University of Pennsylvania SENIOR WRITER COMMUNICATIONS AND STEWARDSHIP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 90-29277


School Name Development and Alumni Relations

Org Penn Medicine Development

Posted to the Web 07/03/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 027

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 9am-5pm

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Development and Alumni Relations organization at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the premier development organizations in the world. Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team members benefit from an exceptional work environment where professional excellence and individual pride in achievement are grounded in a strong institutional commitment to integrity and collegiality as we strive for collective success. For talented and innovative individuals, a career at the University of Pennsylvania offers the chance to be part of an exceptionally exciting environment at the nation’s first university. We seek talented individuals who will constitute a community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity. Diversity is prized at Penn as a central component of our mission and helps create an educational and working environment that best supports the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. Penn’s commitment to achieving eminence through diversity is ultimately a commitment to creating a more vibrant university so that our employees will be both stimulated and empowered to shape a better world.


Penn Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, is comprised of the Ivy League Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania Health System.Ranked among the nation’s finest research-oriented medical schools and hospitals, Penn Medicine is home of many firsts in American medicine from its founding as the country’s first school of medicine in 1765 to the first FDA approved, revolutionary cell based gene therapy for cancer. Its impact on Philadelphia communities, the nation, and global health echoes the philosophy of the University’s founder, Benjamin Franklin.Penn Medicine’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations has a critical role in obtaining the resources that both maintain the institution’s current strength and support its vision for the future. This high impact team consistently exceeds annual fundraising goals and has a very competitive level of alumni engagement compared to peer institutions; and it has recently embarked on the new, three year The Power of Penn Medicine campaign, with a goal of more than $1.5 billion. We look for applicants who demonstrate imagination, collegiality, and persistence while keeping a clear eye fixed on our fundraising and engagement goals.Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Senior Communications & Stewardship Writer develops some of the Office’s most important solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship communications projects. With the Assistant Directors of Communications & Stewardship and Director of Stewardship, this person acts as a leading figure in the creative team. The Senior Writer produces engaging copy that helps stakeholders achieve their aims and reflects the caliber of our institution. Especially vital for this position is the ability to integrate the very technical aspects of Penn Medicine’s clinical, research, and educational priorities with the very emotional realities about serious illness, care, and the future of medicine.Write high-level leadership communications, including letters and speeches/talking pointsWrite and identify visuals for articles, newsletters, feature publications, and social media contentWrite and design, based on templates, high-quality projects such as proposals, stewardship reports, handouts, and brochuresCollaborate with Health System design team to develop highly-customized projects, ranging from advertisements and posters to multi-million dollar proposals and case statementsCopy-edit and proofread work from fellow writers and colleaguesFamiliar with creative processes, techniques, and toolsConsistently displays a strong sense of ownership over the quality and timeliness of work, with sharp eye for detail both with copy and graphic design Manages a diverse array of individual projects and is proactive in balancing work load Anticipates, plans for, and creatively solves problemsExhibits optimism, energy, and composure, even in times of personal or professional discomfortBuilds partnerships with multiple stakeholdersConstantly aims to minimize institutional risk and maintain confidentialityCommunicates clearly, and in a timely manner, with stakeholders in the method that is most effective for that audience (e.g. phone versus e mail)Driven to meet and exceed the needs of the team: peers, supervisors, and gift officersIntellectually curious and eager to learnWriting samples are required for your application.


BA/BSBetween 3 to 5 years’ experience as a professional writer in fundraising, marketing, or related area* Prefer at least 2 years’ direct experience in higher education or health carePortfolio that demonstrates ability to write persuasively, especially while conveying scientific concepts to a lay audience

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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  • How did you hear about this employment opportunity?

  • Jobs@Penn

  • Contacted by a Penn Recruiter

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  • Referred by a friend or family member

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  • What is your highest level of education completed?

  • Less than high school education

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Vocational or Technical School

  • Associate's Degree or Two Year College

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree

  • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree

  • How many years of experience do you have related to this position?

  • 0 to 1 Year

  • 1 to 2 Years

  • 2 to 3 Years

  • 3 to 5 Years

  • 5 to 7 Years

  • 7 to 10 Years

  • Over 10 Years

  • Do you have three to five years of experience as a professional writer in fundraising, marketing, or related area?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Do you have at least two years of direct experience in higher education or health care?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Optional Documents