Reporting to the Associate Director, Communications, the Marketing Writer works within the Development and Alumni Relations Communications department to provide strong writing, editing, marketing and creative concepting in support of the Rice Annual Fund and other divisional priorities. A central function of the writer is to provide high quality creative direction and content for annual giving collateral in partnership with the Rice Annual Fund direct marketing team. This includes working closely with fundraising staff, graphic designers, production staff, web designers and others to accomplish robust, segmented marketing campaigns spanning print, email, web, social media, video and more.
This position currently has a hybrid work arrangement, with a minimum of two days per week in the office.
The ideal candidate will be a creative and critical thinker, avid researcher and excellent writer with the ability to understand the needs of a particular audience and customize the messaging appropriately.
Researches, conceptualizes and writes compelling copy for informational, promotional and public relations projects to support the initiatives and objectives of the university or a department, program, division or school
Provides guidance to clients in the identification and development of communications plans
Produces speeches, brochures, articles, features, press releases, marketing collateral, newsletters, web pages and/or other types of materials
Edits copy for accuracy, effectiveness and Rice style
Writes and edits marketing and promotional copy and communications on behalf of university leaders
Performs all other duties as assigned
Plans integrated marketing campaigns for quarterly solicitation and stewardship campaigns
Develops solicitation and stewardship materials (brochures, web content, emails, invitations)
Drafts copy for the giving website, e-newsletters and stories that profile and celebrate philanthropy at Rice
Develops collateral and invitation sets for fundraising events
Provides editorial services and quality assurance, with emphasis on fundraising writing, promotional/marketing writing, creative writing and in-depth descriptive writing and quality assurance
Advises on social media strategies
Maintains and supports the Rice Annual Fund and Rice University brands, while collaborating with Rice's Public Affairs Division on joint projects, publications and branding opportunities
Writes articles, magazine advertisements, stories, volunteer letters and emails
Serves as copy editor and proofreader, primarily on Rice Annual Fund materials, but also on other communication projects as needed
Serves as point person for creative decisions on annual giving communications
Documents important information and interactions with donors in the advancement system
Works collaboratively on project scope, timelines and tasks using project management software
Spends many hours per day in front of a computer and/or in strategy or collaborative project meetings
Position is in contact with Rice staff, faculty and administrators at all levels as well as external volunteers, donors and vendors
Bachelor's Degree in English, liberal arts, journalism or a related field
Three years of related professional writing experience
Advanced written and verbal communication skills
Intermediate knowledge of multiple media formats
Intermediate knowledge of AP style
Intermediate Microsoft Office skills
In lieu of Bachelor's Degree in English, liberal arts, or journalism, a bachelor's degree in any field with a total of five years of professional writing experience would be accepted
No substitutions for experience allowed
Education and Experience
Four or more years of professional writing and editing experience
Experience writing for development at an institution of higher education or in writing marketing collateral, brochures, correspondence or newsletters for various purposes
Experience working with clients and managing customer relationships (includes faculty, deans and fundraisers)
Experience working in a nonprofit fundraising campaign or initiative
Experience in a PC Windows environment
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