Corporate Relations Writer
Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Corporate
at its Detroit campus location.
Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located
in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all
backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our
deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity,
diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational
opportunities which prepare students for success in a global
Essential functions (job duties):
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. This position
reports to the Senior Director, Corporate Relations.
(Essential functions are the primary duties/major job
responsibilities that an employee must be able to perform, with or
without reasonable accommodation. The essential functions are
listed in order of importance.)
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 corporate giving officers, the development
communications team and other development professionals to ensure
efficient production of materials.
Write case statements and general fundraising one-sheets and other
materials regarding projects and programs with corporate partners
to enable the division to reach its fundraising goals and
engagement initiatives. Support corporate gift officers with
written proposals, impact reports and other donor-centric
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
Prepare communication materials such as correspondence, letters of
inquiry and concept papers for corporate donors and partners to
keep them informed, updated and engaged in Wayne State's mission,
programs and projects of interest.
Assist in the planning and creation of communications materials for
meetings and events with corporate partners and Wayne
State-corporate alumni groups. These will include campus tours,
meetings and social gatherings, as well as travel to external
corporate offices for meetings and presentations.
Other duties as assigned.
Job Reports to: Senior Director
Customer Accountability: Interfaces with customers outside the
Freedom to Act: Operates with significant autonomy
Graduation from an accredited college of university with a
bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related
Knowledge and understanding of university policies and
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
• 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
• Direct experience preparing proposals and participating in
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
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
ANALYTICAL AND PRESENTATION SKILLS:
Must possess a
demonstrated attention to detail in order to achieve a high degree
Proficient with Microsoft Office suite,
especially Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Teams. Some experience in
Adobe Creative Suite and/or CMS is helpful.
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.
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
H86 - Development & Alumni Affairs
H8605 Development Office
- Regular Employee
- Job type: Full Time
- Job category: Staff/Administrative
- Compensation type: Annual Salary
- Salary minimum: $55,000
- Salary hire maximum: $58,000
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.
Background check requirements:
- Number of openings: 1
- Reposted position: No
- Reposted reason: None (New Requisition)
University policy requires certain persons who are offered
employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal
history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment,
the university will inform you if a background check is
Equal employment opportunity statement:
Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities
(EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or
genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people
of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an
affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.