Advancement Writer

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Communications / PR / Marketing

Meet fascinating people, tell great stories and do work that makes a difference.

As Bucknell University's Advancement Writer, you'll showcase your creativity, collaborative spirit, and interviewing and research ability to create editorial content that supports Bucknell's campaign, fundraising, development and stewardship goals.

You'll work as a core member of the Division of Communications, a talented team that creates impactful messaging across print and digital media. You'll also partner with colleagues in the Division of University Advancement to devise and create content that communicates the impact of philanthropy at Bucknell.

If you're interested in joining this enthusiastic and dynamic team, please submit your application, résumé and cover letter along with three writing samples. At least one should be a published profile that showcases your skills at turning an interview into a compelling snapshot of an individual person.

This position will be considered for remote work pending approval of the specific work location in compliance with University's HR and Payroll requirements.


The Advancement Writer focuses on creating editorial content that supports Bucknell University’s campaign, fundraising, advancement and stewardship efforts and goals. This position is part of a highly collaborative creative team charged with implementing the University’s marketing and communications strategies across print and digital media. The Advancement Writer reports to the Associate Director of Editorial Strategy within the Division of Communications and is dedicated to working closely with colleagues in the Division of University Advancement.

The Advancement Writer creates content that is compelling and persuasive, adopting appropriate writing styles for an array of constituencies and goals that support strategies set by the Division of University Advancement. The Advancement Writer is an efficient collaborator with excellent communication skills and the desire to contribute to a positive, innovative culture within the context of a fun, fast-paced environment. The Advancement Writer shares their own perspectives, learns from the perspectives of others and contributes to a culture of diversity and inclusiveness.

Job Duties:
● Research and write engaging, accurate and persuasive copy that speaks to targeted, key University constituencies, including compelling and creative narratives that communicate the impact of philanthropy at Bucknell.
● Develop and write comprehensive, strategic print and digital pieces to effectively promote University Advancement's fundraising initiatives, including those that are customized to individual constituents.
● In conjunction with the Associate Vice President for Strategic Philanthropy, conceptualize, research, write and edit gift proposals for individual donors, as well as case statements, concept papers, donor correspondence, fundraising collateral and stewardship communications.
● Cultivate sources and identify content to meet strategic advancement communications needs.
● Interview and communicate with key University stakeholders, including major donors and University leadership.
● Work closely with Communications colleagues to produce compelling, error-free pieces that advance development strategies and align with University brand guidelines.
● Work closely with University Advancement on impact reporting for initiatives, milestones, and individual donors and funds as needed.
● Copyedit fundraising and stewardship materials as needed.
● Serve as a project manager and liaison with University Advancement to create advancement website content.
● Adhere to and promote the University’s marketing and branding standards and strategies.
● Contribute to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures and backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications:
● Bachelor’s degree
● At least two years professional writing experience within advancement, development or fundraising communications for a college, university, foundation or nonprofit
● Excellent research, interviewing, writing and editing skills as well as demonstrated grammatical and proofreading skills
● Proficiency with Associated Press style
● Familiarity with philanthropy and major gift fundraising processes
● Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines

Preferred Qualifications:
● Higher education experience
● Working knowledge of Drupal content management system
● Working knowledge of Emma email marketing software
● Working knowledge of Blackbaud records management software
● Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, marketing, communications or a related field

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About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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