The department's mission is to present the Institute, its research, faculty and staff, and its iconic buildings, to diverse external audiences via print, electronic media and the Internet.
The Development Communications Writer is a strategic thinker with expertise in writing, editing and developing multifaceted marketing and communications campaigns that support the Salk Development and Communications Department. Duties include generating content for fundraising communications across all gift levels (annual, major, principal, transformative) and strategies (e.g., current-use vs. endowed; outright, planned and blended). In addition, the successful candidate will strategize and create fundraising content for alumni relations, events, gift announcements, the Institute website, and other internal and external-facing publications. The successful candidate will also assist with other various content needs, editing communications and providing strategic input as dictated by the needs of the External Relations Office.
The Development Communications Writer will engage in significant communications activities supporting the continued role of the Salk Institute as a leader in creating and disseminating scientific breakthroughs. The successful candidate will develop a broad range of collateral and communications material that spans the portfolio of the Institute’s research priorities. The Development Communications Writer must exhibit a strong desire and ability to serve the needs of a fast-paced, high-volume Communications operation that incorporates the full range of print, multimedia and online communications tools to meet strategic goals. They must understand and implement best practices for fundraising communications and donor relations and be able to strategically adapt each piece to the unique needs of its audience(s).
The candidate must be a fundraising communications professional that is able to write and edit compelling, polished content for the Institute. They will be responsible for creating and maintaining positive working relationships with colleagues in Development, Communications, Graphic Design/MMR as well as with other Institutional staff and donors. In addition, they will contribute to External Relations’ role in executive communications support, such as writing remarks and letters for leaderships tied to Development and/or Event-related activities.
Bachelors degree in Communications, Creative Writing, Journalism, English, or relevant field: or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Master’s Degree or higher in life sciences, English, communications or related field.
5 + years work experience working in fundraising communications, marketing or nonprofit communications.
Significant experience with a wide array of writing assignments including brochures, newsletters, website copy, speeches, news releases, special events programs, scripts, press releases, and promotional copy
Demonstrated excellence in crafting fundraising communications pieces from conceptualization to delivery with a strong record of success..
Demonstrated excellence in crafting fundraising communications pieces from conceptualization to delivery with a strong record of success.
Experience with science or medical development writing, especially in regards to cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and/or molecular biology..
Demonstrated experience in utilizing various computer software applications for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and desktop publishing.
Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices in a nonprofit setting.
Experience with story budget development and publications oversight.
Speech writing experience
Familiarity with email direct-marketing tools (e.g., MailChimp)
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends, as required.
Regularly handles confidential information including proprietary scientific and commercial information.
Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
Must sign an employee confidentiality agreement.
Satisfactory completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
Candidates are asked to submit a development writing sample.
Submit full documents, not links/URLs.
Develops, writes, and edits original material for proposals and related administrative publications in print and/or electronic media.
To be considered for this position, all applicants must apply directly through our careers page at https://www.salk.edu/about/careers/. Job No. G465
Physical Requirements: In this role you will be constantly adjusting focus, grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting as well as analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning and writing.
Internal Number: G435
About Salk Institute
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative and creative environment. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.
Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, the institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.