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Development Coordinator, Writer - The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC

Job Description

Would you like to use your professional writing and storytelling skills to generate support for nursing, engineering and architecture students? How about inspiring audiences to engage with researchers, faculty and alumni who are testing new approaches to climate change, inequity and other world challenges? Or joining a communications team that values talent over job titles?

The Opportunity

This Development Coordinator supports the fundraising and alumni engagement efforts within the Development and Alumni Engagement (DAE) unit of the UBC Faculty of Applied Science. Your compelling copy, proof-reading skills and intermediate graphic design contributions would encourage ever-increasing levels of engagement—and raise the profile of the Faculty in support of its strategic plan.

The Job

As the Development Coordinator, you will:

  • Write donor impact and alumni profiles, online and newsletter articles, stewardship reports, mass e-communications, speaking notes for senior leadership, slide-decks, social media posts and other materials
  • Produce thank-you letters, e-communications, award nominations (these rudimentary pieces will comprise approximately 70 per cent of duties)
  • Prepare and manage timelines and work plans for communications projects, ensuring multiple, overlapping deadlines are met
  • rovide assistance with writing and designing proposals and stewardship reports  
  • Design visually appealing communication materials and digital assets for the unit, including physical and digital signage, newsletters, presentations, promotional materials and event-specific materials
  • Identify and coordinate opportunities with other campus communicators to cross-promote the Faculty effectively across campus

Job Requirements


  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, including communications, journalism, English, marketing or publishing—or an equivalent combination of experience or education in a related discipline
  • Minimum of five years’ experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience in development or alumni writing, proposal or stewardship writing and non-profit development
  • Previous experience with communications/marketing consulting, writing and publishing in high-volume production environment, with both print and web output
  • Professional experience in a post-secondary institution or similar environment an asset

Required Skills:

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities, work effectively independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to adapt writing styles for various outputs, media requirements and audiences
  • Proven curiosity and creativity, willingness to try new communication approaches
  • Excellent knowledge of English usage, spelling, grammar, style and punctuation within the communications or marketing fields
  • Demonstrated experience working with social media tools in an organizational and/or corporate environment including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn
  • Ability to compose correspondence, reports, presentations and other written materials using clear concise business English
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of web design principles, and intermediate knowledge of desktop publishing software (Adobe Creative Suite - Adobe Illustrator and InDesign)
  • Proven proficiency in Microsoft Office products, social media sites and donor databases, with Adobe Acrobat Professional DC and the Microsoft Office suite
  • Demonstrated understanding of communications best practices
  • Experience in creating and delivering messages in various platforms using tools such as video cameras, podcasts and webcasts
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, in addition to developing and maintaining cooperative and productive working relationships
  • Proven understanding of the donor cycle and the candidate’s ongoing role in that critical cycle

Please submit three writing samples. One should be a development proposal, and another should demonstrate your graphic design skills.

Salary range: $57,260 (minimum) - $68,738 (midpoint) - $82,485 (maximum)

Guiding principle:  "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

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