Job Description

Payroll Title:
University Development
Hiring Salary Range
$60,000.00 - $68,100.00/Year
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#118439 Senior Writer

Extended Deadline: Wed 9/28/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position offers a hybrid work arrangement, which includes a combination of onsite and remote work.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/26/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 9/13/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date 9/13/22.


Under the leadership of University Development's Chief of Operations and with work direction from the Director of Development Communications, the Senior Writer is responsible for independently researching and writing for, as well as tracking and reporting on a variety of development strategies that support University Development programs and initiatives. Working in collaboration with Advancement communications colleagues, development officers, deans, administration, staff and faculty, the Senior Writer's main responsibilities include strategy summaries, case statements, white papers, PowerPoint presentations, impact reports and personalized proposals for principal and major gift level prospects in support of the university's fundraising goals. These projects will range from highly technical scientific projects to marketing pieces for use with a variety of audiences to highly personalized communications.

The Senior Writer will research, analyze, compile and evaluate data, and produce reports to support principal donor and prospect management activities for effectiveness, reporting results to the Director of Development Communications. The incumbent will develop internal procedures to streamline writing requests, content management reviews, and approvals, and provide training to development professionals and assistants on these procedures and how to retrieve data and draft written fundraising materials such as briefings, proposals, impact reports, etc. The Senior Writer will write or edit a variety of comprehensive and difficult material for stylistic consistency, logic, organization, rational development of content, and emphasis. Research, select sources for and conduct interviews, and ensure accuracy of written pieces. Recommend content and layout, edit, and coordinate production of a variety of printed and online material, or conversion of printed pieces to online formats and archives.

  • Overtime and weekends may be required.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at UC San Diego and Advancement is committed to a continuous process of learning and updating practices to support systemic evolution toward equity, diversity, and inclusion for our team and constituents. We foster the UC San Diego Principles of Community by encouraging and developing a collaborative and positive environment among colleagues. UC San Diego provides resources and services so employees can develop a deeper connection to our diverse campus community. Explore more at UC San Diego Staff Associations network and Campus Community Centers.


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in a higher education environment. Working knowledge of the dynamics of fund raising and the concepts of development and advancement or equivalent.

  • Thorough knowledge of issues in higher education, a specialized academic discipline or field and/or health sciences. Demonstrated ability to research material related to and write in a variety of styles for audiences including individuals, foundations, and corporations,and a demonstrated knowledge of the philanthropic goals and preferences of such organizations.

  • Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation. Demonstrated organizational and research abilities, with strong attention to detail and accuracy, including analyzing large amounts of information from disparate sources and synthesizing it into cogent and concise written form. Thorough research and fact verification skills.

  • Demonstrated composition, spelling, and proofreading skills. Excellent understanding of the rules of English grammar and syntax to write clear, concise and compelling fundraising collateral material.

  • Thorough skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and/or the broader public, while ensuring adherence to the location's message.

  • Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.

  • Demonstrated ability to interview and work with a diverse group of individuals who provide the basis for materials to be developed. Knowledge of message development and communications management.

  • Ability to grasp and integrate into practice university gift policy and management procedures. Ability to understand and work with financial information.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and/or web production. Demonstrated ability and knowledge of writing for multimedia presentations and content for web. Experience using a constituent management database preferred.

  • Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills. Skill to maintain confidentiality.

  • Thorough attention to detail, project management and organizational skills. Ability to initiate and complete tasks with minimal supervision. Ability to prioritize work, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a time-constrained environment.

  • Thorough interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills. Ability to interact in a positive, tactful and professional manner with all levels of the organization including executive administration and a diverse and demanding clientele. Ability to communicate effectively one-on-one or in group settings, taking into account differences in social, cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds.

  • Demonstrated understanding of philosophy of quality service and group process. Demonstrated understanding of the importance of ensuring an equitable, inclusive, and diverse working environment, with the ability to work as a part of a diverse and collaborative team. Ability to encourage and develop a collaborative and positive environment and foster the UC San Diego Principles of Community.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

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

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

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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