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  • Non Union

Job Category

  • AAPS


AAPS Salaried
  • Information Services, Level B

Job Title

Writer, Donor Engagement


Donor Engagement Leadership | Development | Development & Alumni Engagement

Compensation Range

  • $8,508.42 CAD Monthly

Posting End Date

October 4, 2021

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date

Job Summary

Is responsible for developing and delivering a full range of communications programs in support of the University's fundraising and alumni engagement objectives; this may include writing general correspondence, alumni and donor communications related to both philanthropy and engagement, letters on behalf of UBC's President or Faculty Dean, direct response materials, stewardship materials, and fundraising proposals/case statements. Provides strategic input on communications projects undertaken by Development units, directs internal and external individuals to ensure the completeness, accuracy and consistency of messaging and content, and oversees the successful production of Development Communications.

Organizational Status

Reports to: Manager, Director or Assistant Dean, Development & Alumni Engagement

Works with: UBC faculty and staff involved in fundraising

Contacts: Donors, outside community groups and organizations

Supervises : No supervisory responsibilities

Work Performed

Write donor/prospect solicitation materials and correspondence; may be for both 1:1 and broad-based fundraising.

Draft fundraising proposals for senior management.

Research, write and edit a variety of communications materials, including letters, case statements, reports, newsletter/magazine content, online and social media content, donor/prospect stories, speeches and other fundraising materials.

Depending on the specific needs of the role, this may include, but is not limited to, proof-reading, basic design skills, and interviewing donors, alumni, professors and staff.

May write materials on behalf of University senior leadership including, but not limited to Deans, VP's AVP and faculty.

Prepare and manage timelines and work plans on writing/communications projects.

Ensure multiple, overlapping deadlines are met.

Assist other Development units in all aspects of presidential communication when required.

May interact with key university donors, staff or faculty to ensure accuracy of content and messaging in relevant writing/communications projects.

Problem-solve to assist in resolving strategic, logistical and prioritization issues related to writing/communications projects.

Perform other related duties.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Expected to function with a high degree of autonomy and independence, working under broad guidelines. Makes decisions requiring judgement in analyzing, organizing and presenting complex information. Makes recommendations on appropriate communications vehicles to achieve stated goals.

Supervision Received

Works under direction from manager to achieve objectives. Work is reviewed for achievement of objectives, soundness of judgement and quality of work.

Supervision Given


Minimum Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum five years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Minimum five years experience in development or related field. Experience in developing and writing proposals, reports, case statements, broad-based and 1:1 fundraising materials, and newsletter/magazine content, and donor and alumni engagement materials.

Highly effective written communications skills.

Ability to write for various audiences, settings, and tones.

Experience in creative direction and page layout skills is an asset.

Knowledge of fundraising in a university environment.

Ability to interpret information, determine implications and provide recommendations.

Proven ability to interact effectively and positively with staff and managers.

High level of attention to detail and accuracy of work.

Effective computer skills including MS Office products, Adobe, WordPress, html.

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