Senior Writer, Development

PHILADELPHIA 19102, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

The Senior Writer supports the work of PHC to increase the funding of the organization and its activities by developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy for fundraising communications and assisting with external relations and advocacy.

Essential Tasks/Specific Responsibilities:

  • Leads the development, writing, and design of the donor newsletter and annual report, as well as solicitation campaigns.
  • With the Development Director, develops a comprehensive calendar of funding opportunities for private and corporate foundations, as well as government agencies to support PHC’s priorities.
  • Creates production timelines for donor campaigns, proposals, and reports that includes appropriate time for interdepartmental participation, review, and approval process.
  • Provides stew regular written updates to corporate, foundation, and government donors and templates for individual donors.
  • Researches and identifies foundation and government funding streams, and participates in prioritizing and planning for new funding opportunities.
  • Conducts the research for and writing of a broad range of documents, including proposals, narrative reports, award nominations, appeal letters, and correspondence.
  • Contributes to creation of social media fundraising campaigns and effective reports, fact sheets, development invitations, and other marketing, fundraising, and advocacy materials.
  • Assists in researching and organizing meetings and site visits by funders and donors.
  • Working collaboratively with PHC staff, especially the Directors of Development and Communications, assists with writing projects and external communications efforts as requested and edits/proofreads written by other staff members.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience with fundraising research and writing proposals, reports, and development communications.
  • Experience with developing government relations and/or public policy materials a plus.
  • Ability to organize, synthesize, and present complicated information from multiple sources and write compelling copy for communications and fundraising.
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to set priorities and get the job done.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Discretion when handling sensitive personal information about constituents.
  • Works well independently and able to handle multiple assignments and shifting priorities in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work with internal and external constituents, and comfort dealing with a range of diverse audiences, including members of the general public.
  • Passion for the humanities, and personal values consistent with PHC’s mission.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite.


To Apply: Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position addressed to

Contact: Operations Manager Brandon Woods


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