Development Writer

Job Type

Full Time




400 Hamilton Ave.
Suite 340
Palo Alto
United States


Reporting to the Director of Stewardship, the Development Writer will have primary responsibility for crafting custom communications to high-end donors. Duties include composing cover letters, writing stewardship reports, and developing content to help achieve specific marketing objectives. As needed, this individual will also be responsible for generating proposals detailing major gift opportunities.



  • Responsible for producing high-quality written reports that build donor engagement by detailing the use of donors’ gifts and demonstrating the importance of philanthropy to clinical, research, and training initiatives at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff at the Hospital and the School of Medicine to ensure that gifts are used in accordance with the donors’ intentions and to enable personalized financial reports for donors on endowed and expendable funds.
  • Responsible, as needed, for producing high-quality custom proposals for soliciting major gifts. This will involve both developing accurate, persuasive written arguments detailing the importance and potential impact of gift opportunities and also contributing to the visual design of proposals.
  • Manage centers of excellence reports that are sent to multiple donors and support the work of many faculty, programs, and services.
  • Manage the financial endowment reporting program, including liaising with Stanford for report content, reviewing data for accuracy, and managing the communication and dissemination of reports to donors.
  • Work closely with the Major Gifts team, and sometimes with the Children’s Fund, Corporate Relations, Foundation Relations, and Planned Giving staff to develop accurate and compelling donor-centric reports and proposals. Includes researching donor background, consulting with, responding to, interviewing, and reviewing drafts with Development, Hospital, and School of Medicine staff, as well as investigating other sources of information pertaining to the topic. The Writer will be expected to quickly master complex scientific concepts and outline relevant details in lay terms.
  • Participate in other activities throughout the year (e.g., Stanford research conferences, retreats, and lectures).
  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource to Foundation staff on different areas of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford University School of Medicine, including researching and writing overviews of Hospital and School of Medicine programs and initiatives to be distributed internally and externally.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of donor communication strategy and ensure a voice consistent within stewardship and compatible across Foundation publications and collateral.
  • As needed, perform general writing and proofreading duties and research to assist other members of the Stewardship team and Foundation staff.
  • Represent the Foundation to external partners including Hospital and University staff and as such is expected to present a well-groomed and professional appearance at all times.
  • Accept additional responsibilities and assist others throughout the Foundation as needed.
  • Recommend new approaches, procedures, and processes to effect continual improvements in the efficiency of department and services performed.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required.

NOTE: We are a dynamic organization in a rapidly changing industry. Therefore, the responsibilities associated with this position will change from time to time in accordance with LPFCH’s business needs. More specifically, the employee may be required to perform additional and/or different responsibilities from those set forth above.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • 3+ years’ experience as a writer and/ or editor.
  • Exceptional writing skills, including proofreading; ability to translate technical and scientific information into lay language; talent in developing and presenting compelling reports and proposals.
  • Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail.
  • High level of productivity and initiative.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and handle confidential and sensitive information with the utmost discretion.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced and busy environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse staff across an institution.
  • Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to successfully interact with and obtain information from a wide range of stakeholders, including Foundation, School of Medicine, and Hospital staff.
  • Flexibility to work with various stages and types of material; ability to adapt to different forms and styles of communication; ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce error-free work when performing a variety of functions such as writing and text editing.
  • Willingness to travel within the Bay Area as needed using own vehicle or other mode of transportation. 
  • If using own vehicle, a valid driver’s license is required along with an acceptable driving record and proof of full-coverage auto insurance.
  • Ability to work independently in a team environment.
  • Proven ability to be resilient and adaptable in the face of changing priorities.
  • A genuine interest in children and their health.
  • Must present a professional demeanor and appearance at all times.


  • Previous writing experience in a non-profit, fundraising environment.
  • Proficiency with Adobe InDesign and Raiser’s Edge is desirable.



The physical requirements described here are representative of those that are typical in our work environment (with or without accommodation) and may not apply to every position.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is frequently required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to use head and neck in a static position, twisting, and looking in all directions to include up and down. 

The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use whole hand to include fine finger dexterity, reach with hands and arms, and crouch.  

The employee may occasionally be required to lift and move up to 10 to 15 pounds.

Specific vision abilities that may be required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Typical job duties that may require the above physical abilities include:

Conducting presentations while seated or standing; walking to meetings; sitting at a desk; participating in business conversations; filing or retrieving files, reports and books from desks, cabinets, overhead shelves and low drawers; opening and closing drawers, cabinets and doors; using a PC mouse and keyboard; viewing PC screens and focusing between reading materials and the PC screen; engaging in business writing; reading business-related materials; viewing visuals for meetings and interpreting report data by color; answering and operating a telephone manually or using a headset; operating business machines to include telephones, PCs, printers, copiers, and mailing equipment.


The characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee will be exposed to mild to moderate stress levels associated with the performance of the job duties described above. There may be extended periods of computer and telephone use while performing job duties. The employee will be intermittently seated, standing and/or walking during the course of a normal business day. Some local travel using the employee’s own vehicle or other mode of transportation is required. Some long distance travel may be required. 

While the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate, as with most work environments, employees will be exposed to routine office noise including office machines, phones, conversations between employees and/or constituents and visitors in the general office open spaces, offices, conference rooms, on phones, and in break rooms.

As with any office environment, inside office temperatures may fluctuate and although we use Cal/OSHA standards for temperature control, not all employees may find the temperature in their work area to be what they would prefer. Employees should dress appropriately for the temperature in their work area.

Our work environment consists of offices and cubicles, some of which are shared by two or more employees. Office and cubicle assignments change from time to time and employees should not have any expectation that any assignment is permanent.

***The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the position described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position. Other work may be assigned ***

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health is an equal opportunity employer and as such is committed to equality of opportunity for all its employees. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for employees requiring such to perform the essential functions of this position.


The compensation and benefits at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health are very competitive and among the best in the industry. We value and support life and work balance and encourage and support our employees in seeking opportunities to enhance their careers through ongoing development of their skills and abilities.

Level of Language Proficiency


Required:      A college degree or equivalent experience

Preferred:     A Bachelor’s Degree in journalism or communications

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Apply online by submitting a cover letter and resume.

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

400 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 340 Palo Alto, California 94301

Fax (650) 498-7738

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