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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Position Number: 4806923
  • Location: Aurora, CO
  • Position Type: Communications - Media & Communication Studies
Development Writer – Open Rank (Entry – Intermediate) - 31236 University Staff

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Office of Advancement, Anschutz Medical Campus

Job Title: Development Writer – Open Rank (Entry – Intermediate)

Position #00744724: – Requisition #:31236

Job Summary:

We are recruiting for the role of Development Writer at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Development Writer works on a wide variety of projects simultaneously under tight deadlines with members of the advancement office, and with the communications team in particular. This position will contribute to and collaborate on a range of creative projects, specifically using writing skills to create gift proposals and templates, stewardship impact reports, one-pagers, publications, brochures, newsletters, event collateral, scripting and talking points, web content, mass email communications, acknowledgement letters, and other print and electronic materials for internal and external audiences. They will support advancement colleagues in content creation for fundraising, events, stewardship, the grateful patient program, alumni efforts, campaigns and related areas.

The ideal candidate will thrive on creative collaboration, working closely with graphic designers to bring complex ideas to fruition as compelling cases for support. They will attend project launch meetings to gather information, identify additional source material needed, and ask thoughtful questions all in the interest of creating the best end product possible within the timeframe and resources allocated. An inquisitive nature and customer service approach to work will add to the Development Writer's success. Candidates with a keen eye for detail, impeccable editing skills and an interest in creative brainstorming to strategize with a group will be prioritized.

Additionally, the Development Writer will partner with development staff, faculty, campus leadership, and others on best practices for outreach to a variety of audiences including alumni, benefactors, grateful patients, faculty, staff, students, committee and board members, and more. Deciphering between the needs of different audiences and styles of advancement messaging – from mass communications to tailored pieces – will be required for this position. The Development Writer will thrive on building and sustaining partnerships, and tackling complex projects simultaneously while quickly and decisively determining a project's direction and intended outcomes.

Essential Duties

60% Writing and editing
  • Primary duty is to research and write and/or edit materials in support of fundraising priorities, including web content, mass email, web/magazine articles and stories, brochures, event collateral, presentations, biographies and a wide range of other print and electronic communications.
  • Interview donors, faculty, staff, students, alumni and others for stories, articles, publications, advertisements, proposals and other purposes.
  • Assist communications team in developing and producing print and online content that conveys complex topics clearly and persuasively, and that presents concise rationales for philanthropy.
  • Proofread and provide editorial suggestions on collateral produced by development officers and other colleagues. Make changes and edits to existing pieces, often incorporating changes from multiple parties simultaneously.
  • Serve as a primary developer of mass email content.
  • Collaborate with communications team to develop, post and measure the success of web stories and site content.
  • Much of this work entails the use of established CU Anschutz Medical Campus identity/brand standards, AP Stylebook editorial standards and the University of Colorado editorial style guide.
  • Develop/design and update dynamic presentations in PowerPoint and related formats, including but not limited to Prezi.
  • Assist with updating and selecting photos and visuals for digital communications, including the website and intranet.

20% Strategy of projects (both new and annual/ongoing)
  • Collaborate with advancement teams to develop strategies for testing new project ideas and measuring success.

10% Research and compilation of source content
  • Serve as point of contact on projects to research, compile source material, and determine needs to complete projects.

10% Project management
  • Assist communications team with organization of finished project files.

Entry Professional: The entry-level will perform duties alongside other professionals and with direct supervision.

Intermediate Professional: The intermediate level will perform duties with guidance from the supervisor and independently.

Work Location:

Hybrid – this role is eligible for a hybrid schedule of #1-3 days per week on campus and as needed for in-person meetings.

Why Join Us:

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

Entry Level:
  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline
    • Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year for year basis.

Intermediate Level:
  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline and one – two (1-2) years professional experience.
    • Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year for year basis.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 2-4 years of experience of communications and/or writing in a professional setting.
  • Background and experience in a university, nonprofit, medical institution or development/fundraising setting.
  • Experience working with content and design for intranet and e-newsletter systems.
  • Experience using web CMS, such as WordPress or SharePoint.
  • Experience with Photoshop, InDesign, PowerPoint and/or Prezi.
  • Experience with digital communications tasks such as broadcast email, website development and management, and analytics.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong and demonstrated ability to write and edit compelling, clear and accurate content for diverse audiences and for general publication. Ability to easily change writing styles to fit audience, voice and purpose.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and internet navigation tools.
  • Strong knowledge of business English, grammar and punctuation style. Fluency with AP and/or Chicago style.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and set priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Basic understanding of communications and design principles and landscape.
  • Experience with effective communications and design strategies for print, web and social media application.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with donors, staff, faculty and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and complete complex projects and to work under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently or collaborate as part of a team.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):
  1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
  2. Curriculum vitae / Resume
  3. Three to five professional references, including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

Questions should be directed to: Shannon Palombi,

Screening of Applications Begins:

Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by October 10, 2024. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.

Anticipated Pay Range:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position is as follows:

Entry Level: $56,000 - $60,000.

Intermediate Level: $60,000 - $63,000

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. This position may be eligible for overtime compensation, depending on the level.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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ADA Statement:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at​.

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Vaccination Statement:

CU Anschutz strongly encourages vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and other vaccine preventable diseases. If you work, visit, or volunteer in healthcare facilities or clinics operated by our affiliated hospital or clinical partners or by CU Anschutz, you will be required to comply with the vaccination and medical surveillance policies of the facilities or clinics where you work, visit, or volunteer, respectively. In addition, if you work in certain research areas or perform certain safety sensitive job duties, you must enroll in the occupational health medical surveillance program.
Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Job Category: Communication

Primary Location: Aurora Department: U0001 -- Anschutz Med Campus or Denver - 21560 - ADM-CHAN Advancement Anschutz

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 19, 2023

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Shannon Palombi Posting Contact Email: Position Number: 00744724

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