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Senior Writer

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Monday through Friday 8-5 Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Senior Writer
Department Senior Vice President for Advancement Office
Position Number 1010673
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Position Purpose

Manages critical alumni and donor communications activities for the President and Senior Vice President (SVP) by providing high-quality, compelling and customized writing and editorial expertise for a wide range of projects and strategies to ensure a “best-in-class” client service-response model. Advances Dartmouth’s alumni engagement and development efforts by assisting with key (on- and off-campus) cultivation and stewardship activities for the President, SVP and other senior officers of the institution. Assists with execution of broadly-defined Advancement initiatives.

Skills & Knowledge
  • Excellent written communication skills; good variety of writing samples.
  • Strong copy-editing and proof-reading skills.
  • Ability to identify and write in multiple voices.
  • Understanding of what might motivate people to action.
  • Strategic and creative thinker; proactive; able to anticipate.
  • Self-motivated; ability to set priorities and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Highly organized.
  • Ability to work with and command the respect and confidence of others; able to balance competing needs.
  • Works collaboratively and cooperatively.
  • Strong attention to detail and able to function independently with minimal oversight.
  • Demonstrated discretion and sound judgment.
  • Strong commitment to a diverse working environment and to serving the needs of a large and diverse community.
Minimum Experience
  • 5 or more years relevant experience in a complex environment with preference for college or university development office.
  • Demonstrated success in working in a large, complex environment where collaboration with multiple stakeholders is essential.
Minimum Education
  • Bachelor’s degree with preference for writing-intensive fields.
SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Lesa Knapp, Director of Advancement Business Operations
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Monday through Friday 8-5

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

WRITING/DONOR RELATIONS RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Drafts much of the President’s and SVP’s donor-related correspondence, acknowledgments, briefings, proposals and stewardship reports for Dartmouth’s Presidential pool of prospects/donors. Such correspondence is a vital part of cultivating and stewarding donors.
  • Serves as primary liaison from SVP Office to donor relations officers (DRO’s) across campus; works cooperatively with all DRO’s to share institutional priority content and to ensure that President and SVP have necessary materials for their Advancement work.
  • Ensures timely and strategic preparation of briefings and other materials for President, SVP and other senior officers involved in Advancement activities.
  • Serves as scribe for various on-campus meetings involving SVP or on matters related to SVP prospects; prepares agendas for various standing and ad hoc meetings with SVP and other senior officers.
  • Establishes and monitors standards for briefings, taking into account the needs and preferences of President, SVP and other senior officers; reviews standards with DRO’s across campus.
  • Develops content and format for SVP’s speeches and presentations as needed.
  • Develops rich network of on-campus colleagues to ensure thorough understanding and articulation of institutional priorities.
  • Recommends innovative engagement opportunities to advance donor interest in the institution and corresponding priorities, and actively proposes strategies for gift ideas, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for both President and SVP.

PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (PLC) RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists the Chief of Staff with oversight of the President’s Leadership Council with specific responsibility for developing and executing ongoing and frequent communications calendar with intent of providing PLC members with current information on the institution and its priorities.
  • Assists with content and program development for key volunteer leadership group, the President’s Leadership Council (PLC), which meets regularly with the President, SVP and other senior officers.
  • Researches and drafts responses to PLC members’ queries.
  • Assists Chief of Staff with content development and execution of 2-3 PLC meetings per year often including senior administrators, faculty, students and other high-level guests.
  • Serves as scribe at PLC meetings, and ensures that necessary follow-up communications are developed and sent.
-- Performs other duties as assigned.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Document #1

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