Senior Development Writer/Editor - 73750
Inspire some of the worlds most influential people to help Stanford Medicine create a healthier future. Join the Creative Services group of Stanford Medical Center Development, a high-functioning, highly productive creative team that produces 400+ creative products a year to spark philanthropic support of Stanford Medicine. We seek a talented writer who can work collaboratively with a team of accomplished creative professionals to craft compelling and impactful fundraising materials that excite and motivate donors. The winning candidate will have not just the skills and confidence to produce crisp, persuasive copy, but the flexibility and resilience to accept edits and feedback to make it better. He or she must also be able to keep up with a fast pace and a vibrant mix of demands, earn the trust and respect of the world-renowned scientists and physicians he or she interviews, and bring biomedical science alive for a sophisticated lay audience.
Under minimal supervision, compose material for print, web, and other platforms. One of two senior writers in the Creative Services group, this position reports to the Director of Marketing and Creative, and is part of a team of writers, designers, video/film specialists, digital media, and other creative professionals that promotes philanthropic support of the Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Health Care (formerly known as Stanford Hospital & Clinics). Collaborating with the team, the Senior Development Writer/Editor researches, writes, edits, proofs, and provides project management for a variety of products aimed at prospective donors to Stanford Medicine. These products include scientific/biomedical program descriptions; gift proposals; white papers; case statements; newsletter stories; website copy; direct appeals; profiles of students, faculty, and donors; letters and speeches from Stanford Medicine leadership; and event collateral. Versatility in writing styles, ability to re-interpret bioscience, and excellent interviewing skills required.
Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description
- Develop and research ideas for written publication/communication on topics of moderate complexity.
- Consult with internal and external customers to understand the need and purpose of a project.
- Compose written material for diverse audiences, across a variety of channels.
- Manage production of own publications/communications and adhere to deadlines.
- Compose written material.
- Manage production of own stories, and adhere to deadlines.
- Develop, compile and edit supplemental materials that support written communication (i.e., backgrounders, biographies, executive talking points, and other related materials).
- Establish and maintain extensive contacts with key sources (media, news services, community organizations and other targeted audiences) to identify story themes and newsworthy events to promote and disseminate information.
- Maintain department style standards.
- Edit content provided by other sources, and adapt and repurpose as needed
- Consult with internal and external clients to understand strategic purpose of projects and advise clients on the most effective solutions
- Manage client relationships and expectations
- Manage reviews and evaluate/incorporate feedback from various stakeholders
- Collaborate closely with in-house and external designers and writers, as well as online and video teams to ensure high-quality final products
- Demonstrate sensitivity with confidential information related to donors, including compliance with HIPAA-related medical information
*- Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and five years of related experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience. Development writing experience or familiarity with fundraising preferred. Experience with digital communications a plus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Proven success in writing for publication in print, web, and other platforms.
- Excellent writing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills with proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner.
- Ability to understand materials of moderate complexity and synthesize across multiple sources to produce materials for diverse audiences.
- Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.
- Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools, and current communication trends.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and able to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders.
- Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines.
- Excellent time management skills.
- Ability to write copy that not only explains complex concepts but persuades audiences to take action
- Interest in and basic knowledge of science and medicine.
- Flawless copyediting and proofing skills.
- Willingness to accept and incorporate feedback from multiple stakeholders.
- Ability to collaborate closely with clients, designers, and other team members.
- Great customer service skills, with a focus on listening and understanding client needs and goals.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, coordinate the roles of various projects contributors, set priorities and schedules, and meet and prioritize multiple deadlines with a minimum of supervision.
- Diplomacy and good judgment in balancing and meeting multiple organizational and client needs.
- High tolerance for ambiguity in a complex, highly-matrixed work environment.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
- Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks
- Frequently stand/walk, sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, and use a telephone, writing by hand
- Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, and sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds
- Visual and auditory acuity, including color vision required
*-Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job
- Occasional work on evenings and weekends
- Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations
- Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned
- Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the Universitys Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Please include three writing samples with your resume and cover letter. Further samples will be requested as needed and a test writing assignment will be given as part of the interview process.
Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Location: Office of Development
Job Code: 4272