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#111989 Director of Annual Giving Writing

Initial Review Date: Wed 10/13/2021

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  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date: 10/14/21.


Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, Annual Giving, the Director of Annual Giving Writing will be responsible for researching, analyzing and developing a broad variety of donor communications with the goal of increasing philanthropic support for UC San Diego. Oversees all written communications in support of Annual Giving, collaborates with graphic designer(s) on designed pieces, and directs other communications team members to support fundraising efforts for UC San Diego’s strategic priorities. Collaborates with Advancement and campus leadership, development officers, administrators and faculty to research and create compelling, donor-specific content to assist Advancement leaders and development officers in meeting the university’s philanthropic goals. This position works closely with Annual Giving colleagues to write, edit and design donor-centric proposals ($250K to $100M+), case statements, letters, stewardship reports, concept/white papers, correspondence, appeals, speeches, talking points, and special items that incorporate key development and campaign messages for targeted audiences. Works directly with internal stakeholders to develop content strategy that weaves the donor’s philanthropic intentions together with campus/department/program funding priorities and the university’s mission.

As a key strategic partner to Advancement leadership, serves as a conduit between high-level academics and the lay individual/donor and must be able to analyze, interpret, translate, synthesize, and compose information from a variety of fields using advanced communication and marketing concepts. Understands and is able to apply principles of target marketing to development communications. Researches, writes and / or edits high-level communications, publications, and / or reports with complex or sensitive subject matter to audiences that are either broad or highly influential. Requires subject-matter expertise and an in-depth understanding of the audience and the communication strategies that will best serve the institution with that audience. Work is of considerable difficulty and may require political acumen and sensitivity.

Works closely with the other professional communications staff members within Advancement, University Communications and Public Affairs to create a cohesive team environment and generate synergy among all participants in order to meet the university’s overall objectives.


  • Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation and advanced skills to write clear, lively, engaging, compelling and effective copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and the broader public.

  • Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.

  • Proficient knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and / or web production.

  • Strong skill in taking initiative to creatively identify and pitch story ideas to senior management and clients.

  • Advanced research and fact verification skills.

  • Effective interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.

  • Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills.

  • Proven project management, organizational and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills. Ability to evaluate programs/processes, identify needs/gaps, and establish structure and implement plans to provide workflow efficiency and improved services.

  • Work experience in planning, researching, prospect searching, analyzing, implementing, and evaluating programs and writing grant proposals, with the ability to develop reports and oral presentations.

  • Strong skills in developing, designing and implementing creative communication and publication strategies.

  • Leadership/supervisory skills, including skills to lead, direct, mentor, evaluate, and motivate staff.

  • Ability to develop concepts for publications that support fundraising and public outreach. Understanding of industry best practices in philanthropy and donor relations.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public relations to provide direction to special programs for outreach to prospective and existing donors, partners, corporations/industries, etc.

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of feature/benefit persuasive marketing communications.

  • Strong customer service orientation demonstrated through deliverables that incorporate the requestor/ customer's input, and also addresses/serves audience interests and passions. Skills required include active listening, emotional intelligence, information gathering, compilation and translation.

  • Skill in classifying, categorizing, and updating information on a systematic basis. Ability to set up and accurately maintain files for rapid and accurate access to information.

  • Ability to work as part of a team, collaborating with colleagues; willingness to cooperate with and assist other staff members and business staff members in writing and editing. Strongly service oriented in attitude and actions.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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