Development Writer

Posting Details Position Title Development Writer Division Institutional Advancement Department/Office Marketing & Communications Position Summary

TheOffice of Marketing and Communicationat St. Catherine University invites applications for aDevelopment Writerposition. This is a full-time position which concludes December 2023. The Office of Marketing and Communications is housed in the Institutional Advancement (IA) division. Members of the Marketing and Communications team are storytellers who create engaging and dynamic communications that raise the profile and awareness of St. Catherine University. Members of this team serve as the voice of St. Kate’s, representing our diverse audiences, our commitment to social justice, and helping to achieve our organizational mission.

TheDevelopment Writeris a key member of the Marketing and Communications team and IA division, supporting the University’s ambitious fundraising goals, in the context of the comprehensive campaign – Lead and Influence, and playing a critical role in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all St. Kate’s supporters. This position develops engaging and thoughtful content for our alumni, donors, parents, foundations and other key constituents to keep them informed and engaged about the University and support philanthropic campaigns and outreach.


  • Work with Development and Alumni Relations team to identify needs and opportunities
  • Collaborate with other members of the Marketing and Communications team and subject matter experts from across campus to develop content, including campaign materials, solicitation materials (emails, social media, print pieces, etc), proposals, news stories, letters, fact sheets, newsletters, website copy, and other communications as needed. Key projects include:

    • Annual solicitations
    • Give to St. Kate’s Day
    • Give to Honor Her
    • Donor Tribute
    • Comprehensive campaign
    • Alumni and donor newsletter (At St. Catherine)
    • Donor proposals and prospectus pieces
  • Stay up to date on fundraising and higher education trends in order to align communications activities with current happenings.
  • Work collaboratively with Institutional Advancement team members to strategically integrate and align communications and marketing efforts.
  • Review and edit content from University partners and internal team
  • Collaborate with Project Manager and team leads to develop plans, implement strategies, and measure results
  • Other duties as assigned

    St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation’s largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for both women and men. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls over 4,000 students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

  • BA in English, Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or related liberal arts degree
  • 3 years of experience in marketing, communications, media relations, public relations or journalism
  • Superior, AP-style writing and editing skills as demonstrated through writing samples
  • Excellent verbal and written communications, team management, and client management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with internal and external partners
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize feedback from multiple stakeholders while maintaining creative resilience
  • Experience using Microsoft Office and Google Suites

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with relational databases, preferably RNL’s Engage, Quadangle, or ScaleFunder
  • Experience with development and fundraising preferred
  • Experience building and maintaining audience engagement via email

We seek creative, resilient, adaptable staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university’s commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service. EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at or 651-690-6565.

To Apply and Special/Other Requirements Summary

To apply:
Visit to apply. Three references and successful completion of a background check will be required for employment. For information, contact Kayla Forbes at Application deadline is December 2, 2020.

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Equal Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace / Tobacco Free Workplace

Our university is a proud member of the Upper MidwestHERCand is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual career couples. For more information and to find other higher education jobs in the Upper Midwest region, visit:

Posting Number 20200057-STAFF Posting Start Date 11/11/2020 Application Deadline 12/02/2020 Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *What is your highest level of completed education?
    • Some high school
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Some college
    • Associate's degree
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Some graduate school
    • Master's degree
    • ABD
    • Professional degree (e.g., JD, MD)
    • Doctoral degree
  2. *Do you have experience using Microsoft Office and Google Suite?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. *How many years of experience do you have in marketing, communications, media relations, public relations or journalism?
    • One year
    • Two years
    • Three years
    • Four or more years
  4. *Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are part of the St. Catherine University strategic plan. Give two specific examples of actions or contributions you made in your current or previous roles to promote a culture that values diversity, equity and inclusion. What were the outcomes?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. *Are you presently legally authorized to work in the United States for any U.S. employer? Please be aware that St. Catherine University is only able to consider candidates who are authorized to work in the United States.
    • Yes
    • No
  6. *St. Catherine University welcomes applications from candidates who are traditionally under-represented. We are happy to consider candidates who are currently in possession of a temporary work visa, however, please be aware that we do not offer employment visa sponsorship. Will you now or in the future require an employer to sponsor you for an employment-based visa/status in the U.S. (e.g. H-1B status)?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Maybe
  7. *Can you perform the essential functions of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. *How did you hear about this opportunity?
    • St. Catherine University website
    • St. Catherine University employee referral
    • Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities
    • Black Doctoral Network
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • College or University website
    • Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    • Facebook
    • Glassdoor
    • Google Jobs
    • HigherEdJobs
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Indeed
    • Latinos in Higher Ed
    • LinkedIn
    • Make It. MSP.
    • Minnesota College Professionals Association (MCPA)
    • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
    • Minnesota Planned Giving Council
    • Minnesota Private College Council
    • Workforce Center
    • Pioneer Press
    • Pollen Midwest
    • Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
    • SimplyHired
    • Star Tribune
    • Twitter
    • ZipRecruiter
    • Other
Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents