Writer, Campaign Communications

Dallas, Texas
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
Aug 26, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

Join SMU in the launch of an exciting fundraising campaign that will take the University to the next level in shaping world changers. 


The Campaign Communications Writer will help articulate SMU's campaign key messages and create content that inspires major and principal gift donors - including alumni, North Texans and supporters across the country to invest in SMU. 


This position reports to the Lead Writer for Campaign Communications, and is a member of the Creative Marketing team. This person will collaborate with the extended marketing team and with the fundraising team to support SMU brand messaging.


Essential Functions:

  • Writes content that inspires and strengthens engagement with current and prospective SMU major and principal gift donors. 

  • Collaborates with designers, photographers, videographers and other Marketing & Communications colleagues to produce highly visual and compelling digital and print development/campaign related materials such as proposals to donors; gift summaries, announcements and impact stories; video testimonials; gift and donor-related content for speeches and events; quarterly campaign newsletter; vibrant campaign website; social media; emails to donors; etc. 

  • Helps build a digital library of resources for the fundraising team that are easy to use and enables them to be self-sufficient in the fundraising of leadership and major gifts (examples: templated proposals for merit- and need-based scholarships, endowed positions, etc.)





Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree is required. 

A minimum of five years of work experience in creative and professional writing and editing is required, preferably in higher education or non-profit. 


Experience in the areas of development or advancement communications is preferred. Experience writing proposals and other content for major and principal gift donors is highly desirable. Experience engaging sophisticated donors in interviews to share their stories is a plus. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Must also be a good listener and have demonstrated experience collaborating with fundraisers, designers, videographers, social media, project managers and others in the creation of content.


Candidate must have proven ability to articulate complex ideas in writing and verbally. Strong writing skills with the ability to produce error-free communications and other materials are required. Strong knowledge of AP Style; usage, grammar and punctuation rules for proofreading; fact checking; and quality control are essential. 

Candidate must possess strong organizational, planning and time-management skills with the ability to proactively manage multiple concurrent projects to ensure high-quality standards and all deadlines are met. Must also demonstrate a strong attention to detail, the ability to be flexible and have a strong sense of urgency. 

Candidate must possess strong problem solving skills with the ability to be resourceful, proactive and seek assistance as needed. The ability to work both independently and in a team-focused, collaborative environment is essential. Must also be a team player with a can do attitude and have proven experience collaborating with many stakeholders. 

Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Suite, especially Word and Excel. The ability to edit content in InDesign, Illustrator or other design software is strongly preferred. 

Physical/Environmental Demands:

  •  Sit for long periods of time

Deadline to Apply:

October 7, 2019



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