Title:  Director of Philanthropic Communications

Division:  Office of Institutional Advancement
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $86,273 -139,007
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  9822


The Director of Philanthropic Communications is a writing/editing position within the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs (OIAAA) that imagines, creates, and produces a variety of written communications materials to inspire donor support for Baylor College of Medicine. This includes writing cases for support, proposals, grants, and writing for areas that support institutional giving priorities within the OIAAA, such as corporate partnerships, alumni affairs and planned giving. The Director of Philanthropic Communications also writes for digital and print communication outreach materials of the OIAAA, such as newsletters and web microsite. In addition to writing, the Director role will have publication-ready editing and final proofreading responsibilities for select types of communications working with the Senior Director of Philanthropic Communications.


This position reports to the Senior Director of Philanthropic Communications.


Internal title:  Lead, Communications; working title:  Director of Philanthropic Communications

The Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs recognizes the importance of work-life balance. This position has the opportunity to work from home partially as part of our hybrid remote/on-site work arrangement.  
About the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs and Baylor College of Medicine 
The Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs serves the mission of Baylor College of Medicine, the No. 1-ranked medical school in Texas for research and primary care, the largest recipient in Texas of National Institutes of Health research funding and home to the No. 1-ranked genetics department in the U.S.  As part of the OIAAA team, you will inspire donors and Baylor alumni to give through a variety of ways to advance the College's priorities across four mission areas: healthcare, education, research and community.  

OIAAA activities encompass fund development - at all levels up to major gifts - alumni relations, philanthropic communications, corporate relations and volunteer programs. You'll also play a mission-critical role in Baylor's quest to power the future of health, from helping secure funding for cutting-edge cancer research to obtaining scholarships for aspiring physicians, health professionals and scientists. Our success depends on attracting, promoting and retaining top-notch talent like you.   

OIAAA is committed to Baylor's values of respect, integrity, creativity, teamwork and excellence. We strive to maintain a welcoming and supportive environment where you can apply and grow your talents and skills in support of our vision of improving health through science, scholarship and innovation. To go far, we must go together. Consider joining Baylor College of Medicine and its 120-year legacy of caring for Houston, the state of Texas and the world.

Job Duties

- Research, write, edit fundraising communications materials, employing storytelling and development-standard practices, including solicitations, newsletter articles, grateful patient stories, profiles, gift proposals, event collateral, donor presentations, and other various print and digital communication.
- Lead process of submission of grant solicitations through online portals, as necessary, according to the funder’s specs, requirements and timeline.
- Assume a writing beat portfolio of College divisions and departments along with other team writers, developing subject-matter expertise in assigned beat areas. 
- Serve as a publication-ready editor and proofreader for select donor communication, such as stewardship letters, editing for fact, grammar, punctuation, AP Style, tightness and storytelling clarity, and provide editorial suggestions on copy produced by colleagues. 
- Make changes and edits accurately to existing pieces, often incorporating changes from multiple parties simultaneously.
- Collaborate in two weekly writing team meetings and other meetings, as appropriate, to brainstorm, conceptualize and execute projects, ensuring assigned projects are moving forward according to deadlines. 
- Internalize and evangelize across the OIAAA team brand, style and messaging guidelines with the rest of the writing team.
- Schedule, manage, and conduct interviews with internal and external constituents, as appropriate, to effectively tell the College’s story.
- Provide thought leadership for process improvement in OIAAA writing and editing in partnership with the Senior Director.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Six years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

• Seven years of experience in non-profit development writing and editing 
• Demonstrated ability in editing copy for AP Style, grammar, punctuation and storytelling techniques 
• Meticulous, organized, and detail-oriented approach to work
• Demonstrated success working as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships with staff 
• Ability to prioritize, coordinate, and manage own work and make recommendations to the senior director to solve problems independently, effectively and creatively
• Ability to work well under pressure
• Skilled in nonprofit and development writing and editing, with a knowledge of communication and marketing best practices
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a strong attention to detail
• Ability to write and edit compelling, clear, and accurate content for diverse audiences
• Strong interview skill and an ability to easily interact with diverse subjects
• Ability to adapt writing style (voice, length, and tone, for example) to satisfy different objectives
• Skilled in and ability to research content and generate effective copy through interviews, internet resources
• Expert in AP style; strong adherence to grammar, spelling, and punctuation rules
• Skilled in helping translate copy ideas into visuals working with the OIAAA design team 



Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.


Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.