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Associate Director, Major Gifts Communications

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Job Title: Associate Director, Major Gifts Communications
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September 29th, 2023
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Looking for an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of patients and families? Join the Brigham and Women’s Development team! As we work together to support this world-class academic medical center and the hospital’s mission of a healthier world, we pride ourselves on being a passionate, mission-driven, community-minded organization supporting the philanthropic goals of the hospital.

This position requires an experienced senior-level writer to partner with frontline fundraisers to strategize, research, write, and edit compelling and engaging proposals, case statements, concept papers, and other written fundraising pieces to advance philanthropic conversations at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

Seasoned and knowledgeable, this individual is a key member of BWH’s Major Gifts team. A consummate professional, they must handle complex topics and confidential information while representing the Development Office to internal and external constituents. The Associate Director of Major Gift Communications will also be adept at managing multiple projects and deadlines and have superb organizational skills and a meticulous attention to detail.

At the Brigham, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community that encourages every employee to bring their authentic self to work. The Brigham and the Development Office are focused on equity and ensuring equal access to employment and advancement opportunities. We seek to embrace the full spectrum of human diversity: race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. We believe honoring all forms of human presence and expression enriches the Brigham community and enables us to understand and meet the needs of our diverse community more fully.

BWH Development Office offers excellent benefits, competitive salaries, and a hybrid flexible work schedule!


Reporting to the AVP of Major Gifts, the Associate Director develops expertly crafted fundraising proposals and other materials that will help the BWH Development Office reach fundraising goals.

  • The Associate Director will conceive, research, write, and edit proposals, emails, case statements, and concept papers for the hospital’s largest individual major and principal gift donors and prospects to support high-priority fundraising initiatives at BWH. Working within the team’s beat system structure, this writer will carry a portfolio of writing projects specific to their assigned beat.
  • The Associate Director will closely partner and strategize with our frontline fundraisers, senior faculty members, and hospital leadership to develop and deliver six-, seven-, and eight-figure funding opportunities by a target date.
  • The Associate Director will be adept at translating complex medical and scientific concepts into persuasive narratives that are appealing to donors, tailored to their individual interests and needs, and present a compelling rationale for philanthropy—inspiring new and continued giving to BWH.
  • They will compile and incorporate comments and changes to proposals from multiple reviewers, using outstanding editing and writing skills to ensure the document’s accuracy, integrity, and consistency.


  • Bachelor's degree and 5- 7 years of writing experience, which would preferably include a combination of medical and development writing, including proposals for six- and seven-figure gifts for high net-worth individuals and/or foundations.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience translating complex medical and scientific information into donor-friendly and engaging language.
  • Excellent organizational and proofreading skills, and attention to detail.
  • Works independently without requiring detailed management review of general work.
  • Maintains a customer service attitude in delivering products to staff and donors.
  • Interest in and capacity for rigorous, science-based content.


  • Writes for varied audiences.
  • Strong interviewing skills.
  • Superior organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Prioritizes time, leads multiple projects simultaneously, and meets deadlines.
  • Works and communicates with a wide range of people —Development Office staff, hospital administrators and leadership, physicians and scientists, influential donors, prospects, and others.
  • Works as part of a team as well as independently. A collegial, collaborative, and detailed style with colleagues in the Development Office and across the hospital is crucial. Ability to exercise sound judgment and display sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy. Proficient at interacting strategically with people from all types of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Thinks conceptually as well as analytically in a fast-paced, complex environment. Handles even difficult situations with a sense of humor.
  • Listens actively as well as to influence and persuade others.
  • Produces clear and consistent documentation, especially in gift proposal writing.
  • Develops and nurtures effective working relationships with key volunteers, clinicians, scientists, and other professionals and lay leadership.
  • Must be motivated to navigate and accept change easily.

Learn more and apply here.

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