Temporary Development Writer

Posting ID : A1068544648
Date Posted : 2015-08-19
Category : Writing Editing

As part of the Stewardship Team, reporting to the Director of Stewardship, the Development Writer enjoys a panoramic view of the fundraising process by creating content both specific to serve a donor's interests and general to address a program area's needs. The Development Writer has direct access to physicians and scientists pursuing world-leading research and innovative clinical care in order to create and shape content to serve the entire fundraising cycle, from cultivation to solicitation to stewardship. The Development Writer's primary responsibilities include crafting custom gift acknowledgement letters and reports for stewarding annual and major donors by providing meaningful, compelling and timely information regarding the impact of gifts to donors to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and pediatric programs at Stanford University School of Medicine. Special stewardship and writing projects may be assigned as needed

Essential Duties

Produces customized letters and impact reports for stewarding annual and major gifts.
Works closely with the Children's Fund team and Major Gift Officers to develop high quality, persuasive written materials to inspire and retain donor support of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and child health programs at the Stanford School of Medicine.
Provides support to the Foundation Relations, Corporate Relations, and Planned Giving teams in their fundraising efforts.
Consults with Foundation, Hospital, and School of Medicine staff, as well as investigate other sources of information as needed to develop appropriate letters and reports.
Makes use of articles and publications as background material in developing reports. As needed, this individual will perform general writing and proofreading duties.
Serves as a knowledgeable resource to Foundation staff on different areas of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and the Stanford School of Medicine.
Communicates clearly, professionally and courteously to ensure positive relationships with medical staff, Hospital leadership, donors, and Foundation colleagues.

Required Experience, Skills, and Abilities

A 4-year college degree in a related discipline.
2-3 years of experience as a writer, preferably in a fundraising context.
3-5 years of work experience in a professional setting; familiarity with non-profit, foundation, or development roles is a plus.
S/he will have a strong interest in supporting the development goals of the Foundation
Exceptional communication skills, including writing and proofreading; ability to translate technical and scientific information into lay language; talent in developing and presenting proposals and reports in the most compelling fashion.
Self-motivated, takes initiative
A meticulous attention to detail is essential.
Strong organizational and planning skills; resourceful problem-solving; capacity to balance multiple projects, prioritize workload, and quickly adapt to new priorities; ability to take initiative, work independently and be a team player.
Ability to successfully interact with and obtain information from a wide range of stakeholders, including Foundation, School of Medicine and Hospital staff.
Flexibility to work with various stages and types of material; ability to adapt to different forms and styles of communication; ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
Proficiency with word/data processing such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and other computer software database programs.
Familiarity/experience with the Raiser's Edge database program is a plus.

The highest standards of professional and personal behavior; excellent judgment and the ability to treat confidential information with discretion.
A positive, respectful attitude and a genuine interest in children and their health.

The successful candidate will show good judgment, an exceptional level of integrity, a positive attitude, the ability to take initiative and work independently when needed, and the ability to work with minimal supervision in a high energy and fast-paced work environment. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the ability to work with a variety of people and personalities and to represent the Foundation professionally to donors and staff through excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.

How to Apply

Apply online by submitting a cover letter and resume.

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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