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Senior Proposal Writer Advancement Communications - University Advancement

Company name
Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Employment Type

Writing, Journalism, Pr

Posted on
Mar 25, 2021

Valid Through
Jul 08, 2021

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Senior Proposal Writer, Advancement Communications - University Advancement','2016074','!*!Job Summary

Carnegie Mellon is enjoying its most productive fundraising years in its history, raising more than $500M over the last three years. University Advancement (UA) supports the entire CMU community in securing the financial resources the university needs to continue its ascent. As the division grows, we are seeking a senior proposal writer, Advancement Communications. This is an exciting opportunity if you thrive in an interesting and challenging work environment. Reporting to the assistant vice president, Advancement Communications and Marketing, and as an integral member of the Advancement Communications staff, you will research, develop, write and edit complex fundraising proposals and other collateral from inception to completion, with the goal of cultivating significant philanthropic support for Carnegie Mellon and its mission and objectives. You will develop and maintain significant knowledge of major university initiatives and engage in conversations with key administrators, faculty and staff in order to serve as the division’s subject matter expert on key areas for fundraising. You may also develop and contribute content to the division’s other marketing channels, including websites, direct mail, e-marketing and social media. You will work closely with the Senior Associate Vice President, University Advancement; chief advancement officers; gift officers; and other teams within the division, including Development, Gift Planning, the Center for Business Engagement and Foundation Relations.

Your core responsibilities will include:

developing compelling fundraising proposals and cases for support for individuals, foundations and corporations for gifts of $25,000 and above.

developing proposal templates and content for fundraising collateral for use by gift officers.

working closely with University Advancement gift officers and the Advancement Communications and Marketing team to anticipate communications needs and deliver appropriate collateral.

performing enterprise research on university initiatives, related topic areas, individuals, companies and organizations to deliver relevant proposals and content.

maintaining library of research around key university fundraising priorities.

writing, editing, copyediting and proofreading proposals and collateral.

researching and developing white papers, strategy documents, presentations and other materials on high-level university priorities for fundraising.

providing leadership around industry best practices and innovation for fundraising proposal strategy, networking with peers, regularly engaging in professional development activities, and recommending new tactics to increase effectiveness of program.

collaborating with Advancement leadership and gift officers regarding solicitation and proposal strategies.

collaborating with and advising Donor Relations and Stewardship on the development of custom impact reports for supporters.

Performing related duties as assigned.

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within University Advancement.  Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

You should demonstrate:

The ability to:

meet tight deadlines;

interact and collaborate effectively within the University Advancement division, as well as with other members of the campus community;

contribute in a high-performing team environment;

manage multiple projects and prioritize;

maintain composure when dealing with difficult situations and/or individuals;

work under pressure and with frequent interruptions;

pay close attention to detail;

keep and maintain accurate and detailed reports and records;

prioritize work and handle multiple projects simultaneously;

understand and follow directions;

work with sensitive information, maintain confidentiality and use discretion

Exceptional skills for writing and editing

Strong analytical, research and problem-solving skills

Understanding of best practices and metrics for communications

Ability to distill complex academic or scientific concepts into compelling communications understood by non-academics


A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English or equivalent is required; Master’s degree preferred

Eight to ten years of communications and proposal-writing experience

Experience in higher education and/or large institution fundraising

Proficiency with Microsoft Office

Experience with Adobe Creative Suite


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More Information

Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.

A listing of employee benefits is available at:

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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