Writer, Donor Development Services

10022, New York City
Apr 11, 2019
Entry Level
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

About the Organization:

UJA-Federation of New York is the largest local philanthropy in the world. For more than 100 years, we’ve brought New Yorkers together to solve some of the most pressing problems facing our community. Thanks to our network of hundreds of non-profits, we can leverage our expertise across any number of areas — including health and human services, arts and culture, and education — to care for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, respond to crises close to home and far away, and shape our Jewish future. Our reach extends from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year.

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for preparing letters on behalf of the CEO, drafting acknowledgements for our most generous donors, customizing proposals and reports for capital projects and special initiatives, and various project descriptions.  The writer will develop other written communications to facilitate all phases of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-capacity donors and foundations.

Donor Development Services (DDS) and Capital Gifts & Special Initiatives (CGSI) are integral parts of UJA-Federation of New York’s fundraising efforts, specifically focused on high-end donor engagement, customized relationship-building, and impactful philanthropy. We’re looking for a highly motivated person with a can-do, proactive attitude.  

Major Responsibilities:

  • Write accurate, customized acknowledgement letters. This will involve consultation with fundraising and programmatic staff to ensure accuracy of content
  • Learn and implement organizational practices around letter preparation, review, and comprehensive review of database and donor files
  • Prepare reports for donors, as part of gift stewardship
  • Prepare compelling, detailed proposals tailored to donors’ interests and capacity
  • Prepare general project descriptions and “sampler menus”
  • Collaborate with UJA-Federation planning professionals and network agency staff to gather information about capital projects and special initiatives
  • Create paid death notices for major donors
  • Draft letters or boilerplate paragraphs to fit new situations
  • Learn about other departmental functions and willingness to assist as needed  
  • Work three days a week for DDS and two days a week for CGSI

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Well organized and detail oriented
  • Flexibility to work with a wide variety of people representing different parts of the organization
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office Suite and ability to learn a complex database system
  • Enthusiastic with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to deal with organizational professionals
  • Ability to organize and write both formal proposals and informal communications
  • Ability to review and analyze a program budget
  • Ability to work well under pressure, and flexibility to shift gears and juggle assignments as needed
  • Ability to work for multiple supervisors
  • Familiarity with the non-profit field and organizational life
  • Familiarity with Jewish life and Israel is a plus
  • Bachelor’s Degree required and at least one year of related experience preferred
  • Curiosity and sense of humor a plus

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