Advancement is seeking a passionate writer to inform and inspire
Hokie alumni and donors. The advancement writer will be responsible
for crafting marketing copy for a variety of channels including
social media, emails, websites, and more.
This writer will have enthusiasm for creating engaging and
persuasive copy that drives alumni and donors to give. The
Advancement writer also isn’t afraid of distilling complex jargon
and multiple priorities into a clear, concise narrative that tells
the story of the importance of philanthropy.
This position is a fun, energetic, creative role where the ideal
candidate will work across Advancement teams and be able to work
quickly on tight deadlines. The writer will craft copy for annual
giving appeals, donor relations stewardship pieces, planned giving
marketing campaigns, and more.The writer must be able to
efficiently process and respond to feedback with limited turn
Reporting to the director of advancement communications, the ideal
candidate will have the ability to problem-solve (both individually
and as part of a project team), work independently with minimal
guidance, and be a motivated self-starter comfortable with a
fast-paced working environment.
Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, or a
related field or equivalent training and/or work experience.
Prior experience writing professionally with evidence of
progressive experience in the writing/communications field.
Excellent communication, writing, and editing skills with
demonstrated knowledge of short form writing, including copywriting
for a variety of mediums including but not limited to social media
channels, emails, websites, infographics, and more.
Knowledge of AP Style and experience editing fundraising,
marketing, and/or news copy.
Strong project management skills, including the ability to handle
multiple projects and deadlines.
Ability to work effectively and proactively both independently and
as part of a team.
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, including the
ability to work effectively with colleagues from all levels of an
Keen attention to detail.
Ability to work in a complex, research university setting and to
communicate complex ideas in a clear and compelling manner.
All applicants must submit a portfolio of their work and complete a
Higher education and/or fundraising writing experience
Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe Experience
Graphic design skills and experience with brand management.
Experience with customer relationship management and project
Commensurate with Experience
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal
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November 9, 2022