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Assistant/Associate Director, Principal Development Writer - Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

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Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | Palo Alto, CA

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

Published 12 days ago


At the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, we are a team of dedicated individuals with a shared commitment to helping kids and families live healthier lives.

We do this by:

  • Fundraising for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and the maternal and child health programs of Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Raising awareness of children's health issues.
  • Promoting a system of care that improves the lives of children with special health care needs and their families.


We are seeking a strategic communicator who is passionate about improving the health of expectant moms and children and who understands the power of philanthropy to make a difference. You will bring your experience as a persuasive writer and messaging expert to partner with our principal gifts team on our highest-level gift opportunities from initial inception to completion.

You will use your interest in science and the skill to translate complex business plans and medical information into a compelling case for support. Gifts raised will support the work of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and the pediatric and maternal health programs at Stanford University School of Medicine. This is a new position, reporting to the Director of Stewardship.


Strategic Communications

  • Partner with gift officers in developing the communication strategy to ask for principal gifts ($5M+), our highest level of gifts. This will involve identifying the most compelling messages and stories to make our philanthropic case for support. Help create a consistent voice for our principal gift communications.
  • Consistently develop and produce high-quality, inspiring, custom communication pieces to support a principal gift ask or to prepare a prospect /donor for the next ask. This includes research and interviewing sources, as well as writing and editing proposals, whitepapers, vision statements, gift stories, stewardship impact reports, and other materials that articulate the philanthropic case for support.
  • While this position is primarily focused on communications and writing, to support our highest level, and most complex, principal gifts asks, an ability to work with designers and help guide the development of compelling visuals is required.
  • Ensure messaging aligns with the Foundation's campaign communication plans and strategic priorities.

Relationship Management

  • Establish and maintain strong partnerships with the Principal gifts team. This team is growing in order to cultivate and steward a robust portfolio of approximately 500 donors and prospects who have the potential to give gifts of $10M or more.
  • Be a strong partner attending Stanford Medicine faculty and hospital leadership meetings. Following interviews and meetings make salient recommendations on communication strategies to best define the philanthropic case for support and key communication messages.
  • Serve as a partner in crafting gift opportunities that align with donor interests.

Project and Team Management

  • Manage production of various communication products at the same time. Co-ordinate reviews by internal and external partners and incorporate feedback. Track schedules and adhere to deadlines.
  • Serve as a trusted source of information about maternal and child health care programs, and pediatric research at Stanford. Build detailed knowledge about the faculty, structure, and history at Packard Children's and Stanford Medicine.
  • Maintain records of proposals, other donor communications, and tracking spreadsheets.
  • Assist the Director in evaluating workflow and resources, making recommendations on opportunities for improvement and leading the implementation of those recommendations.
  • May supervise one other professional personnel and conduct performance evaluations, hiring, and staff management.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Understand, support, and model the Foundation's Core Values at all times.
  • Take responsibility for own career development and seek opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge of the department and the Foundation.
  • Show initiative to take on additional tasks, duties, and assignments to ensure the department fulfills its responsibilities.
  • Recommend new approaches, procedures, and processes to effect continual improvements in efficiency of department and services performed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required.
  • Due to the nature of principal gift proposal work, an ability to work occasional evenings and weekends to ensure a project meets the deadline is required.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.



  • Minimum 6 years’ related experience demonstrating progressively increasing responsibilities. (8 years’ required for the Associate Director role.)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and professionalism to interact with a wide range of people at different levels of an organization.
  • Strong client service orientation and attention to detail.
  • Ability to articulate the case for philanthropic support in a way that is understandable and compelling to various constituencies
  • Professional, persuasive writing and editing experience in both long- and short-form content.
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking. Ability to quickly grasp complex and technical information—especially about medicine—and synthesize it into clear, accurate, and persuasive prose.
  • Ability to work with sensitive and confidential information maintaining the highest level of confidentiality and comply with HIPPA regulations at all times
  • Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail.
  • High level of productivity and initiative.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate directly and effectively with others.
  • Tactfulness, flexibility, and collaboration are essential in working with diverse population groups (co-workers, constituents, physicians, faculty, staff, vendors, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience leading project teams.
  • Ability to work independently in a team environment.
  • Resilient and adaptable in the face of changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision- making and in handling confidential and sensitive material.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work overtime including evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel locally and long-distance travel as required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with staff at all levels of the organization.
  • A positive, constructive attitude toward others and in situations, even in the face of adversity.
  • A genuine interest in improving the health and well-being of children.

An Associate Director candidate will have demonstrated experience leading the development of impactful messaging and story arc for an organization’s most important, and highest impact audience.


  • Strong experience partnering with designers or communications agencies. (Required for Associate Director role).
  • Previous experience working in a nonprofit environment.
  • Prior experience with Raiser's Edge or other non-profit database software.
  • Experience writing specifically for fundraising, public relations, or marketing (Required for Associate Director role).
  • Education or professional experience in medicine, biology, scientific research, or science writing.
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring and/ or managing direct reports. (Required for Associate Director role).
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems (Required for Associate Director role).
  • Proficiency with Adobe InDesign.
  • A good eye for design and the ability to communicate visually.
  • Familiarity with trends and best practices in fundraising.
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle, an acceptable driving record and proof of full-coverage auto insurance.


The Foundation provides competitive compensation and a wide range of benefits designed to meet the needs of our employees and their families. We are strong supporters of work life balance. Learn more by visiting the careers page on our website.


We know that building a diverse and inclusive workforce is key to our success and enables us to do extraordinary work for kids and their families. When you become part of our team, you’ll be joining a group of passionate and dedicated individuals who truly care about and believe in the work they do.

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


At the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, we are a team of dedicated individuals with a shared commitment to helping kids and families live healthier lives.

We do this by:

  • Fundraising for Lucile Packard…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

How to Apply

Please include three writing samples with your resume and cover letter.

Please include three writing samples with your resume and cover letter.


400 Harrison Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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