State Policy Network is a coalition of 64 state think tanks representing all 50 states, over 66 state allied organizations in key capacities (like litigation, journalism, and advocacy), and more than 90 national partners, all dedicated to the principles of liberty and federalism. SPN exists to make these organizations better, faster, and stronger than if each worked alone. The power of the Network is in scaling critical state and local solutions, so they spread from state to state, leading to national impact.
About the Role
State Policy Network is looking to expand its Development Communications capabilities by bringing on a Development Writer responsible for creating compelling content to inspire supporters and potential supporters to invest in our work. The Development Writer will be responsible for driving critical writing projects and communications channels that tell the story of the organization’s mission, achievements, and the transformative power of our 50-state Network.
We are looking for a strong writer who has a keen eye for detail and the ability to wade through depths of information to find stories, facts, and visuals that resonate with a donor audience. Experience working in development or creating impact materials for supporters is a strong plus in this position. The position reports to the Senior Director of Development Communications and resides on the Development Team. This is a full-time virtual office position anywhere in the United States.
Written Products for Supporters: Develop written materials that communicate SPN and our Network’s impact, including:
- Impact reports
- Email marketing for donors
- Stories for SPN.org
- Letters (not direct mail housefiles, but info-mailings)
- Brochures and “about” materials
- Our flagship quarterly donor magazine, SPN News
Project Management: Drive the production of communications products so that they are timely and high quality.
- Coordinating written projects to ensure deadlines are met
- Work with other team members (designers, copy editor, program staff, and managers responsible for review) to execute the moving pieces
- Ensure that the product is free of factual or grammatical errors and accurately reflects SPN’s voice and brand
- Work to communicate the status of projects so that the development team knows when to expect them and how best to use them
Collaboration: Work across different teams in the organization, including development, communications, and program staff, to gather information and insights for compelling narratives.
- Building relationships with staff to learn stories and intel that helps build compelling narratives for SPN
- Work with others on staff (primarily operations and foundations staff) to gather important metrics and wins that communicate impact
Attention to Detail: The products produced must meet our rigorous standards.
- Conduct thorough fact-checking to ensure the accuracy and credibility of all written content
- Maintain a high level of attention to detail in writing, editing, and proofreading to produce error-free materials
- Ensure products meet SPN brand standards with an eye for what’s appropriate for a donor audience, network audience, and general audience
- 5+ years working in development communications, general communications, marketing, publishing, or related field.
- Experience writing for a donor audience or a background in nonprofit fundraising is strongly preferred but not required.
- Exceptional attention to detail and strong fact-checking skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ability to tell stories and write persuasive communications.
- Genuine curiosity and an eagerness to work across teams to find information.
- Strong organizational and project management skills.
- Ability to travel 4-5 times a year for team meetings and events.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials (in order) in one PDF document:
- Cover letter describing your interest in the position and qualifications, alignment with the mission of SPN, and salary requirements
- Writing sample (no more than two pages)
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.
Questions can be directed to Lydia Ocampo, Outreach Manager at Talent Market, who is managing the search process: [email protected].
There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.