Development Communications Specialist

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Full Time



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18 South Michigan Avenue
United States


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The Development Communications Specialist writes and develops communication materials for the Development team to grow PPIL’s donor and supporter base, effectively motivate key audiences, and increase the value and impact of PPIL’s donor strategy. The Development Communications Specialist carefully constructs online and print materials to disseminate information about PPIL, its programs and services, and its advocacy efforts to donors and supporters. 

Through superb writing and attention to detail, this position will craft messaging that appeals to different audiences to increase and support fundraising efforts, strengthen PPIL’s role in the community, and reach a range of audiences. This position is managed by the Director of Institutional Giving 

Essential Functions: 

1. Write, edit, and proofread all donor-facing materials and communications including, but not limited to: solicitations, stewardship materials, acknowledgements, invitations, campaign communications and other donor communications as necessary for both Planned Parenthood of Illinois and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. 

2. Assist with writing and editing donor newsletters, annual reports, and brochures; assist with preparing and editing web and email messages. 

3. Craft talking points, scripts, and remarks for leadership and key staff to effectively convey essential organizational messages to staff, supporters, and donors. 

4. In coordination with Development staff, assist in writing donor solicitations for individual and institutional funders. 

5. Assist in management of the Planned Parenthood of Illinois brand so that all communications represent PPIL in a consistent, meaningful way as (1) a top quality health care provider and an appealing alternative to PPIL’s competitors, (2) as Illinois’ most trusted source for medically accurate, age appropriate, comprehensive sex education; and (3) as Illinois’ leader in advocating for public policies that protect reproductive rights and ensure access to reproductive health care.


6. Participate in effectively drafting PPIL messages and communicating PPIL’s mission through all communications.

7. Assist in executing PPIL’s digital marketing strategy, including the production of electronic newsletters and the coordination of regular emails to donors.

Other Functions: 

1. Work closely with the Communications and Marketing Manager to collect photos and/or videos taken at PPIL events and maintain photo files for ongoing use in donor communications.

2. Work with Development staff to determine the best strategies for effective cultivation and stewardship of donors; participate in Development meetings as needed.

3. Oversee the use of copywriters, designers, consultants, and other vendors as appropriate in executing communication strategies.

4. Generate the Development team slide deck for the monthly staff meeting. 

5. Other duties as assigned.

6. Through these activities demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to PPIL core values of access, activism, care, confidentiality, diversity, excellence, integrity, respect, self-determination, and stewardship; practice these values in relations with internal and external customers.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands and fingers to handle, type, and reach. The employee is regularly required to sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 

Supervisor: Director of Institutional Giving

Status: Full time, exempt from the overtime provision of the wage and salary guidelines.


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required.

Experience:  One to three years of communications and writing experience in a nonprofit setting required. Experience writing a variety of materials that are concise, analytical, and persuasive required. Strong working knowledge of MS Office software. Nonprofit development communications experience is preferred.

Professional qualities: Excellent written and verbal skills are required. Adept at writing for different audiences and producing high-quality products under deadlines. High energy level, organizational skills and attention to detail required. 

Planned Parenthood of Illinois works affirmatively to include diversity among its workforce and does not discriminate in the selection of its staff on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, income, marital status, or any other dimension of diversity. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted directly on the Planned Parenthood website: