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Major and Principal Gifts Writer

Company: The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Provo
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Job Description:

Job Posting Title:
Major and Principal Gifts Writer

Hiring Department:
University Development Office

Position Open To:
All Applicants

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

FLSA Status:

Earliest Start Date:
Aug 10, 2022

Position Duration:
Expected to Continue


Job Details:
General Notes

About UT Austin

The University of Texas at Austin, founded in 1883, ranks among the 40 best universities in the world with top national programs across 18 colleges and schools. The university is an enduring symbol of the spirit of Texas, driving economic and social progress while serving the city, state, nation and world as a leading center of knowledge and creativity. Our work is inspired by the bold spirit of Texas and our commitment to its people.

Learn more about UT Austin's mission and values, leadership and strategic plan.

Why Join Texas Development?

What starts here changes the world. What starts here starts with you.

The University of Texas at Austin is on the front lines of the future: sparking the imagination, driving discovery and transforming lives. And it's only possible because generous supporters believe in the power and promise of our state's flagship university to change the world. We strive to reach the highest levels of achievement and success in all that we do by creating meaningful and powerful experiences for our donors.

Together, through one of the largest fundraising efforts in our state's history, we will unlock student potential, recruit world-class faculty, transform health and care, and create a vibrant future for Texas and beyond. With more than $3 billion raised in the past five years, Texas Development is quickly becoming one of the best fundraising programs in higher education.

Texas Development is a dynamic and growing community of more than 400 team members across the Forty Acres. Like the university we serve, we are committed to promoting a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging along our staff and donor communities. We honor the idea that if what starts here changes the world, what starts here should reflect the world.

Join us and change the world.

Must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer.


Under the direction of the senior principal gifts writer, the major and principal gifts writer will produce gift proposals for principal, planned and corporate giving prospects.


  • Coordinates, develops, writes and edits clear, compelling, persuasive and brand-compliant proposals for principal, planned and/or corporate gifts of $1M and above. Oversees the review and approval process and delivers final products on established timelines.
  • Supports chief development officers and other senior fundraisers by developing concepts and content based on identified fundraising priorities. Conducts independent research and partners with subject-matter experts to develop technical and programmatic content. Develops and maintains current knowledge of university priorities, brand, style and stories.
  • Meets regularly with the associate director for development and director of marketing and communications to determine, prioritize and execute major and principal fundraising projects. Participates in fundraising and prospect meetings.
  • Supports other Texas Development communications projects and goals by providing general writing and editing support for impact reports, internal communications, letters, marketing collateral and other materials that support fundraising and stewardship.

    Required Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree and at least five years of professional experience in nonprofit or higher education advancement/development writing. Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, organization and attention to detail. Proven ability to write for a variety of audiences while adhering to style guides. Ability to self-start, self-direct and exercise good judgment and discretion. Ability to prioritize, manage and organize multiple projects amid shifting priorities and accelerated timelines. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

    Preferred Qualifications

    More than the required years of experience. Experience writing proposals for major and principal gifts. Knowledge of AP style. Experience with project management, project management information systems and/or production workflows. Knowledge of higher education fundraising and Texas' philanthropic landscape. Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud applications and ability to execute light production design.

    Salary Range

    $70,000 + depending on qualifications

    Working Conditions

    Hybrid / Flex working environment.

    Required Materials
    • Resume/CV
    • Three writing samples, including at least one major gift proposal or case for support
    • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
    • Letter of interest

      Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

      Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

      Employment Eligibility:
      Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

      Retirement Plan Eligibility:
      The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

      Background Checks:

      A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

      Equal Opportunity Employer:

      The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

      Pay Transparency:

      The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.

      Employment Eligibility Verification:

      If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



      The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university's company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:
      • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
      • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
      • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
      • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]


        Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

        The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2021 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

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