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Posted Job Title
Senior Development Writer
Job Profile Title
Staff Writer C
Job Description Summary
The Senior Development Writer will compose customized gift proposals and other development materials on behalf of Wharton External Affairs. These materials will be used by gift officers to solicit donations from alumni and other prospects.
This Senior Development Writer will exhibit extraordinary persuasive writing skills, experience with adapting formats and style based on audience and context, and comfort with writing, editing, and formatting digital and print pieces. He or she will establish strong working relationships with colleagues in Development and points in programs, centers, and initiatives across the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania as partners in building cases for support. The individual will develop material to capture leadership giving opportunities in a compelling manner to a sophisticated global donor audience. Operating in the solicitation stage of the giving cycle, the Senior Development Writer will connect the past, present, and future by illuminating giving opportunities, with respect for the unique relationship each individual constituent has with the Wharton School.
-Bachelor's Degree and 3 to 5 years of direct experience in development communications, grant-writing, and other fundraising writing, or equivalent combination of education and experience
-Exceptional writing skills, with a specialization in persuasive writing
-Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to interact with Wharton and Penn colleagues and senior level administrators to gather information and collaborate on composing compelling fundraising materials
-Excellent project management and planning skills, with an acute ability to manage multiple deadlines and track activities in a fast-paced, high-volume environment
-Outstanding detail orientation, and proven ability in writing, editing, and proofreading in a variety of formats
-Ability to absorb and analyze information on a wide variety of complex topics
-Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as effectively as a member of a team
-Advanced skills with Microsoft Office applications
-Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends and travel if needed
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00
Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00012634
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Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff. Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with an undergraduate student body of 10,000 from every U.S. state and around the world. The entering class of 2015 is the most talented and diverse in Penn's history. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn welcomes an additional 10,000 students to our top-ranked graduate and professional schools.