NPR Senior Writer, Development in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Calling all wordsmiths, storytellers and true nonprofit enthusiasts: NPR’s Development Division needs your help! Our listeners are passionate about public radio; they are committed to seeing NPR elevate its important work; and they are eager to learn how they can enhance and sustain the future of independent journalism. That’s where you come in. If you love public radio, have a unique and persuasive way of articulating NPR’s mission and can craft compelling fundraising and stewardship materials—this job is for you! We seek to hire a dynamic, experienced and mission-driven Senior Writer to assist our communications team in generating inspiring, polished and thought-provoking collateral for the donors, volunteers and loyal public radio supporters who make our critical work possible.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Donor Communications, the Senior Writer will play a central role in NPR Development’s writing and communications hub, supporting the development of materials for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts.

Interested? Keep reading!

The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in nonprofit communications, marketing and writing (or a combination of each), with a track record of producing successful donor collateral. S/he will be strategic, collaborative, have a service-oriented approach and keen business/nonprofit acumen, and thrive in a fast-paced, creative, results-oriented culture.

The Senior Writer’s primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide writing support and expertise to frontline fundraisers across the Development team;

  • Write inspiring proposals to secure funding from high-net worth individuals;

  • Produce compelling grants that prove NPR’s mission and programming to be in alignment with those of national foundations;

  • Develop and update a suite of annual fund appeals and stewardship mailings;

  • Craft high-level messaging for a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including members of both NPR’s foundation board and governing board;

  • Contribute to the development of campaign and event related promotional materials;

  • Draft a variety of print and electronic donor touches to support the overall donor relations/donor communications strategy;

  • Support division-wide knowledge management by organizing newsroom updates, programming announcements, audience insights and other relevant data; and

  • Support overall editing process to ensure high-quality donor collateral.

  • 5-7 years of non-profit writing or communications experience, proposal or grant writing experience preferred

  • Exceptional communication, grammar, and editing skills

  • Keen ability to synthesis complex information and use aspirational language

  • Strong, demonstrated computer skills in relation to material design composition, and production

  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, to set and adjust priorities, and work under pressure while maintaining composure and a sense of humor

  • Experience in annual giving or fundraising campaigns

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet concurrent deadlines, organize time and priorities and to do so in collaboration with diverse stakeholders

  • Strong commitment to NPR’s code of ethics, standards and reputation as a nonpartisan public news organization

  • D.C.-based or willingness to relocate to the DC-Metro area

  • Bachelor’s degree required

What else?

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite; Raiser’s Edge (or equivalent database software) and AP Style a plus

  • Experience working on and supporting capital campaigns

  • Understanding of the public media development environment

  • Love of NPR

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