Development Communications Coordinator


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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £33,376 - £37,682
  • REF: PRS00115
  • Closes: 15th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

Do you have a gift with words and a track record of delivering high quality communications? Can your storytelling skills help inspire philanthropists to make a donation in support of research and education initiatives with the potential to change the world?

We are looking for an exceptional Development Communications Coordinator to deliver communications and copywriting to support ambitious fundraising goals.

This is a new role which is fixed for one year to provide additional support at a busy and exciting time for the Advancement Division at Imperial College London.

About us

The Advancement Division is responsible for securing support for the College by building strong relationships with alumni and friends. The Supporter Engagement Team comprises three strands of work; Development Events, Development Communications and Donor Relations. The post sits within Development Communications.

Duties and responsibilities

You will work across the university and take on a wide range of communication tasks – spanning both printed and digital. These will include writing fundraising proposals; contributing to promotional materials for fundraising priorities; writing case studies to illustrate the impact of philanthropy at Imperial; and creating new digital content (web copy, video content) for fundraising and donor stewardship purposes.

Working in a team of three, you’ll use your creativity and storytelling skills to craft communications that support frontline fundraisers in connecting with prospective donors and inspiring them to make a gift to Imperial.

It goes without saying that you’ll need strong writing skills and the ability to produce accurate and engaging copy to tight deadlines. Much of your day to day will be spent on desk research and copywriting, but you’ll also need to be someone who’s comfortable in reaching out to colleagues across the university to get the information you need. That could mean calling a donor for a quote, interviewing an academic on technical aspects of their work, or quizzing fundraisers about their donor’s interests.

You will need to be methodical and structured in your thinking, and able to take and work to a tight brief. But we’re also looking for someone who can bring creative flair to the role: curiosity, playfulness, and an eye for a good story are important too.

Essential requirements

You will have experience of delivering high quality communications and writing copy to an agreed brief. You will be able to prioritise and work under pressure, producing excellent work to tight deadlines. You will know how to structure complex information to make it engaging for readers and will be comfortable in carrying out desk research to provide additional context. The post-holder will be able to work with staff at all levels, including senior colleagues and College leaders. While able to work independently, you’ll enjoy being part of a team, and be able to give and receive critical feedback on draft copy/communications.

Further information

This role is full-time and fixed-term for one year.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Daniel Mapp

We reserve the right to close the advert prior to the closing date stated should we received a high number of applications. It is therefore advisable that you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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