As part of a collaborative Development Communications team, the Development Writer is responsible for generating engaging cultivation, acknowledgement, and stewardship materials for the museum’s closest supporters. This includes drafting, editing, and tracking acknowledgment and stewardship letters; collecting and archiving information from across the museum that illustrates the impact of donor gifts; and writing and designing visually compelling reports to individual donors.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to translate complex concepts into engaging copy while integrating donors’ individual interests and philanthropic goals. The Development Writer is a creative thinker, an agile storyteller, and an enthusiastic team player.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide support to the Assistant Director of Development Communications and the Assistant Director of Stewardship in all aspects of donor acknowledgment, recognition, and stewardship.
Write and ensure the timely delivery of acknowledgement and stewardship letters and materials.
Design cultivation and stewardship materials that translate data into charts, timelines, and other graphics; create visually compelling narratives that communicate gratitude and donor impact.
Assist with general administrative activities, such as printing, mailing, and filing.
Execute detailed record keeping with a commitment to maintaining an accurate database.
Manage and meet deadlines in alignment with the museum’s donor cultivation and stewardship programs.
Working in partnership with staff at all levels in departments across the museum, gather information valuable to donors including program statistics, attendance figures, photographs, and member and visitor stories and quotes.
Archive and organize research materials in a shared library that is accessible to colleagues across Development and External Affairs.
Experience, Education, and Licensure:
Bachelor’s degree required.
Two years of professional experience or equivalent knowledge in writing, editing, journalism, communications, or marketing required.
Experience in graphic design and visual storytelling strongly preferred.
Training and experience in digital photography a plus.
Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style a plus.
Mature writing style and impeccable editing skills are critical (writing samples and exercises will be required).
Ability to write and design content that maintains consistent voice and style.
Excellent interpersonal and relationship building and maintenance skills and ability to function well within multiple teams.
Experience in graphic design and data-visualization, including solid knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, strongly preferred.
Experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM database a plus.
Proficiency with Wrike, Smartsheet, or other ticketing or project management software a plus.
Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems while maintaining creativity in problem-solving.
Ability to work under pressure of time and frequent requests from multiple sources each having their own timelines and constraints
Ability to apply an ethical code and good judgment, and to handle sensitive financial information and confidential materials with scrupulous honesty and discretion.
The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace
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About The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In addition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by TripAdvisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing ...designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.