Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):
Bachelor's degree (foreign equivalent or higher). Three (3) years of full-time professional experience in proposal or grant writing. Experience in proposal research and development. Demonstrated experience as a versatile and persuasive writer with excellent research, grammar, spelling and proofreading skills. Experience coaching and/or editing writers of varying skill levels and providing constructive feedback. Proficiency with computer software (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).
Additional years (4+) of related experience in proposal or grant writing. Experience in higher education and/or healthcare. Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising practices in education and health care. Experience in the environment of private fundraising at a major institution. Knowledge of the principles and practices of writing major gift proposals for fundraising purposes. Experience in crisis communications. Experience in Google docs, AP Style Guide, Raiser's Edge (or similar CRM program).
Brief Description of Duties:
The Sr. Development Writer will assist in achieving the goals of the Office of University Advancement related to building strong private philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations for Stony Brook University. The incumbent will successfully support fundraisers through the editing process toward a final proposal document that is coherent and cohesive in its presentation, free of distracting inconsistencies and completely responsive to the stated review criteria and/or donor's interests. The incumbent will report to the Sr. Director of Advancement Communications, but work closely with the VP of Advancement and the AVP for Advancement Strategy to write and manage production of fundraising proposal templates and help development team craft customized content for their proposals. Periodic writing and editing of fundraising talking points, media statements, speeches, presentations and donor reports.
The Sr. Development Writer can pivot effectively between different projects, voices and channels without losing track of accuracy and be comfortable filling a blank page as well as editing someone else's draft.
They will understand the key strategic priorities of Advancement at Stony Brook University and will have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, exercising strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem-solving. A successful candidate will have the ability to work in a deadline-driven environment and possess advanced computer skills. Also, it would be helpful to have a familiarity with academic, scientific and/or technical subjects and a demonstrated ability to translate these into persuasive proposals and cases for support.
They will need the ability to organize ideas and synthesize information quickly to learn about the area in which they are editing. They have an excellent command of language, solid proofreading skills and the ability to condense logical thought.Good research skills to ensure that dates, historical references and attribution of quotes, etc. are correct. It requires the skills to exercise diplomacy in influencing others to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
Edit proposals and other related donor solicitation materials and communications:
Lead development of templates for proposals, including consultation with frontline fundraisers, communications and design staff, and advancement leadership
Make recommendations for consistency in content, organization and format, language and writing style.
Ensure cohesiveness and critical thinking, for example; what are the unifying themes, is this proposal clear and consistent and avoid duplication of effort with other projects funded by the same individual/corporation/foundation.
Research and compile information/data required for proposals.
Ensure that all relevant content is included in sufficient depth.
Ensure conciseness and clarity, key tenets of scientific prose.
Recommend practical solutions for making narratives more cohesive and compelling.
Edit and improve proposals for overall strength of the case for funding.
Meet proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review and approval.
Write and edit remarks, talking points (including media and crisis communications statements) and high profile correspondence for both Advancement and University leadership
Assist in writing and editing Advancement materials, including: donor impact reports, Foundation materials including Foundation meeting presentations and talking points, the Foundation Annual Report to Donors, stewardship related communications, and other related Advancement/Development writing as assigned.
Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.
This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption. May require evening or weekend work as needed.
Final candidates will need to provide three (3) writing samples of printed and/or publishing writing and complete a brief writing assignment.
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About Stony Brook:
Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. SBU is a comprehensive research-intensive university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which includes 34 public universities among its 62 members. SBU consists of 12 schools and colleges and a teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art healthcare in the Long Island region. SBU also manages and performs joint research with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast, and shares doctoral programs with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-renowned molecular biology institute. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Jackson Pollock House in East Hampton, New York, the Humanities Institute, and the Southampton Arts Program, and with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, SBU sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
Stony Brook University/Research is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage all to apply including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.
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Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Advancement-Stony Brook University
Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Shift Shift Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pass Days: Sat, Sun
Posting Start Date: Sep 16, 2019
Posting End Date: Oct 17, 2019, 3:59:00 AM
Salary: Commensurate with experience within the range of $68,000 - $90,000.
Salary Grade: SL3
Appointment Type: Term
Internal Number: 1902782
About Stony Brook University
FROM ITS BEGINNINGS A HALF-CENTURY AGO, STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN CHARACTERIZED by innovation, energy and progress, transforming the lives of people who earn degrees, work and make groundbreaking discoveries here. A dramatic trajectory of growth has turned what was once a small teacher preparation college into an internationally recognized research institution that is changing the world.