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Senior Writer

Title:                         Senior Writer

Reports to:             Director, Donor Communications

Job Summary:          Responsible for effectively communicating Heritage’s work and conservative ideas to multiple donor audiences (i.e. individuals, corporations, foundations) in a way that builds relationships and inspires larger gifts to The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action for America. Writes thank you letters, comment mail, speeches, introductions, proposals, and reports to donors of funded projects. Works closely with the major gifts writing team to organize and share information relevant to donor communications, such as impacts of Heritage’s work, and other information/statistics.

Job Duties:

  • Write major gift proposals, project descriptions, reports, thank-you letters, etc. specifically tailored to individual donors and using a “donor-centric” approach.
  • Respond to donor correspondence in a highly personalized manner which accurately explains Heritage’s position on specific policy issues, while maintaining and building good relationships between Heritage and major donors.
  • Work closely with all departments at Heritage to learn about current projects and policy work, and grasp implications for donor base. Gather information and impacts from and share with others in the department.
  • Work with other development writers and the team editor to conceptualize and communicate effective donor messages which support distinct Heritage campaigns and efforts.
  • Work closely with regional managers to better understand the motivations of and how best to communicate with high-level donors and foundations.
  • Effectively communicate Heritage’s message in the “voice” of various Heritage trustees and executives – most frequently the organization’s president.


Education:             B.A. in Journalism, English, or related degree.  

Experience:           At least seven years of experience in development writing or journalism preferred.

Communication:    Strong writing and proofreading skills. Ability to communicate with individuals at all levels within and outside Heritage; ability to maintain communication within the department; ability to lead others; ability to prepare internal reports in easily understandable fashion.

Technology:          Proficient in Microsoft Word; knowledge of database system and Excel useful.

Other Requirements:

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, True North conservative principles, and the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Excellent grasp of English technicalities, including grammar and usage. Ability to vary and control nuances of tone, diction, rhythm, pace and other stylistic features to make a piece of writing suit its purpose.
  • Ability to proof and edit copy.
  • Familiarity with AP Style guidelines.
  • Ability to clearly and persuasively relate the aims of Heritage policies and programs to the philosophical concerns of donors.
  • Ability to boil down technical aspects of Heritage policies and programs into language for a general audience.
  • Ability to manage and complete multiple writing assignments simultaneously and often under tight deadlines.
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