The Senior Assistant Director, Development Communications writes a broad spectrum of fundraising materials created for a specific audience such as a prospective donor, family foundation, corporation, or volunteer solicitor. S/he 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. S/he is responsible for written materials and projects such as: proposals; correspondence including acknowledgement letters; cultivation visits/meetings; stewardship reports; Power Point presentations; and conceptualization of a stewardship meeting.
There are multiple Senior Assistant Directors at Medicine & Biological Sciences Development (MBSD) and each works with a campaign team that is focused on a fundraising priority of the $1.2B campaign.
S/he works closely with the Director, Managing Director, and Associate Vice President who leads the team to create and execute an annual communication plan.
S/he coordinates efforts and collaborates with other teams at MBSD such as Communications (including graphic design and the communications writers); Protocol; Events; Strategic Research and Analysis.
The Senior Assistant Director project manages the team's activity and is responsible for implementing tactical next steps to ensure goals and objectives are met. As such, s/he closely monitors team activity and anticipates and tracks deliverables, including letters, briefings, reports, presentations, and proposals. S/he facilitates internal meetings and facilitates fundraiser visits with donors and prospective donors to advance prospect strategy.
From time to time, s/he may be asked to take on a project that requires analytical skills (examples include: budget analysis and prospect portfolio analysis).
Researches, writes, and edits a variety of communications, publications and/or reports. Writes analytic, interpretive, or highly individualized features utilizing personal subject matter expertise. Determines, researches, verifies, writes and edits content material. Under supervision, may assist with writing and/or editing technical/scientific material for manuals or journals.
A Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, communications or a relevant field required.
A minimum of two years of relevant experience required. Proven expertise taking complicated information from various sources and synthesizing it to identify and clarify key issues and opportunities, as well as developing a compelling message required.
Experience with writing in a scientific field or a complex subject material preferred.
Experience in a large or complex organization or subject matter preferred.
Ability to manage multiple details while adhering to a broader concept or purpose required.
Capacity for 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 required.
Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Editing skills required. Creativity required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Decision-making skills required. Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Knowledge of word processing software required.
Intermediate knowledge of specialized subject matter preferred. Interviewing skills preferred. Knowledge of desktop publishing software preferred.
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About University of Chicago, Medicine and Biological Sciences Development
Join the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Development (MBSD) team during a time of exciting momentum under the leadership of seasoned, dedicated, and talented professionals. This is a unique career opportunity to work with a dynamic organization driving the visionary and fundraising themes for the University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact. Of the $4.5B Campaign, $1.2...B will support medicine and biological sciences in research, patient care, and education and training programs, including several transformational initiatives. MBSD's mission is to inspire and facilitate philanthropy at the University of Chicago Medicine by building relationships with those who share its goals of advancing excellence in research, education, community, and patient care. We accomplish this mission through expertise, integrity, creativity, and collaboration. Be part of a team of colleagues whose commitment and contributions enable success and global impact in a bold Campaign.