Advancement Writer, Principal Gifts - University Advancement
The advancement writer for Principal Gifts is responsible for helping to cultivate, solicit, and steward the university’s most generous donors by writing, editing, and laying out bespoke communications that engage benefactors with Washington University’s mission—and create action.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
– Write and process personalized gift acknowledgements, support senior university leaders’ donor communications.
– Plan, write, edit, and produce (e.g., photo research and layout) digital and print proposals and special stewardship materials.
– Craft event remarks for senior leadership and produce other Principal Gifts communications, as assigned.
– Support Principal Gifts by creating presentations for internal and external audiences.
– Support the Senior Advancement Writer for Principal Gifts.
– Perform other responsibilities as assigned.
– Advanced degree.
– Experience with strategic communications, donor communications, or related areas, preferably in higher education or other nonprofit organization.
– Five, or more, years of experience as a writer or editor.
– Previous work experience with nonprofit fundraising, with a basic understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies.
– Knowledge of current best practices in donor communications and stewardship.
– Expertise in proposal writing and strategic communications.
– Demonstrated creativity in writing and communications strategy.
– Understanding of Washington University history and culture.
– Exceptional writing and editing skills with demonstrated ability to write clear and persuasive communications.
– Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and manage complex, often competing priorities.
– Respect for confidentiality and a strong sense of professional ethics.
– High degree of diplomacy, discretion, and tact.
– Demonstrated accuracy and commitment to detail.
– Proficient with Microsoft Word and other standard office programs.
– Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Photoshop and InDesign.
– Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of related experience.
Washington University’s collective success is greatly attributed to the passion and outstanding efforts of our community. Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence and dedicated to carrying out our missions of research, teaching and patient care.
WashU prides itself on being a place where people matter and serious work is done. Our people work together in an inclusive community that celebrates diverse perspectives, collaboration and innovation. We are a community of individuals inspired to work together to develop big ideas and tackle challenging problems.
We value the well-being of our people. Washington University strives to create a positive employee experience where faculty and staff thrive, both personally and professionally. Our faculty and staff find meaning, connection and vitality in their work and life with a healthy work-life balance and support to learn, grow and make an impact at WashU, the community and the world.