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#126348 Senior Writer

Extended Deadline: Fri 12/8/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

This position will remain open till filled. Initial application review is 11/10/2023

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/1/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/10/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

A cover letter is required for a complete application and a writing assessment may be requested in final round of interviews.


Reporting to the Director of Communications Health Sciences Advancement (DOC-HSA), the Health Sciences Advancement Senior Writer is responsible for independently researching and writing, as well as tracking and reporting, on a variety of development strategies that serve the DOC-HSA and Health Sciences Advancement. Working in collaboration with Advancement Operations and Campaign staff, deans, administration, staff and faculty, the Senior Writer's main responsibilities include strategy summaries, case statements, white papers, PowerPoint presentations and personalized proposals for principal and major gift level prospects in support of the university's fundraising goals. The incumbent will write or edit a variety of comprehensive and difficult material for stylistic consistency, logic, organization, rational development of content, and emphasis. Will research, select sources for and conducts interviews, and ensure accuracy of written pieces. Recommend content and layout, edits, and coordinates production of a variety of printed and online material, or conversion of printed pieces to online formats and archives. These projects will range from highly technical scientific projects to marketing pieces for use with a variety of audiences to highly personalized communications. Write impact reports to serve Health Sciences Advancement and the university's principal donors. 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 DOC-HSA. 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.


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.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


  • Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation. Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of syntax to write clear, concise and compelling fundraising collateral material.

  • Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines. Demonstrated ability to 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 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 the location, including its mission, goals, achievements, infrastructure, programs, and policies.

  • Thorough knowledge of issues in higher education, a specialized academic discipline or field and / or health sciences.

  • Thorough research and fact verification skills. Demonstrated ability to research material related to and write on a wide variety of health related subjects that mayinclude cardiovascular, cancer, ophthalmology, medical research, healthcare, community outreach, education and other health related issues.

  • 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.

  • Thorough interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills. Demonstrated ability to interview and work with a diverse group of individuals who would provide the basis for materials to be developed.

  • Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills.

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

  • Skill to maintain confidentiality.

  • Demonstrated understanding of philosophy of quality service and group process, with proven aptitude for working as part of a team. Proven ability to encourage and develop a collaborative and positive environment; Foster the Principles of Community.

  • Demonstrated high degree of integrity, dependability, use of sound judgment with a strong work ethic.

  • Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

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


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $53,600 - $111,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $25.67 - $53.45

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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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