Communications and Stewardship Writer, Development Arts

California, United States
17 Oct 2018
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17 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

Reporting to the Senior Director of Development for the Arts in the Office of Development (OOD), the Stewardship and Communications Writer for the Arts is expected to manage and independently design and implement the stewardship program for Arts development. S/he will be responsible for the development of written collateral such as articles, white papers, case statements, proposals, annual giving reports and donor reports.

Responsibilities will also include preparing tailored reports for Stanford’s arts programs like Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall, the Stanford Arts Institute, the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection, as well as the Departments of Art & Art History, Creative Writing, Music, and Theater and Performance Studies. S/he will work closely with the School of Humanities and Sciences stewardship team and participate in their regular meetings concerning stewardship.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Participate in refining the stewardship strategy for the Arts in adherence to the university's stewardship standards.
  • Develop and implement programs that provide comprehensive reporting to donors.
  • Responsible for the allocation of resources for stewardship reporting, the gift acknowledgment process, and stewardship requests. Proactively monitor and manage the stewardship needs of donors. Build a complete understanding of each donor's involvement and giving activity.
  • Coordinate with staff and development officers to develop and produce key stewardship deliverables, including written (hard copy, email or online content), video, or events.
  • Maintain open channels of communications with stewardship colleagues across the university.
  • Write and produce funding proposals for individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations; capital campaign-related promotional materials.
  • Develop and produce outreach materials, presentation, collateral, and documentation for use in solicitation, cultivation, outreach, and stewardship activities.
  • Draft letters, reports and other correspondence to donors.
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with and fluency in communicating about the Vice President for the Arts, the Office of Development and University goals and priorities.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Strong client service orientation and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and professionalism to interact with a wide range of people at different levels of an organization.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to edit high-level correspondence.
  • Demonstrated experience leading project teams.
  • Proven ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple priorities, with competing deadlines.
  • Must be able to conduct research and ability to interpret information available in a database.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Tact, discretion, and experience handling confidential information.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and database applications.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision-making and in handling confidential and sensitive material.

Why Stanford for you:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide excellent retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, swim in our Olympic-sized pool, or choose from hundreds of health and fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide highly competitive health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commute programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!