest in science/medicine.

An ideal candidate for the development writer position possesses the ability to clearly explain how something works and why it matters to diverse audiences, weave in strategic messages that make a compelling case for support, and lead a project from inception to completion. Reporting to and working directly with the assistant director of communications, the development writer will round out a creative services team that works collaboratively and strategically to advance the mission of Stanford Medicine.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to work together with and learn from fundraisers, writers, graphic designers, faculty and staff, and to tell the compelling stories of scientific discovery, compassionate clinical care, and excellence in training at Stanford Medicine.

Your primary responsibilities include:
  • As a member of a growing team of storytellers, you will create copy and narratives that inform and inspire donors and convey the impact of philanthropy to a variety of audiences.
  • Projects are wide-ranging and will include writing faculty bios, donor reports, event collateral, overview pieces, gift stories, and web copy; and proofreading copy and collateral to ensure flawless accuracy and adherence to style guidelines.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years of related experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Comfort with writing for print, web, and other platforms. Writing samples are required.
  • Some professional writing, editing, proofreading, and interviewing experience, including both long- and short-form content.
  • The ability to understand and synthesize complex material across multiple sources to produce collateral for diverse audiences.
  • Client service orientation with the ability to interact with a wide range of people at different levels of an organization.
  • A commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Microsoft Office Suite skills.

In addition, preferred requirements include:
  • A background and/or interest in medical, science, or development writing

This role will have a hybrid schedule, with your primary work location at our Redwood City, CA offices and the option to telecommute two to three days per week. Occasional event staffing may be required (evenings and weekends). This role may also be open to a full-time remote schedule, for candidates who reside outside the greater Bay Area, with occasional business travel to our Redwood City offices.

Why Stanford is 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. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care, and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application.

* The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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 his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

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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Change the world. And yourself.

Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again.

We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career. 

At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment.

Stanford Facts at a Glance

Opened 1891

Student Enrollment

  • Undergraduates: 6,980
  • Graduates: 8,897


  • 8,180 contiguous acres in six governmental jurisdictions
  • Nearly 700 major buildings
  • 97% of undergraduates live on campus


  • 5,300 externally sponsored projects
  • $1.33 billion total budget


  • 2,043 faculty members
  • 21 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community
  • 5:1 student to faculty ratio

Stanford University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

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