Writer, Leadership Gifts

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Negotiable



Start Date


Application Deadline



New York
New York
United States


Requisition ID: req2784

Job Title: Writer, Leadership Gifts

Sector: Fundraising

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 28 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

IRC's Global Partnerships and Philanthropy (GPP) department is responsible for the global delivery of the International Rescue Committee's private sector resources (financially contributing circa USD200m per annum, as well as key partnerships and influence that support our mission), and plays an important strategic role in the creation of IRC's brand, awareness and support for its advocacy goals.

The IRC's strategy centers on its ambition to continue to improve the scale and effectiveness of IRC programs worldwide with evidence of what works best to impact people's lives in conflict and fragile settings. GPP comprises colleagues and teams delivering marketing, account management, leadership gifts, board liaison, corporate partnerships, brand stewardship and communications to support this work. These colleagues are primarily located in the USA at present - but IRC plans to significantly expand its global fundraising footprint. Other colleagues within IRC are also deeply engaged with private funding & partners - in particular within Europe, US Resettlement and field programs - and we need to work in close integrated collaboration to ensure best use of resources and highest impact for IRC.

GPP has begun delivering a new radical and ambitious 2020 Private Sector Engagement (PSE) strategy that will enhance IRC's ability to 'punch above its weight' in income, partnership and awareness. At the same time - believing that the root of our success lies in a high performance team and culture - we need to build our internal infrastructure, ensure we build a strong global team, a dynamic culture, a forward thinking ethos, and establish 21st century analytics, reporting, operational and business management practices that will help us achieve our ambitious goals.

Job Overview/Summary:

The Writer, Leadership Gifts will be the third member of a strong writing team supportingthe Leadership Gifts team in achievingour ambitious revenue goals. S/he will be able to make an exceptional case for supporting the IRC by developingpowerful emergency communications, compelling and customized proposals and reports, and other stewardship collateral that convey the impact of private donations. With a deep understanding of Leadership Gifts'donor audiences,s/he will synthesize complex information into language that resonates witheach individualdonor and key stakeholder. Collaborating with department leaders and fundraisers, s/he will be a deft project manager who will take initiative, working on multiple projects simultaneously.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Research, write, and edit a range of materials for donors and prospects, including leadership communications, proposals, and stewardship reports for principal and major gift donors. For each of these deliverables, synthesize and translate complex content into compelling and accessible narratives that align with donor interests, priorities, and knowledge.
  • Maintain a keen understanding of IRC's funding priorities, and fundraising opportunities. Persuasivelycommunicate the organization's mission, values, and scope in all donor materials ensuring they are effectively organized and presented, and create compellingand credible content that is consistent with IRC values.
  • Monitor media and communications content for relevant information pertaining to IRC leadership, advocacy and/or programs-as well as developing emergencies and crises-to keep the broader Leadership Gifts team informed and ready to be able to respond to donor inquiries. Draft timely emergency communications for major donors, including principal level donors and Board and Overseers as required.
  • Adapt writing style and content with the author, purpose, and donor values and relationships with the IRC;
  • Provide final line-editing and polish for donor and prospect materials.
  • Collaborate skillfully with writing colleagues within Leadership Gifts and partners across the IRC to ensure the accuracy and completeness of writing content.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:Associate Director, Donor Relations
Position directly supervises:

Indirect Reporting: N/A

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: SeniorDirector, Leadership Gifts, LG, IPP and GPP colleagues, President's Office, Communications

External: IRC major donors and prospects

Job Requirements:

Education:Bachelor's Degree in English, International Affairs, Communications,Marketing or related field.

Work Experience:3-5 years of progressive relevant experience, non-profit experience and /or knowledge of fundraising preferred.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals;
  • Ability to synthesize and translate complex programmaticcontent into accessible language;
  • Exceptional relationship-building and collaboration skillsboth within a team and throughout an organization;
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail;
  • Clear-thinking and efficient under the pressure of deadlines and multiple, simultaneous priorities;
  • Ability to meet deadlines;
  • Commitment to IRC's funding priorities, mission and values.

Working Environment:This role requires working remotely full or part-time (i.e., telecommuting). Applicants must have a home or alternate workspace they can effectively complete their work from during regularly scheduled hours.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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