Development Communications Writer

Posted On: September 17, 2015

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Media Organization: Pratt Institute Office of Communications

Company Description

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.

Job Description

Development Communications Writer

Reports to Director of Development Communications

Under moderate supervision and with moderate latitude for independent judgment, assists in the development and production of print and electronic fundraising and development communications materials for both internal and external audiences of donors and prospective donors, and generally ensures that fundraising and development communications materials adhere to high editorial standards and incorporate appropriate messaging.

Key responsibilities:
Develop awareness of funding priorities and initiatives, as well as academic programs and faculty activities, for use in printed and electronic fundraising and development communications materials. Incorporate messaging points in printed and electronic fundraising and development communications materials as appropriate.

Research, write, and edit content for Pratt’s promotional, fundraising, and stewardship materials, including major gift proposals, grant and sponsorship reports, funding area direct mail and brochures (e.g., The Fund for Pratt, Planned Giving) as well as articles for the Inspire giving newsletter, DxD corporate publication, and Prattfolio magazine. Draft content with input from the Director of Development Communications and the Directors of Development. Work with Directors of Development to obtain appropriate approvals where needed.

Provide administrative support to the Director of Development Communications and the Creative Services team in creating content for print and electronic advancement publications.

Assist with photo research and distribution of Prattfolio magazine.

Draft remarks and talking points for President Schutte and other senior Pratt administrators for fundraising, cultivation, recognition, and other advancement-related events.

Assist with editorial review of all printed and electronic fundraising materials (i.e., brochures, event invitations, email blasts, etc.).

Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or related discipline

Experience: At least three years of relevant work experience, preferably in a higher education environment; demonstrated experience in development communications and/or external affairs writing for a non-profit institution; demonstrated ability to adapt style and tone to conform with institutional branding and for diverse speakers; demonstrated understanding of fundraising and constituent engagement. Experience with comprehensive or capital campaigns, event planning, and donor relations desired.

Skills: Ability to meet tight deadlines and work on multiple projects simultaneously. Excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication skills. Proficient in Microsoft Word, familiarity with Raiser’s Edge. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

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