Purpose: To ensure that HSL is equipped with the best, most appropriate information and resources to inspire donors and funders to give to HSL, including:
Partnering with the Director, Institutional Giving to develop compelling proposals and reports for foundation and other institutional funders.
Partnering with the major gifts team, Chief Development Officer and Vice President, Board Relations, and Director of Development to develop compelling proposals and reports for major gift donors.
Identifying existing resources to meet major gift, stewardship, and annual fund needs, and writing new resources when needed.
Creating additional written fundraising materials as needed.
Ability to translate the HSL mission and priorities (including complex clinical science programming through our Harvard-affiliated Marcus Institute for Aging Research and Wolk Center for Memory Health) into clear, compelling, and persuasive written materials.
Ability to manage a project from start to finish, including research, writing, editing, and gathering and incorporating feedback.
Ability to produce high-quality work on deadline. Comfortable managing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines.
Create high-quality, compelling content to advance HSL’s fundraising initiatives, including:
Foundation and major gift proposals and reports
Custom letters and correspondence
High-level appeal letters
Fundraising and stewardship mailings and reports (including Annual Fund and other mass mailings, personalized reports, and annual reports on endowed, special purpose, and scholarship funds)
Interviews and articles for HSL’s quarterly newsletter, Inspire, and the annual Report to the Community.
Organize and maintain online resource library for Development staff and distribute updates as needed.
Work with Director, Institutional Giving on proposal and prospect tracking (leveraging Raiser’s Edge database)
Coordinate brainstorming, timeline, and resource-gathering for written projects
Coordinate team in developing the most compelling messaging and requests
Drive timeline and approval process for resource-development projects
Maximize use of Raiser’s Edge as a tool for stewardship efforts
Excellent communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to show appreciation for others’ perspectives and resolve differences
Sound judgment, thoughtfulness, attention to detail, the ability to think strategically, and a strong work ethic
Fluency in using the English language in oral and written communications
Four to six years of experience in proposal development, development communications, and/or fundraising, preferably in a health care setting
Experience in the non-profit sector
Superior writing and editing skills. Writing samples will be requested and a writing test may be administered to final candidates.
Ability to translate complex concepts, including clinical research and health care business strategies, into clear, approachable, donor-friendly language
Ability to adhere to deadlines, recognize potential issues and obstacles, and identify solutions to successfully accomplish agreed-upon goals
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work independently within a team structure
Tact and sensitivity in dealing with confidential donor information
Commitment to demonstrating HSL’s Cultural Beliefs