Strategic Advancement Writer

Wayne State University
Michigan, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 24, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Information

Posting Details

Posting Number

Position Title
Strategic Advancement Writer

Number of Vacancies

86 - Development & Alumni Affairs

Primary Department
H8605-Development Office

Working Conditions
Working Conditions:

Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:WSU Covid-19 Website

Office environment.

Adhere to confidentiality and data usage policy for the division.
This position requires a high level of commitment and enthusiasm. It will require periodic extended hours to support division objectives and time-sensitive projects.

Essential Functions (Job Duties)
Job Purpose

Lead efforts to create fundraising and communication materials during the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship processes for corporations and corporate foundations. Provide creative support to partnership plans developed by corporate giving officers and leadership. Support fundraising activities and strengthen communications within the division to promote the mission, priorities and values of Wayne State University. Assist with strategic communications for the Division of Development. This position reports to the Associate Director, Development Communications.

Essential Functions

Create well-written and visually compelling proposals, presentations, videos, impact reports and other donor-centric materials that focus on fundraising and stewardship objectives. Collaborate with major and corporate giving officers and other development professionals to ensure efficient production of materials.

Write case statements and general fundraising one-sheets and other materials regarding scholarships, endowed professorships, projects and programs, etc. Support major and corporate gift officers with written proposals, impact reports and other donor-centric materials.

Research corporate cultures and priorities, and incorporate in the creation of materials to inform design, photo selection and language. Conduct interviews and research with faculty, students, alumni and donors to gather relevant information.

Act as liaison with corporate communications contacts, Corporate Relations team and WSU's central marketing department to ensure accurate and timely distribution of recognition materials; including media releases, signage, social media posts and promotional videos. Assist in the planning and creation of communication materials for meetings and events with corporations and Wayne State-corporate alumni groups.

Prepare additional communication materials such as correspondence, letters of inquiry, concept papers for corporate donors to keep them informed, updated and engaged in Wayne State's mission, programs and projects of interest.

Collaborate on communication materials with division teams including Planned Giving, Annual Giving, Alumni Relations and Donor Relations.

Other duties as assigned.


Job Reports to:
Associate Director

Customer Accountability:
Interfaces with customers outside the S/C/D

Freedom to Act:
Operates with significant autonomy

Unique Duties


Bachelor's degree

Graduation from an accredited college of university with a bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or related field.

Knowledge and understanding of university policies and procedures.

Specialist (minimum 5 years of job-related experience)

Additional experience information:
? At least three years professional writing experience within advancement or fundraising communications for a college, university or nonprofit preferred.
? Strong PowerPoint and presentation skills
? Experience with other elements of communication such as graphic design, video production and editing, social media, etc. is highly preferred.
? Strong research, interviewing, writing and editing skills with demonstrated proofreading skills.
? Strong knowledge and understanding of fundraising and stewardship processes and communications.
? Experience in a higher education fundraising environment preferred.
? Direct experience preparing proposals and participating in cultivation/solicitation preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and professionally both orally and in writing. Strong interpersonal skills are critical. Ability to work successfully with persons from diverse backgrounds. Ability to evaluate and interpret information regarding programs and gift handling.

WRITING AND EDITING SKILLS: Outstanding writing and editing skills with limited turnaround times. Strong vocabulary; editing and proofreading experience. Knowledge of AP Style preferred.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION: Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize and plan work activities while meeting deadlines. Strong organizational and time-management skills required. Demonstrated ability to manage and execute multiple writing assignments. Maturity, sound judgment and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a deadline-oriented environment.

ANALYTICAL AND PRESENTATION SKILLS: Must possess a demonstrated attention to detail in order to achieve a high degree of accuracy.

TECHNICAL SKILLS: Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Teams. Some experience in Adobe Creative Suite and/or CMS is helpful.

LEARNING AGILITY: Adaptable self-starter who learns quickly and can effectively prioritize projects by deadline and contribution to division goals. Experience researching topics to gain knowledge and understanding when information gaps exist.

TEAMWORK: Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues within the division and other units to gain full understanding of the project and desired outcome; ability to produce high quality and consistent results with assistance of team members; provide support to teammates when tackling complex projects.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION: Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors and proactively managing implicit bias.

Preferred Qualifications

Testing Requirements
Not Applicable

Test Scheduling

Job Type

Job Category
Professional/Administration & Supervisory/Management

Duration of Posting

Fiscal Year of Job Open Date

Job Open Date
(When job is posted in the system)

Job Close Date
(or until suitable candidate is found)
Until Suitable Candidate is Found

Is this position reposted?

Reposting Reason:

Application Information

Background Check Requirements
University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting to work. If you are offered employment, the University will inform you if a background check is required.

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Funding/Salary Information

Salary (Minimum)
(Non-Academic Only)

Salary (Hire Max)
(Non-Academic Only)

Salary (Maximum)
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Hourly Rate
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Salary Range
(Academic Only)

Is Position Bump Ineligible?
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**NOTE: If 'Yes' is selected, then this is a Bump Ineligible Position (BIP). The person who bids or hires into this 100% grant funded position has no bumping rights upon grant expiration or in a reduction of force.

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