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Fundraising Writer/Editor

Company name
Catholic Relief Services

Location
Baltimore, MD

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Job Summary

Serves as one of seven writers and editors on the Charitable Giving Division's Editorial team. Works with the Senior Managing Editor and the division's editorial staff to produce quality, compelling, on-brand content about CRS' work and mission to approximately 500,000 (in print and online) CRS supporters in the United States monthly. Writes copy for direct mail and online campaign materials, web pages, scripts, as well as a variety of reports, donor proposals and other materials as needed with emphasis on capturing the human impact of CRS' work in more than 100 countries overseas. Uses editorial skill, judgment and knowledge of agency values and mission to ensure accurate and compelling content, and consistent use of grammar, house style and voice in keeping with best practices and the CRS editorial calendar and guidelines. Substantively edits, proofreads, checks facts and organizes work of other content producers for print and electronic communications projects for timely dissemination.

Job Summary

The Fundraising Writer/Editor serves as one of seven writers and editors on the Charitable Giving Division's Editorial team. Works with the Senior Managing Editor and the division's editorial staff to produce quality, compelling, on-brand content about CRS' work and mission to approximately 500,000 (in print and online) CRS supporters in the United States monthly. Writes copy for direct mail and online campaign materials, web pages, scripts, as well as a variety of reports, donor proposals and other materials as needed with emphasis on capturing the human impact of CRS' work in more than 100 countries overseas. Uses editorial skill, judgment and knowledge of agency values and mission to ensure accurate and compelling content, and consistent use of grammar, house style and voice in keeping with best practices and the CRS editorial calendar and guidelines. Substantively edits, proofreads, checks facts and organizes work of other content producers for print and electronic communications projects for timely dissemination.

Specific Job Responsibilities

With guidance from Senior Managing Editor, acts as a gatekeeper for editorial review processes of a variety of publications and media for Charitable Giving division.

Collaborates with staff writers, fellow editors, internal clients, overseas program staff and others involved in editorial processes.

Edits several hundred projects per year (including donor magazines, annual report, newsletters, brochures and special publications); multimedia materials; and pages for the CRS website, including blogs and photo galleries, ensuring accuracy and appropriate and consistent message. Edits and proofread materials from the CRS President & CEO's office and other CRS divisions or units, as needed.

Develops concepts and provides written content for online and direct mail solicitations, and other materials to engage donors.

Researches, writes, edits, proofreads and checks facts for donor materials for the division.

Regularly evaluates and updates CRS style and boilerplate materials, manages online CRS Editorial Calendar, assists team with editorial resources pages on SharePoint site.

Collects, edits, updates, maintains and tracks human interest stories in online database for use across agency.

Manages web-based internal communications vehicles to facilitate information sharing and project management among agency communicators.

Collaborates with professionals across a multitude of disciplines that include direct response and major gift fundraising; journalism; photography; video production; print design; web design, production and analytics; humanitarian relief and development, Catholic outreach.

Attends meetings and works collaboratively with Charitable Giving, U.S. Operations, Overseas Support Department, Country Representatives, Program Quality and Support

Key Working Relationships:

Internal:

Charitable Giving, U.S. Operations, Overseas Operations, Program Quality and Support

External:

Vendors and Consultants as needed

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired

results.

Serves with Integrity

Models Stewardship

Cultivates Constructive Relationships

Promotes Learning

Personal Skills:

1. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking

2. Excellent project management skills with ability to juggle multiple priorities and meet short- and long-term deadlines without sacrificing quality

3. Excellent judgment, independent decision-making and organizational skills

4. Highly organized with compulsive attention to detail

5. Collaborative problem solving and strong work ethic

6. Ability to make careful decisions that involve others

7. Great interpersonal and negotiation skills

8. Curiosity, humor, high energy level

9. Team player who can work independently

10. Ability to work on multiple, complex projects with a diverse team of colleagues

11. Good understanding of world events, humanitarian relief and development practices

12. General understanding and knowledge of the Catholic Church

13. Working knowledge of private-sector fundraising a plus

14. Spanish, a plus

Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, communications, marketing, international development or related field

Minimum five years' experience editing, writing and managing high-quality written communication projects for general and specialty audiences

Fastidious research, writing and editing skills

Adapts to all varieties of communication, from print to web, news to features, blogs to annual reports, magazines to multimedia, essays to captions

Thorough understanding of editing demands, including track record of successful collaborations with writers, editors, print and web designers, video producers

Expertise in editorial best practices for print and digital communications

Working knowledge of standard style guides (AP, Chicago, etc.)

Experience with technical and/or complex editorial content

Working knowledge of world geography and demographics

Working knowledge of design principles for print, web and infographics

Proficient in software packages, including: MS Word (including all editing functions); Excel; PowerPoint; Adobe; project management tools

Firm grasp of SEO (search engine optimization) and search marketing, a plus

Knowledge of HTML and familiarity with content management/development programs a plus

Photo, video, podcast and other multi-media experience a plus

Writing samples will be required. Writing and editing test will be administered to advancing candidates

NOTE:

All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

EOE

Company info

Catholic Relief Services
Website : http://www.catholicrelief.org

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