Junior Writer, Donor Communications
Title: Junior Writer
Reports to: Director, Donor Communications
Job Summary: The Junior Writer is 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. The Junior Writer will write thank you letters, comment mail, proposals, and reports to donors of funded projects.
- Write 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 that 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.
- Work with other development writers to conceptualize and communicate effective donor messages which support distinct Heritage campaigns and efforts.
- 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 one year of experience in development writing or journalism preferred.
Communication: Strong writing and proofreading skills. Ability to communicate with individuals within and outside Heritage.
Technology: Proficient in Microsoft Word; knowledge of database system and Excel useful.
- Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, 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.