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Donor Relations Writer

Bethlehem, PA

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Donor Relations Writer
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In preparation for the University's campaign launch, we are strategically positioning resources to steward donors and provide them with compelling and creative narratives and digital content that reflect the impact of their philanthropy and foster trust and continued support of **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.. The Donor Relations Writer reports to the Director of Donor Relations in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. The Donor Relations Writer is responsible for researching and developing narratives that communicate the impact of a donor's philanthropy including gift acknowledgement letters, stewardship reports and other written and digital materials. The ideal candidate will be a key collaborator who will work across the organization building and managing relationships and systems that facilitate content collection. The Donor Relations Writer should be inquisitive and articulate with strong storytelling experience, and can translate general information about the use of donor gifts into persuasive content.

* Write, edit and manage the creation of compelling collateral to steward donors of all giving levels

* Research and develop compelling and creative narratives that communicate the impact of a donors philanthropy for stewardship reports, recognition and other written and digital materials

* Develop and implement strategies utilizing the platform most appropriate for the audience

* Ensure timely and appropriate impact reporting for initiatives, milestones and individual donors and funds as needed

* Work with other donor relations team members to develop opportunities to repackage content in other written and digital materials

* Conduct research and benchmarking to incorporate best practices and innovations in stewardship to offer new and creative materials for donors

* Develop, implement and regularly evaluate processes for effective collection from University collaborators, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and fundraisers

* Develop, implement and regularly evaluate a process for gathering information in a timely and efficient manner

* Liaise with faculty, staff, and students to address questions and ensure accuracy of content

* Remain current with and understand how to implement the latest technology trends in order to employ the best strategies and tools to meet stewardship objectives

* Write acknowledgment letters from the Vice President, President and Chair of the Board of Trustees for gifts to the University

* Collaborate with other Donor Relations Writers to create template letters and suggested options for personalization

* Write individual letters and work in conjunction with gift officers to obtain input and approval on acknowledgements for their assigned prospects

* Ensure that acknowledgements are coordinated with correspondence from other areas and mailed within a best practice timeframe

* Edit and proof final donor relations materials, ensuring that the best editorial standards are met

* Address questions or concerns with authors

* Edit and proof copy to ensure that it is in line with University style guide and branding

* Utilize strong interpersonal skills to manage collaborator and client expectations

* Develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external designers, photographers, printers and vendors for various stewardship projects

* Stay abreast of best practices in donor relations communications

* Contribute to a culture of high performance, excellence and quality

* Occasional travel is required primarily for training or event support

* Occasional evening, holiday or weekend hours

* Finalists will be required to complete a writing assignment

* Bachelor's Degree in English, Journalism, Marketing, Communications or a related field; Master's degree preferred

* Three to five years related work experience

* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

* Solid writing ability and organizational skills

* Solid analytical, decision making and problem solving skills

* Solid computer skills with experience using word processing and spreadsheet software; design experience is desirable

* Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, county and national criminal background checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance. Based upon the requirements of the position Lehigh may also request credit history reports, motor vehicle checks and professional license/certification verification


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