Job Title: Development Writer
Reports To: Assistant Director of Donor Relations
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (Part-Time or Full-Time)
Date: October 2018
National Brain Tumor Society is the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to the global brain tumor community. We are fiercely committed to our mission of finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for brain tumors. We’ve seen unprecedented progress and momentum to find better treatments. This is an exciting and deeply satisfying time to be part of our agenda for change and a strong, caring community. For over twenty-five years, dating back to the origins of our organization, we have been a strategic funder, advocate, and catalyst for advancing research, improving public policies, and helping all those diagnosed today and anyone who is diagnosed in the future. Some of the most important discoveries in brain tumor research have been attributable at least in part to NBTS, and over the past six years NBTS has achieved a number of victories on the public-policy front that in turn improved the landscape for research to advance. Going forward, NBTS aims to achieve even greater impact toward the goal of delivering medicines to patients who deserve far greater survival and quality of life than they are currently experiencing from time of diagnosis. Organizationally, we have a highly collaborative workplace and believe that teamwork and a great culture are essential to success.
Summary: The Development Writer will work closely with the Assistant Director of Donor Relations and other members of the Development team to create and edit a wide variety of communications materials in support of NBTS’s mission. S/he will work collaboratively to develop written materials with the goal of informing and appealing to current and potential donors.
The ideal candidate will have superior writing skills, administrative, organizational, and people skills, and the ability to balance multiple priorities. A background in or understanding of medical and scientific writing and/or grant writing is strongly preferred. The individual must have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and work under pressure to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.
Supervision Exercised: No supervisory duties required.
- Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all that may be found in positions of this class.)
- Provide support for NBTS’s fundraising efforts by researching, drafting, and preparing a variety of high-level written materials including grant proposals, gift announcements, and research updates.
- Collaborate with Assistant Director of Donor Relations to ensure consistent, timely and appropriate messaging for donor recognition.
- Contribute to the development of narrative and financial reports for individual, corporate, and foundation donors, in partnership with colleagues across NBTS.
- Edit and translate medical and scientific research updates provided by NBTS partners into clear and compelling communications for donor/supporter audiences.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required.
2-4 years Development writing experience required.
Required Skills, Knowledge, & Abilities:
- Strong writing, proofreading and editing skills, preferably in a non-profit or fundraising environment.
- Demonstrated understanding of medical and scientific writing, with an ability to translate research findings to a donor/supporter audience.
- Strong attention to detail, with a commitment to high quality work.
- Strong experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
- Proven ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and activities simultaneously.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information, diplomacy, tact, and professionalism in actions and appearance.
- Team player and quick learner who focuses on high productivity and results.
- Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality that thrives in a fast-paced fundraising environment.
Work Environment: (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
- Majority of work performed in an office environment
- Opportunity for flexible schedule and/or occasional remote work