Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Position: Development Communications Senior Specialist

PURPOSE OF POSITION: Senior writer, editor and project manager of philanthropic communications to aid in the cultivation, education, solicitation and stewardship of donors. Identify and respond to needs for new communication pieces. Lead office-wide discussions to develop and execute multi-faceted communication plans for development initiatives. Mentor junior writers and new staff.


  • Writing/Editing
    Author and edit diverse print and electronic communication pieces to advance the organization's philanthropic goals. Work collaboratively with other individuals and groups to develop, edit, trouble-shoot and finalize content. Identify needs for new communication pieces, plan and initiate work.
  • ·Publications
    Develop and present content plans for publications. Identify ways to improve current publications and take necessary steps. Author, edit and approve publication content. Assign and edit the work of others. Develop and maintain relationships with printers, designers and photographers. Project and report on publication expenses. Oversee print production.
  • Proposal Development
    Work collaboratively with senior leadership and fundraising staff to research and develop content for major gift proposals. Utilize writing strengths to assist clinical and research leaders with describing medical center programs and funding needs. Synthesize program information to develop targeted pieces for major donors. Develop and customize proposal templates and supporting materials for use in major gift solicitations.
  • Donor Relations and Stewardship
    Develop and execute multi-faceted communications plans for signature fundraising events, including print, electronic, PR and social media components. Develop and maintain relationships with external vendors to develop and produce compelling videos to support special events, fundraising and stewardship initiatives. Work collaboratively with senior leadership to plan strategies and content for mass stewardship reports. Collaborate with donor officers to identify donors to feature in publications and donor recognition vehicles. Develop content plans to aid the stewardship and gift cultivation process. Author and edit annual report content.
  • Leadership
    Provide critical analysis of communications strategies, recognize needs (or changing needs) and recommend solutions. Mentor junior writers and new staff. Identify opportunities for strategy, project and process improvement and take action. Initiate and lead difficult office-wide discussions and projects. Contribute to office-wide discussions to coordinate communication efforts across teams and ensure donors are receiving relevant mailings at appropriate times. Represent supervisor in his/her absence.

Skills & Competencies

  • Communication - Advanced
    Excellent verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
  • Customer Requirement Skills
    Identifying and understanding customer needs and expectations; accurately gauging how to satisfy these requirements
  • Initiative
    Challenging the status quo and seizing opportunities to enhance work processes and outcomes; voluntarily seeking new or extra responsibilities and challenges; going beyond what is expected; proactively delving into work without hesitation
  • Project Management
    Ability to develop, implement and manage projects; knowledge of the principles and concepts of project management including proficiency with relevant project management tools
  • Flexibility
    Being open to change and considerable variety in work activities; effortlessly adjusting to new or changing situations and unexpected events; altering one's approach to tasks and projects with minimal loss of efficiency
  • Computer Proficiency
    Proficiency in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office, e-mail and internet
  • Required:
    Bachelor's degree in related field
    Five years of writing experience
  • Preferred:
    Experience in a health care organization and/or nonprofit agency
    Experience in persuasive writing, journalism, marketing, sales or fundraising
    Campaign experience

Apply here