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Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.
Western Communications staff seek to enhance, promote and protect the reputation of the university.
Reporting to the Executive Director, Advancement Communications and Marketing, the Writer, Principal Gifts will play a strategic role in the success of Western’s ongoing growth of fundraising support by preparing proposals and cases for support for high-impact projects with clear links to broader societal issues. Cross-campus initiatives that engage multiple faculties are likely to draw the most interest and will be the focus of much of the work for this role.
The Writer, Principal Gifts will synthesize complex information from a variety of internal and external sources and create compelling and persuasive storytelling through an integrated mix of strategic donor communications that equip the team to achieve targets. The role will require the ability to masterfully weave Western’s mission into compelling donor-facing assets, all with an aim to building lifelong philanthropic relationships. In partnership with colleagues in University Advancement, the Writer, Principal Gifts will support fundraisers with expertly built-out narratives and marketing material to increase their capacity to successfully attract multi-million dollar transformational gifts. Translating funding priorities into compelling cases for support will also position Western well to attract future principal gifts across the university (centrally and in the Faculties). The role will also liaise between Western Communications, the Principal Gifts team, as well as a wide variety of project partners, to ensure alignment with University strategy and key messaging in all aspects of the work.
- Undergraduate Degree in marketing, communications, journalism or public relations or related program
- Master’s degree in the above fields is preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- 5 years' experience in development and fundraising communications, with responsibility for preparing impactful proposals and cases for six and seven-figure donations
- Experience managing development and fundraising projects that demonstrate effective writing, marketing and communications planning, and content creation
- Experience working in development and fundraising communications for a post-secondary institution, nonprofit, government organization or other large, multi-department organization is preferred
- Specific experience working in principal gifts fundraising is preferred
- Proven skills and abilities working in development and fundraising communications (i.e., strategy development, project management, writing, interviewing, etc.)
- Strong knowledge and understanding of what it means to effectively communicate to achieve success at the principal gifts level
- Strong interviewing skills to help formulate the ideas from senior leaders, deans, faculty, researchers and staff leaders, donors and alumni to create compelling narratives in support of principal gift priorities
- Ability to quickly adjust priorities in response to unexpected events or changing circumstances
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills with proven ability to present, write, edit and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner
- Ability to repackage content from existing written and digital materials aimed at educating and informing principal gift donors about transformational giving opportunities at Western
- Superior story telling and demonstrated ability to write inspirational and persuasive materials
- Ability to write in both marketing and journalistic styles, and to synthesize a wide range of complicated subject matter in compelling ways to help educate, inform and inspire target audiences
- Strong project management skills with an ability to prioritize work, successfully carry out and track multiple projects and meet deadlines in a time-constrained environment
- Ability to produce high quality work while determining own priorities and defining realistic objectives and timeframes
- High degree of curiosity, integrity, dependability and a strong work ethic
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build positive and strong relationships at all levels of the organization
- Strong knowledge of the dynamics of working in university advancement and university communications environments is an asset
Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at email@example.com or phone 519-661-2194.
Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.