Development Communications Associate and Development Writer

The University of Texas at Austin, College of Natural Sciences
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 21, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Employment Type
Full Time

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The University of Texas at Austin is seeking a talented and highly collaborative Development Communications Associate and Development Writer for the College of Natural Sciences.

The UT Austin College of Natural Sciences has 11 graduate programs and specializations ranked in the top 10 nationally, spanning the physical sciences, life sciences, computer science and mathematics. About 350 tenured and tenure-track faculty members teach and undertake research in the college’s 12 independent departments and School of Human Ecology, as well as at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas and the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. The College has the largest student population at UT Austin, with more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is home to award-winning and nationally recognized STEM education programs, including the Freshman Research Initiative and UTeach. Among the College’s faculty are numerous members of the National Academies and winners of the Turing Award, Wolf Prize, National Medal of Science, Nobel Prize and MacArthur Fellowship. The College has more than 78,000 living alumni and a strong base of individual, corporate and foundation donors.


  • Researching and writing compelling content for current and prospective donors, including campaign proposals; donor thank you letters and other stewardship pieces; fact sheets and other donor-facing collateral; as well as content for donor-related web pages and other digital channels.
  • Coordinate with CNS Director of Communications to align CNS communications with UT Austin What Starts Here Campaign case and messaging. Lead development of CNS departments’ campaign collateral.
  • Lead research and writing of CNS donor briefings and meeting plans for UT Austin and College leadership, especially the Dean and Chief Development Officer.
  • Work closely with the Creative Director on save-the-dates, invitations, and other collateral for Texas Science donor events.
  • Other related functions as assigned.
Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in journalism or related field and at least two years of professional experience in a communications, marketing, fundraising or public relations environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong time management skills and ability to manage numerous projects and deadlines simultaneously. Ability to establish strong working relationships with a variety of colleagues and key partners at all levels within the organization. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite and basic knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Three or more years of experience in specialized development work, in particular writing and producing persuasive content for fundraising purposes. Experience working in a stewardship or advancement program. Experience working in development within a higher education environment. Experience creating digital collateral. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite and experience with both the Adobe Creative Cloud and website content management systems.

Salary Range

$50,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions.
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.
  • Work outside of normal business hours may be required on an occasional basis.
  • Work is performed in a shared office environment under dynamic circumstances and competing deadlines.
To Apply

Go to for complete description and to apply for job requisition number R_00016635.

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