The Senior Assistant Director, Development Communications writes a broad spectrum of fundraising materials created for a specific audience such as a prospective donor, family foundation, corporation, or volunteer solicitor. S/he takes comprehensive responsibility for the materials such as, but not limited to: building a persuasive case for each written piece; considering the specific audience; identifying influential facts or statistics; fact checking; and establishing, monitoring, and executing a timeline. S/he is responsible for written materials and projects such as: proposals; correspondence including acknowledgement letters; cultivation visits/meetings; stewardship reports; Power Point presentations; and conceptualization of a stewardship meeting. S/he supports a campaign team that is focused on a fundraising priority of the $1.2B campaign.
The Senior Assistant Director may project manage the teamâ™s activity and be responsible for implementing tactical next steps to ensure goals and objectives are met. As such, s/he closely monitors team activity and anticipates and tracks deliverables, including letters, briefings, reports, presentations, and proposals. S/he facilitates internal meetings and facilitates fundraiser visits with donors and prospective donors to advance prospect strategy.
Researches, writes, and edits a variety of communications, publications and/or reports.
Writes analytic, interpretive, or highly individualized features utilizing personal subject matter expertise.
Determines, researches, verifies, writes and edits content material.
S/he works closely with the Managing Director who leads the team to create and execute an annual communication plan.
S/he coordinates efforts and collaborates with other teams at MBSD such as Communications (including graphic design and the Senior Writers); Protocol; Events; Strategic Research and Analysis.
Under supervision, may assist with writing and/or editing technical/scientific material for manuals or journals.
From time to time, s/he may be asked to take on a project that requires project management or analytical skills (examples include: budget analysis and prospect portfolio analysis).
Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style Excellent oral and written communication skills required
Editing skills required
Analytical, problem-solving skills and decision-making skills required
Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required
Attention to detail and strong organizational skills required
Ability to maintain confidentiality required
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required
Knowledge of word processing software required
Intermediate knowledge of specialized subject matter Interviewing skills preferred
Knowledge of desktop publishing software preferred
Education, Experience, or Certifications:
A bachelorâ™s degree or higher in journalism, English, communications or a relevant field is required.
A minimum of three year of relevant work experience is required.
Proven expertise taking complicated information from various sources and synthesizing it to identify and clarify key issues and opportunities, as well as developing a compelling message is required. Excellent written and spoken communication skills are required.
Ability to manage multiple details while adhering to a broader concept or purpose is required.
Ability to understand finance and quantitative documents is required.
Capacity for identifying and evaluating basic issues, for bringing together information from a variety of sources, and for selecting appropriate analytical and creative approaches in dealing with immediate responsibilities is required.
Experience in a university setting or a similarly complex institution is preferred.
Experience with writing in a scientific field or a complex subject material is preferred.
Experience in a large or complex organization or subject matter is preferred.
A degree in medicine or science is preferred.
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