Development Writer

Maryland, United States
43,101 - 59,000
23 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Classified Title: Writer 
Working Title: Development Writer 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB 
Starting Salary Range ($ Min-Mid; commensurate with experience): 43,101 - 59,000 
Employee Group (Full-time/Part-time/Limited/Casual): Full-time 
Employee Subgroup (FLSA Status): Exempt 
Schedule (hours/days): 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Monday – Friday 
Department name: DAR 
Personnel area (School): BSPH 
Location: East Baltimore Campus, Bloomberg School of Public Health


  • The Office of External Affairs encompasses three teams: 1) Communications and Marketing; 2) Development and Constituent Relations and 3) Finance and Administration.
  • The Development & Constituent Relations Team is responsible for raising philanthropic resources and building connections with alumni and unaffiliated individuals, foundations and corporations to support the School’s education, research and public health practice. The Development group includes individual-giving, institutional-relations, stewardship and communications professionals, and it collaborates significantly with the university’s centrally-based colleagues. The Constituent Relations group uses a robust communications program to promote a diverse set of events and engagement opportunities that seek to promote public-health advocacy and annual fund support.
  • The School successfully completed a University- wide fundraising campaign, Rising to the Challenge. To date, the School has exceeded its campaign goal of $700M by raising in excess of $1.2B.  Included in this total is a $300M gift from the Bloomberg Philanthropies to establish the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, the creation of 25 endowed professorships and will provide 50 full-tuition scholarships annually. Alumni giving is at all-time high and the number of unaffiliated donors has grown steadily.  With a new Dean in place and a newly launched strategic plan, the School is well positioned for continued fundraising success. As the leading school of public health in the country and the oldest independent, degree-granting school of public health in the world, the Office of External Affairs offers unparalleled opportunities for innovative and creative work at the highest levels of excellence.


The Development Writer will report to the Associate Director of Development Communications and serves as a brand champion, editor, and principal writer for a wide range of communication projects that support the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s content strategy and development goals.  This position ensures the language, style, formatting, and brand remains consistent.  Due to the nature of the work and in keeping with the culture of the office, this is a highly collaborative position that requires developing strong relationships with the School’s central communications and marketing team, the University’s Development Communications team and a network of communication colleagues in the School’s departments and centers.  It also plays a key role in applying donor-centric messaging to donor communications and donor engagement materials.


  • Serve as primary writer for the development communications team.
  • In coordination with the constituent relations team, create and produce the monthly alumni e-newsletter and annual department newsletters.  Explore the need to create additional e-newsletters to engage nonaffiliated donors and prospects.
  • In consultation with other communication colleagues, create a “development storytelling” approach, then develop a training program for gift officers, school leadership and lead volunteers.
  • Assist the Associate Director of Development Communications and other development communications team members in developing strategies for new messaging to communicate funding priorities and initiatives for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate interviews with alumni, students, donors and others affiliates.
  • Collaborate with development and OEA communications staff to write and edit various materials with donor-centric copy for both internal and external audiences.
  • Contribute to the donor acknowledgement process by proofing and editing all correspondence templates (solicitation letters, briefings, condolence letters, congratulations letters, etc.)
  • Create support materials for gift officers that include talking points, strategic initiative summaries, as well as update cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship materials.
  • Write compelling messages/language that supports the Dean’s strategic vision and goals, which will inspire donors, motivate staff, and promote public health initiatives and achievements.
  • Create original content for the School’s online giving website.
  • Will be responsible for other writing projects such as correspondence, reports, web content, talking points, development related articles for the Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health magazine, as well as other collateral and collaborative projects across the institution.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education/Experience:  Bachelor’s degree with English, journalism, creative writing, or arts major preferred. Two years of professional experience in business or technical writing, journalism, communications, media relations, or a related field.

Preferred qualifications:  Three years of professional experience in a related field.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:  Expert use of standard concepts, practices, and procedures related to use of English grammar, punctuation, and syntax, best practices for letter writing and proposal development, diligent research practices is required. Ability to learn subject-specific terminology for use in developing written materials and knowledge of when and how to use various channels of communication.  Ideal candidate will have the ability to thrive in an intellectually challenging, fast-paced, collegial environment. Political savvy, integrity, discretion and pragmatic consensus building skills required; mature judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information required. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills and a highly professional image with the ability to interact with faculty, staff, donors and volunteers at all levels required. This position requires someone with a strong commitment to and passion for the mission of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Must possess effective communications skills, be highly organized.  This individual must be able to manage several projects simultaneously, understand the need to re-evaluate priorities on a regular basis, and flourish in a fast-paced atmosphere.  A team mentality with a willingness to collaborate is necessary.

**All applicants are asked to submit a writing sample with their application. In addition to the cover letter, all applicants are asked to submit a writing sample with their application. 

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications: Proficiency in using Microsoft Office programs is required. Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat, and Photoshop is preferred.