Science Writer

Connecticut, United States
30 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Operations and Stewardship Manager within the Office of Development’s Corporate & Foundation Relations and Science and Engineering team, the Assistant Science Writer will provide comprehensive writing and writing assistance for all stages of prospect management and proposal development. The primary responsibilities of the position include: assisting frontline fundraisers with all aspects of writing, editing, research and project management, with a special focus on topical areas in the life and physical sciences. Materials the writer will edit and/or draft include cultivation and stewardship correspondence for frontline fundraisers, faculty and university administrators, technical scientific proposals, high-level concept/white papers, faculty bios and profiles, and other documents as assigned. Additional responsibilities include: working with Yale administration and faculty as needed, and in conjunction with frontline fundraisers, to secure relevant information for written materials and assist in setting strategy to position and steward cases; conducting pertinent research as needed on past giving, current funding priorities and other aspects of institutional relationships with donors to produce final documents (letters, proposals, etc.).

Essential Duties

  1. Prepares a wide variety of written materials including grant and gift proposals, briefings, cultivation and stewardship correspondence, and research summaries with significant scientific content for both internal and external Development constituents.
  2. Researches and compiles lists of prospects in the sciences and related fields for a variety of purposes, ensuring that all prospect information is accurate and up-to-date.
  3. Designs, develops, and produces ad hoc reports and analyses of science prospects by report generation and manipulation of information systems, including the University’s primary constituent database.
  4. Develops strategy and methodology for identifying leading prospects with interests in the sciences and related fields.
  5. Conducts research on individuals using office data and internet search engines, often partnering with Office of Development research associates.
  6. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in the sciences, engineering, or a related field and two years of experience in scientific research and/or in project management involving professional scientific writing or equivalent combination of education and related experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated, superior written communications skills including the ability to write effectively and in a timely manner. Ability to write and convey content with proficiency. Strong editing and research skills.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated organizational abilities with strong attention to detail.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Advanced knowledge of MS Word, Excel and the ability to conduct data analysis. Knowledge of PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to prioritize work, multi-task and meet deadlines in a team-centered, time-constrained environment.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Professionalism, maturity and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Advanced degree. Experience in a university setting or with development work. Familiarity with Yale. Familiarity with Blackbaud database systems and/or other database software and reporting.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


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Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

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:


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