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Senior Advancement Writer
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Mar. 4, 2019
Title Senior Advancement Writer
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY, United States
Department University Advancement
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Institutional Advancement

Position Summary
The Senior Advancement Writer is a key team member of UB’s Office of Donor and Alumni Communications. The Senior Advancement Writer manages and oversees the proposal writing and creation process for the entire division. The writer creates and edits compelling texts for fundraising and alumni campaigns to increase alumni and donor interest in the university and its programs. These activities are intended to foster support for the university’s philanthropy and alumni engagement efforts. This position requires superior planning, coordination, research, writing, editing, and interpersonal communications skills.

  • Write persuasive fundraising proposals, solicitation letters, remarks etc. as required
  • Meet with divisional leaders, gift officers and others to intake and plan new work
  • Research, collect data, interview subjects (university administrators, gift and engagement officers, deans, faculty members, alumni, donors and others) to inform projects
  • Edit, rework and proofread texts as required
  • Collaborate effectively with donor and alumni communications team members, university communications staff members, school-based alumni communicators as well as freelancers
  • Manage and hold self and other team members and stakeholders accountable to production schedules
  • Follow editorial procedures and standards, maintain quality control for editorial work
  • Apply established university brand and message platforms for donor and alumni audiences

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, writing or related field
  • Minimum of two years of effective and relevant experience in writing and editing proposals, cases for support, solicitation appeals and other pieces appropriate for higher education alumni and donor audiences, as demonstrated by portfolio
  • Experience working with project teams and graphic designers
  • Experience effectively overseeing projects start to finish
  • Expert in applying AP style
  • Excellent computer skills including MS Word editing tools and online project management software
  • Successful track record of working effectively with colleagues at all levels

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience writing fundraising proposals and/or solicitation materials
  • Higher education writing experience
  • Master’s degree in English, communications, journalism, writing or related field

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