University of Southern California (USC)
Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA - Downtown
Senior Advancement Writer
USC Health Sciences Advancement is seeking an experienced Senior
Advancement Donor Relations Writer to support the writing
needs of the Vice President for Health Sciences Advancement and the
Sr. Associate Vice President Campaign Initiatives for their
campaign, fundraising, advancement and stewardship efforts and
goals. Writing projects will include highly personalized
communications for donors and USC leadership, campaign white
papers; case statements for campaign priorities; proposals for
individual donors; foundations; and corporations; personalized
communications for donors and USC leadership, and other materials
as needed. This position reports to the Director, HSC Advancement
Administrative Operations, and is part of a highly collaborative
team charged with supporting the fundraising goals of the USC
academic medical enterprise. implementing the Keck Medicine
of USC’s communications strategies across print and digital media.
The Senior Advancement Donor Relations Writer will interface with
colleagues across USC Health Sciences Advancement, Keck Medicine of
USC faculty, clinicians, researchers, and staff, as well as USC’s
central communications team.
Essential job duties include, but are not limited
The Senior Advancement Donor Relations Writer will create
content that is compelling and persuasive, adopting appropriate
writing styles for an array of constituencies and goals that
support strategies set by the Vice President and Sr. Associate Vice
President to advance the fundraising goals of the USC Health
Sciences Campus. The Senior Advancement Writer must be able to
effectively adopt the “voice” of the leadership team, be an
efficient collaborator with excellent communication skills and the
desire to contribute to a positive, innovative culture within the
context of a fun, fast-paced environment. The Senior Advancement
Donor Relations Writer will share their own perspectives, learn
from the perspectives of others, and contribute to a culture of
diversity and inclusiveness.
• Develop content for communications that help the university
secure philanthropic gifts.
• Research and write engaging, accurate and persuasive copy that
speaks to targeted, key University constituencies, including
compelling and creative narratives that communicate the impact of
philanthropy at Keck Medicine of USC.
• Develop and write comprehensive, strategic pieces to
effectively promote Keck Medicine’s fundraising initiatives,
including those that are customized to individual constituents.
• In conjunction with the Vice President of Health Sciences
Advancement, the Sr. Associate Vice President for Campaign
Initiatives, and the Associate Vice President of Strategy and
Operations, conceptualize, research, write and edit gift proposals
for individual, principal, and transformational donors, as
well as case statements, concept papers, donor correspondence,
fundraising collateral, and stewardship communications.
• Cultivate sources and identify content to meet strategic
advancement communications needs.
• Interview and communicate with key University stakeholders,
including major donors and University leadership.
• Work closely with communications colleagues across the
university and health system to produce compelling, error-free
pieces that advance development strategies and align with USC brand
guidelines. and existing templates.
• Work closely with University Keck Advancement Communications
team on impact reporting for initiatives, milestones, and
individual donors and funds as needed.
• Contribute to a work environment that encourages knowledge of,
respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of
other cultures and backgrounds.
• Re-write edit and proofread documents from others as
• 10+ years of related experience. Relevant education or related
experience as substitute. Experience in a complex medical or
academic development setting is encouraged.
• Strong understanding of the issues, nuances and needs of an
academic medical enterprise.
• Experience writing for senior leadership including highly
customized emails, letters, speaking points, speeches, and
• Familiarity with philanthropy and major gift fundraising
• Excellent written and verbal skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Sound judgment and decision making
• A cooperative and team-oriented attitude
• Diplomacy: ability to cultivate and maintain relationships
• Effective facilitator in various settings
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and meet
Follows established USC and department policies, procedures,
objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety,
environmental, and infection control guidelines, including
adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan.
Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining
USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff
& their family with access to the renowned university medical
network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer
contributions after six (6) months of employment; tuition benefits
for staff & their family; free online professional development
classes; discounts to football, basketball & other campus
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined
experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 5 years, Combined
education/experience as substitute for minimum experience
Minimum Field of Expertise: Editing,
publication management, journalism, or related field
experience. Thorough knowledge of publications standards and
techniques, design, printing, graphics, desktop publishing, word
processing and photography. Ability to write and edit
effectively at an advanced level.
The University of Southern California values diversity and is
committed to equal opportunity in employment.