Scripps College Scripps College, North Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA, USA
Jul 29, 2019Full time
PRIMARY PURPOSE/GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Reporting to, and working closely as a thought partner with, the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, the Advancement Writer works collaboratively within the External Relations and Institutional Advancement (ERIA) Division to advance the mission of Scripps College and the fundraising priorities of ERIA. The Advancement Writer will be responsible for telling stories about the impact of gifts to the College in order to increase support for key initiatives and build a culture of philanthropy at Scripps. Projects will include white papers, one-sheets, brochures, annual fund solicitations, major gift proposals, website feature articles, event collateral, and more. DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS : This information is intended to be a descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The list of essential functions below does not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent in this position. Perform other duties as assigned. In consultation with Marketing and Communications, Philanthropy, and Institutional Engagement, develop and implement content strategy and an editorial calendar for all advancement communications. Support the ERIA Division and the College in creating personalized advancement communications that inform and persuade specific audiences and stakeholders to support Scripps’ mission and fundraising priorities. Write and edit donor stories, proposals, white papers, brochures, one-sheets, bios, scripts, talking points, and other fundraising and engagement collateral as needed. Provide essential recommendations on communications strategies across the division. Work closely and collaboratively with Philanthropy, Institutional Engagement, and Marketing and Communications team members to complete projects. Additional Responsibilities Develop collaborative relationships across ERIA teams as well as with administrative and academic offices and departments. Conduct research for information that is necessary for accurate, personal communications. Serve as an accurate and thoughtful editor who can achieve consistent, high-quality results on strict deadlines. Coordinate reviews by internal and external partners and incorporate appropriate feedback. Adhere closely to the College’s editorial style guide, general grammar, spelling and punctuation standards, and multiple assignment deadlines. Perform other duties as assigned. Active support for the College’s Principles of Community and Principles of Diversity in the performance of job duties. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES : Individuals must possess knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. Experience as an accomplished and adaptable writer with a track record of success in crafting a variety of personal, compelling communications. Must possess strong research skills and attention to detail Excellent command of spelling, grammar, style Strong judgement in regard to tone, accuracy, and honesty Ability to write for multiple audiences Ability to collaborate with multiple constituencies. Proficient with Microsoft suite of products. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while soliciting and incorporating input from various internal and external stakeholders. Ability to be organized, a self-starter, and an exceptional writer with excellent interpersonal, project, and people-management skills. Experience writing for higher education or nonprofits is essential. QUALIFICATION STANDARDS : EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, marketing or a related field of study or equivalent work experience, plus a minimum of three years of higher education or nonprofit advancement writing, editing, and communication experience or any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Master’s degree and previous experience with content management systems for web and email platforms and in database reporting and direct marketing preferred. LICENSES / CERTIFICATES : None. OTHER : HOURS & CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS: This is a regular, full-time, benefits-eligible, exempt position. The regular hours for this position are Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Hours may vary due to the needs of the College or department. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY : Will supervise student worker. Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate. Physical and Mental Requirements Ability to maintain good concentration level while dealing with interruptions; attention to details with emphasis on accuracy; capable of giving, receiving, and analyzing information, formulating work plans, and articulating goals and action plans. Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time. Standing for extended periods of time. Reaching and extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than the whole hand(s), or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard. Communication skills using the spoken word. Ability to see within normal parameters. Ability to hear within normal parameters. Ability to bend and stoop, for example, to file. Ability to move about. Ability to lift and carry short distances up to 20 lbs., for example to lift or move office supplies, files, books and packages. At-Will Employment Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Scripps College is an At-Will employer. Employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law. Scripps College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local law.