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Job Title:   Development Writer
Up to $44,600
Generally 37.5 hours weekly

Performs a variety of writing tasks for the development program, including proposals, stewardship reports, solicitation letters, donor-related publications, gift acknowledgments, articles for print and web publications, case statements, fact sheets around fund raising priorities, brochures, campaign communications, audio-visual scripts, and other donor communications.
Working with other colleagues, creates new or adapts existing Colonial Williamsburg material for the development web site on a regular basis, including blogs and videos.  Writes periodic emails to donors and potential donors.

Maintains an accurate and current list of foundation-wide projects for which the development department is raising funds.   Prepares “gift opportunities” columns for Colonial Williamsburg Journal, donor meetings, the web site, and as requested by the special gift officers.

Partners with development staff in special and major gifts, principal gifts, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving and the Colonial Williamsburg Fund as well as other Colonial Williamsburg staff to determine the best strategies for effective cultivation and stewardship of donors; executes writing-based projects related to donor recognition and stewardship. 
Edits major development documents. 

Provides team leadership in working with other divisional staff members on assigned projects. 

As required, represents the development department and Colonial Williamsburg in meeting donors at the St. George Tucker House, at special events, in project development and solicitation, and in other stewardship and cultivation activities.

To be considered, please attach a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and two examples of publications you have produced or helped to produce. 

Must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to write pieces that are concise, analytical, and persuasive in nature. 

Must have attention to detail, be able to write for different audiences, and handle multiple tasks. 

Must be able to produce high-quality prose quickly under pressure of deadlines. 

Must be able to communicate successfully with Colonial Williamsburg donors and potential donors.   

Must be a self-motivator, independently demonstrating initiative and self-discipline, but also able to work as part of a team. 

All of the above generally gained through a four-year degree in English, journalism, or another field that emphasizes required writing abilities plus several years experience. 
Highly desired:  Experience in writing for social media and on-line communications.  Knowledge of fund raising communications.  Familiarity with donor databases such as Millennium.

Finalists will be expected to successfully complete two additional writing assignments.


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