Development Communications Associate (Proposal Speech Writer)

New York City, New York (US)
May 03, 2019
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

In the advance phase of a $1.5 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, Weill Cornell Medicine is seeking applications for the position of Development Communication Associate (Proposal Writer). This role will write, edit and manage a high volume of development-related proposals, articles, publications, speaking remarks, materials for fundraising campaigns and other items for the Office of External Affairs.

Job Responsibilities

  • Writes and edits high-quality development content and additional materials for donors, prospective donors, senior leadership, administrators, faculty, students, alumni and other patrons of Weill Cornell Medicine.
  • Composes appropriate and effective copy for development-related donor proposals, reports, leadership remarks, solicitation materials and acknowledgement letters in support of campaign fundraising.
  • Actively manages all parts of the content creation process with close attention to detail and deadlines, including research, editing, story ideation, layout and printing.
  • Interfaces directly with Weill Cornell Medicine’s major donors, physician-scientists, senior leadership, faculty, staff and students to craft quotes, remarks and articles for publications.
  • Oversees the production schedule for a range of editorial materials and projects. Manages publication schedule, layout, text editing and design process and secures all necessary approvals to meet strict deadlines.
  • Manages photographers and graphic designers to create engaging and polished layout and design of development editorial and advertorial pieces for proposals and publications. Hires, schedules and supervises photographers for editorial projects.
  • Conducts fact checking, proofs and implements departmental style guide for a variety of departmental materials, including articles, event invitations and programs.
  • Ensures consistency of Weill Cornell Medicine’s strategic campaign messages of excellence in research, student education and medical care.


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master’s Degree preferred


  • Approximately 3 to 5 years minimum of related work experience in communications, preferably within a fundraising environment for a health-related non-profit, or with a public relations firm working closely with health-related clients.
  • Prior experience writing speeches and remarks.
  • Specific experience writing principal gift donor proposals.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong writing and oral communications skills, including editing and interviewing skills, the proven ability to interpret medical and technical language for a general audience and facility with persuasive writing and vivid storytelling.
  • Excellent computer skills (PC and Mac), including competent facility with Microsoft Office.
  • Must be able to work collegially in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Talent for adjusting voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose, with ability to convey both simple and complex thoughts in a clear, concise and compelling manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of constituents including senior fundraisers and officers, volunteers, donors, physicians, scientists, and vendors.

Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. Our doctors and scientists-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization-are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients - the center of everything we do. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Weill Cornell Medicine provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

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