Researches and writes a broad spectrum of strategic and complex fundraising materials aimed at specific audiences, including internal and external constituents such as donors, prospective donors, Alumni, Trustees, and faculty, portraying complex medical concepts and programs in a credible and accessible style.
A member of the Principal Gifts team, collaborates with their team and across MBSD to conceive of strategies for proposals, stewardship reports, briefings, and other correspondence and s/he assists with prospect cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship in support of ambitious team goals that can range from $20M - $50M annually.Â
Writes proposals that primarily solicit gifts of $5M+ and prepares briefs and other collateral materials to advance the cultivation and solicitation of principal gift donors. Â
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.
Responsible for written materials and projects such as: proposals; briefs, correspondence including acknowledgement letters; cultivation visits/meetings; stewardship reports; Power Point presentations; and conceptualization of a stewardship meeting.
Identifies and articulates gift opportunities and be a fundamental resource for fundraisers at MBSD as they identify gift opportunities for donors and prospective donors.
Provides editorial support and leadership across MBSD and serves as a leader and expert who will provide coaching and mentoring in writing to other writers in the department. Â
Leads efforts and collaborates with other teams at MBSD such as Individual Giving, Marketing and Communications; Outreach and Events; and Advancement Services.
Works closely with MBSD Leaders to create and execute an annual communication and strategic plans.
Collaborates with faculty and administrators throughout the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Medicine in order to articulate programs that will be characterized by leading-edge science and technology and conceived as agenda-setting science.
Project manages the teamâ™s activity and is responsible for implementing tactical next steps to ensure goals and objectives are met.
Monitors team activity and anticipates and tracks deliverables, including letters, briefings, reports, presentations, and proposals.
Designs and plans communications strategies.
Uses broad knowledge of writing to write in-depth pieces relating to specialized field (e.g. scientific writing).
Performs other related work as needed.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, communications, or a relevant field.
A minimum of five years of work experience as a writer or editor.
Proven expertise taking complex information and both synthesizing it to identify and clarify key issues and opportunities and developing a compelling message.
Understand finance and quantitative documents.
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.
Intermediate knowledge of specialized subject matter.
Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative.
Attention to detail.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
Knowledge of word processing software.
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