UCLA College of Letters and Science is the academic heart of UCLA and home to more than 85 percent of the university's 28,000 undergraduate students. Together, its four academic divisions of Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences encompass 34 departments, 109 undergraduate majors, more than 50 graduate degree programs and over 40 PhD programs that span research and teaching across both traditional and emerging disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences. Undergraduate and graduate students of the College move on to become business, government, community and academic leaders of California and the world.
Under the supervision of the Director of Development Communications and Operations and in collaboration with the Assistant Vice Chancellor of College Development, deans and faculty in the College, the College External Affairs (EA) Writer will research, write, and edit a wide range of materials for print and online media that will communicate and promote the activities of the UCLA College to a variety of constituents and advance the College's mission. These may include but not be limited to: case statements, annual appeals, gift announcements and other press releases, speaking points and remarks for deans and other academic leadership, profiles of faculty and students, event invitations and programs, articles for the College Magazine and Newsletter, and web content. The College EA Writer will also research and write proposals to foundations, corporations, individuals, and other funding agencies to raise funds for high priority projects in the UCLA College. In collaboration with the deans, faculty, and development staff, this individual will gather program information, statistics, and other data to formulate persuasive reasons for giving, to strengthen the case for support of the College and will perform other responsibilities related to the development, submission, and maintenance of proposals. The College EA Writer will coordinate and consult with development officers and deans as appropriate on writing, graphics, and production of all projects. As a communication project manager, this individual will prepare deans for their participation in two annual campus events, support the identification and securing of the College commencement speaker in cooperation with deans and the student committee, support the identification and securing of an annual College Luskin Lecture speaker in partnership with deans and be responsible for other communications projects as assigned. In addition, this individual must also be able to recommend communications approaches for various targeted audiences.
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Qualifications for Position
1. Minimum of three to five years of writing experience, preferably in proposal organization and writing within external affairs and/or related environment such as sales, marketing or business development.
2. Strong working knowledge of the principles and practices of writing major proposals and its application for fundraising purposes; familiarity with the techniques of proposal organization and writing.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of funding agencies and the development, submission and maintenance of proposal process.
4. Demonstrated experience in writing creative and persuasive materials with a strong understanding of tone and voice; exhibits a tremendous eye for detail to compose, proofread and edit documents.
5. Experience applying writing skills to various print and online formats, including articles, letters, brochures, speeches, etc.; experience in editing and publishing newsletters and/or magazines.
6. Flexibility to switch between types of writing; equally comfortable writing in clear, simple language as well as more technical/specialized verbiage or other styles as dictated by appropriate audience.
7. Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize assignments, work independently, provide proficient follow up and make effective timely decisions despite tight deadlines and competing requirements in a dynamic and ever-changing environment.
8. Ability to work collaboratively with other professionals and be willing to make, offer or accept suggested changes as well as provide guidance, mentorship and training of writing skills and language usage.
9. Dedicated, passionate, resilient, and results-oriented with demonstrated skill in succeeding at challenging assignments and producing work that is on point, on target, highly polished, and of a high standard.
10. Exceptional interpersonal skills to work well within and across other departments, as well as establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external constituents.
11. Proficiency with Microsoft suite of applications as well as other applications, software, etc. for email, calendaring, database management with ability to conduct online research and learn new technologies in a prompt and efficient manner.
12. Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
13. Working knowledge of Salesforce and InDesign is helpful and preferred.
14. Bachelor's degree in Communications or related field is strongly preferred.
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