The Development Communications Writer is a strategic thinker with expertise in writing, editing and developing multifaceted marketing and communications campaigns that support the Salk Development and Communications Department. Duties include generating content for fundraising communications across all gift levels (annual, major, principal, transformative) and strategies (e.g., current-use vs. endowed; outright, planned and blended). In addition, the successful candidate will strategize and create fundraising content for alumni relations, events, gift announcements, the Institute website, and other internal and external-facing publications. The successful candidate will also assist with other various content needs, editing communications and providing strategic input as dictated by the needs of the External Relations Office.
The Development Communications Writer will engage in significant communications activities supporting the continued role of the Salk Institute as a leader in creating and disseminating scientific breakthroughs. The successful candidate will develop a broad range of collateral and communications material that spans the portfolio of the Instituteâ™s research priorities. The Development Communications Writer must exhibit a strong desire and ability to serve the needs of a fast-paced, high-volume Communications operation that incorporates the full range of print, multimedia and online communications tools to meet strategic goals. They must understand and implement best practices for fundraising communications and donor relations and be able to strategically adapt each piece to the unique needs of its audience(s).
The candidate must be a fundraising communications professional that is able to write and edit compelling, polished content for the Institute. They will be responsible for creating and maintaining positive working relationships with colleagues in Development, Communications, Graphic Design/MMR as well as with other Institutional staff and donors. In addition, they will contribute to External Relationsâ™ role in executive communications support, such as writing remarks and letters for leaderships tied to Development and/or Event-related activities.
Bachelors degree in Communications, Creative Writing, Journalism, English, or relevant field: or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Masterâ™s Degree or higher in life sciences, English, communications or related field.
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends, as required.
Regularly handles confidential information including proprietary scientific and commercial information.
Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
Must sign an employee confidentiality agreement.
Satisfactory completion of the Instituteâ™s background investigation.
Candidates are asked to submit a development writing sample.
Submit full documents, not links/URLs.
Develops, writes, and edits original material for proposals and related administrative publications in print and/or electronic media.In this role you will be constantly adjusting focus, grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting as well as analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning and writing.
Salk scientists are dedicated to innovative biological research. The Salk Institute consistently ranks among the leading research institutions in the world for its faculty's contributions and the impact of their findings. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. "We lead biological research. We prize discovery. Salk is where cures begin."Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the Salk Institute offers a warm, collegial and collaborative work environment, where employees enjoy a generous benefits program. Social activities on campus encourage interaction as a community.