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Advancement Writer and Content Specialist

Dartmouth College
New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
May 12, 2023

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Position Title

Advancement Writer and Content Specialist

Department this Position Reports to

Michael Sarra

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Not a Union Position

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Not an SEIU Position

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Employment Category

Regular Full Time

Scheduled Months per Year


Scheduled Hours per Week



M-F 8:00AM-5:00PM when in the Office with Hybrid arrangements to be discussed with Supervisor

Location of Position

Lebanon, NH
21 Lafayette Rd

Remote Work Eligibility?


Is this a term position?


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Position Purpose

The Advancement Writer & Content Specialist is a key member of the Strategic Engagement team, responsible for a developing content across a diversity of media, audiences, and platforms. The incumbent is an exceptional writer, a clear communicator, and a collaborative partner, developing high-quality editorial content from concept to execution. The position requires excellent editorial judgement and the ability to translate complex concepts to compelling content with the goal of inspiring audiences, strengthening engagement, and maximizing philanthropic support to Dartmouth Health and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The position works in partnership with colleagues across the Content and Creative team, the wider Advancement office, and with colleagues in the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth Health.


Required Qualifications - Education and Yrs Exp

Bachelors or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Qualifications - Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Skills & Knowledge
  • Outstanding content development, writing, and editorial skills.
  • Excellent interviewing and interpersonal skills.
  • General knowledge of and interest in health and/or science subjects, and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex concepts to a diversity of audiences.
  • Familiarity with fundraising communications strategies, messaging, and/or tactics is desirable.
  • Commitment to values and practices that advance an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Proven ability to participate in collaborative teams.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Creativity and initiative.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and good judgment.
  • Brings joy and humor to the workplace
· Minimum of two to four years of related professional experience.
· Experience working in a large and complex institution desirable.
· Experience working on multiple, concurrent, high-priority writing projects.

· Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a communications-related field.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment preferred
Department Contact for Recruitment Inquiries

Michael Sarra

Department Contact Phone Number

1 603 646 5873

Department Contact for Cover Letter and Title

Michael Sarra

Department Contact's Phone Number

1 603 646 5873

Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Background Check

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Dartmouth vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?

Preferred, but not required

Special Instructions to Applicants

Dartmouth College has a Tobacco-Free Policy. Smoking and the use of tobacco-based products (including smokeless tobacco) are prohibited in all facilities, grounds, vehicles or other areas owned, operated or occupied by Dartmouth College with no exceptions. For details, please see our policy.

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Key Accountabilities


Content Development
· Develops content across multiple communications channels, campaigns, and initiatives, including for web, email, social, print, and digital; ensures editorial content reflects institutional engagement and fundraising priorities and supports the engagement, cultivation, and stewardship of key audiences.
· Researches, writes, and edits content for a variety of Dartmouth Health/Geisel print and digital communications, with a strong focus on powerful storytelling that advances patient care, research, medical education, and community health.
· Gathers information for stories through interviews with subjects and sources, including donors, alumni, students, patients, faculty, and others.
· Effectively translates medical and scientific concepts for a diversity of audiences.
· Assists in the researching and writing of proposals and fundraising marketing material.
· Drafts content for large and small-scale events.
· Monitors leadership messaging, institutional news and stories, and stays abreast of institutional initiatives.
· Writes in accordance with institutional messaging, tone, and style.
· Edits and proofs the work of others as needed.

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Planning and Collaboration
· Manages key communications projects, collateral, and initiatives.
· Works proactively with colleagues to identify potential philanthropy stories; develops sources of information by establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with key faculty members and staff across Geisel and Dartmouth Health, as appropriate.
· Works with external contractors, vendors, and freelance resources.
· Collaborates with communications colleagues across Geisel and Dartmouth Health to share information, place stories in institutional communications channels, and raise the visibility of philanthropy to internal and external audiences.
· Proactively identifies communications needs and opportunities to further Geisel and Dartmouth Health advancement goals.
· Collaborates with colleagues on the team in shaping effective and compelling communications, bringing a creative, critical, and strategic approach to planning sessions.
· Manages multiple concurrent projects to meet deadlines

Percentage Of Time




Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.


Performs other duties as assigned.
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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Portfolio
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