Junior Writer, Donor Communications

Washington, DC
Full Time
Donor Communications
Entry Level

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.

Job Duties:

  • 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.


Other Requirements:          

  • 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.

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