As the first public, college-preparatory boarding schools in the U.S., SEED’s mission and approach to education are unique. SEED schools are tuition-free and, by design, serve traditionally underserved students. Our schools and graduates are supported by The SEED Foundation. The SEED Foundation provides programmatic and operating support to SEED schools in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Miami, and soon Los Angeles. The SEED Foundation’s College Transition & Success (CTS) team provides intensive, individualized support to each SEED graduate from their junior year of high school through their college graduation. The success of the SEED model has been showcased in media outlets and publications such as 60 Minutes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and in the documentary film Waiting for “Superman.” President Barack Obama hailed SEED as “a true success story.” For more information, please visit www.seedfoundation.com.
The SEED Foundation seeks a Development Writer to work closely with front-line fundraisers across the SEED Network and program staff to tell the transformative stories of our work. Specifically, we are looking for someone to take the lead in creating fundraising proposals, impact reports, donor communications, and other written collateral.
SEED is at a pivotal and exciting point in its evolution. This is an ideal position for someone who wants to leverage their strong storytelling and copy-editing skills and to partner with multiple stakeholders to develop compelling communications to convey SEED’s results and impact with our donors, volunteers, students, families, and other key constituencies.
Responsibilities & Duties
● Collaborate with The SEED Foundation development team and other SEED departments to conceptualize, write, and produce compelling and informative collaterals, such as annual reports, direct mail solicitations, social media posts, videos, talking points, and PowerPoint presentations.
● Assist with the preparation of correspondence from the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Development Officer to key donors and prospects.
● Write and edit content for the website and for SEED’s email marketing program, including email appeals, The SEED Foundation’s monthly e-newsletter, and the SEED schools’ quarterly e-newsletter.
● Assist with the production of invitations, flyers, and other marketing materials for SEED events such as the SEED Graduate Institute (SGI) and the SEED Summit.
● Prepare or edit and customize existing grant proposals for institutional funders and major donors.
● Prepare stewardship reports and materials to enable donors to understand and appreciate the impact of their donations.
● Partner with The SEED Foundation development team to create a cohesive marketing and communications plan each fiscal year.
● Create compelling and timely content about SEED’s priorities and results for use in print, electronic, video, and other communication channels.
● Compile data and produce presentations for meetings, board reports, etc.
● Leverage key engagement metrics across platforms to optimize content, messaging, and distributions.
● Bachelor’s degree or higher in journalism, communications, public relations or a relevant field.
● 4-6 years of experience in writing for development/fundraising, media relations or a related field.
● Excellent written and verbal communications skills. (Candidates selected to interview will be required to complete a written performance exercise.)
● Strong attention to detail and copy-editing skills.
● Ability to “ghost write” for senior officers and other Foundation leaders.
● Experience in gathering information by means of interviews, database research, etc.
● Experience multitasking and taking ownership of various, major and long-term projects with multiple stakeholders.
● Hands-on experience with Content Management Systems (i.e. Squarespace).
● Service oriented. You cooperate easily with staff and vendors and work across departments to meet needs as a positive team player. Stakeholders respect you for your knowledge and abilities and find you both approachable and responsive.
● Great listener. You take the time to learn what’s valuable and important to others. You confidently engage with staff at all levels to define needs and expectations.
● Discreet. You are professional and consistently maintain a high level of confidentiality.
● Effective communicator. Your communication is clear and direct, both written and oral.
● Proactive with great follow through. You take full responsibility from start to finish. When you say you’ll get back with someone, you do.
● Process oriented. You can effectively and efficiently manage multiple tasks and manage timelines. You are known for how you “get things done.”
● Creative. You have a curious mind that constantly challenges why things are done in a certain way, follows through with smart and creative solutions, and provides alternatives.
● Collaborative. You enjoy working in a cohesive team environment where everyone works hard.
● Adaptable. You can anticipate and respond to change in a fast-paced environment. You are willing to learn new ways of approaching your work to achieve better results.
● Judgement. You have impeccable judgement and know how to work well with a wide-range of internal and external constituents.
● SEED is changing lives. Join us to be part of an organization that is helping under resourced students achieve their full potential by helping them to earn a college degree
● SEED recognizes that its most important asset is its growing team of smart, creative, collaborative, forward-thinking passionate professionals and that a comprehensive employee benefits package is an important factor for them in choosing where to work. SEED offers competitive compensation along with an extensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage; life and disability programs; tuition assistance; and matching 401(k) contributions.
● SEED is metro accessible and is centrally located to allow our team to take advantage of professional networking opportunities, cultural offerings, and a thriving social scene in downtown Washington, D.C.
The SEED Foundation is committed to the letter and spirit of equality. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in hiring and employment, nor in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and other programs.
As the first public, college-preparatory boarding schools in the U.S., SEED’s mission and approach to education are unique. SEED schools are tuition-free and, by design, serve traditionally underserved students. Our schools and…
The SEED Foundation offers a competitive benefits package which includes but is not limited to: medical, dental and vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, commuter benefits, EAP services, 403(b) with an employer match, PTO, sick leave and 15 paid holidays.
The SEED Foundation offers a competitive benefits package which includes but is not limited to: medical, dental and vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability…
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