Senior Science Writer, Communications

Connecticut, United States
16 Oct 2018
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16 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Deputy Director, Communications, provide support for Yale’s fundraising efforts by researching, drafting, and preparing a variety of high-level print and digital publications including proposals, case statements, white papers, brochures, news articles, gift announcements, website content, emails, and other communications, with a particular focus on materials in support of the university’s fundraising priorities in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math). Edit and translate/rework source material provided by others into compelling campaign communications that make the case for support of identified science priorities at Yale. Collaborate with the director of development for science strategy, other fundraising leadership, the office of the vice provost for research, relevant faculty, and others to gain a thorough understanding of Yale’s vision for the sciences and play a key role in determining campaign messaging around science priorities. Successful candidate will have a strong knowledge of general science and the ability to convey complicated science concepts and experimental work to a lay audience.

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Essential Duties

  1. Drafts, formats, proofreads, and edits written materials.
  2. Conducts background research and interviews subject-matter experts as well as students, professors, donors and other individuals to provide content for publications.
  3. Proactively researches and suggests content to support and reinforce the University’s fundraising goals.
  4. Coordinates the production of publications and other communications.
  5. Manage writing projects.
  6. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and three years of experience writing and editing in a professional setting or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated exceptional written communications skills. Science writing samples required. The ability to write clearly and elegantly, concisely, quickly, and effectively is essential, as is the ability to adapt writing style to a variety of audiences and publications.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated organizational and research abilities, with strong attention to detail and accuracy.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to prioritize work, juggle multiple tasks, meet deadlines in a time-constrained environment, and work effectively with staff across the university, including high-level administrators and faculty.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Familiarity with and knowledge of fundraising and/or higher education, demonstrated ability writing materials in support of fundraising for the sciences. Familiarity with Yale. Five or more years of relevant science writing experience.

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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: