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Philanthropy Communications Specialist

req # 111595 Location Beachwood, Ohio Facilities CC Administrative Campus Professional Area Philanthropy Department 3923 Philanthropy Institute-Philanthropy Institute Jobcode T26134 Schedule Full Time Shift 8:00am-5:00pm

Job Details

Crafts messages and materials for donors and prospective donors at every stage of the fundraising cycle including, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.


  • Acts as lead on specific development communications initiatives. 
  • Writes clear, accurate and persuasive copy that helps prospective donors understand how their gifts can/have made a lasting impact.
  • Gathers written and visual content on healthcare programs, medical research and Cleveland Clinic initiatives for current and prospective donors.
  • Synthesizes content into compelling, donor-centric materials that align with the tone and brand of Cleveland Clinic
  • Manages multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring that all internal and external deadlines are met.
  • Prepare articles, proposals, stewardship and grant reports on research and patient programs, briefs of philanthropic giving opportunities and other fundraising-related materials.
  • Writes letters, scripts and reports for target audiences including donors, prospects, physicians and patients.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Crafting persuasive and compelling pieces of development communications, including print and digital storytelling pieces
  • Grant writing
  • Grant management and reporting
  • Requires working nimbly on tight deadlines
  • Prioritizes well competing project demand and deadlines
  • Managing production and vendor relationships


  • Bachelor’s degree required.


  • None required.

Complexity of Work:

  • Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment, and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to work in a stressful environment and take appropriate action.
  • Maintains relationships and collaborates with all necessary partners and clients while maintaining a high level of customer service and satisfaction, and anticipating the needs of internal and external clients.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years of professional writing experience required, preferably in a non-profit setting.
  • Excellent written communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to excel in a highly interactive, dynamic team environment.
  • Experience in creating communications strategies and implementing communications plans.
  • Ability to establish and maintain friendly and cooperative relations with individuals contacted during the course of work, (e.g., corporate executives, volunteers, staff physicians, etc.).
  • Ability to excel in a highly interactive, dynamic team environment.
  • Ability to distill down extensive amount of information and data into high-level, effective prose and ability to write creative and persuasive stories.

Physical Requirements:

  • Manual dexterity to operate office equipment.
  • Ability to lift and transport up to 15 pounds.
  • May require extended periods of standing, walking or sitting.
  • Good visual acuity through normal or corrected vision.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment as required.


keywords: grant writing, communications, fundraising