Development Writer/Researcher


    Job Summary

    To support Zamorano University in achieving its ambitious plans, the U.S. Office of Institutional Development is hiring experienced staff in areas critical to building a successful fundraising operation. Reporting to the Institutional Director of Development in the U.S., the Development Writer/Researcher will be responsible for providing writing, high-level research, and administrative support to the major gifts and foundation relations areas of the U.S. Institutional Development team. The successful candidate will possess excellent writing skills to craft proposals and correspondence and assist in writing materials for communications/PR purposes; and excellent research skills to help identify and profile individual donors, foundations and corporate funders.

    Essential Duties/Responsibilities

    Research and Writing:

    • Serve as primary writer for individual, foundation and corporate proposals, as well acknowledgement letters, stewardship reports and any other correspondence with donors, graduates in the U.S., and other friends of the University.
    • Assist in writing corporate and foundation grant proposals, funder reports, letters of inquiry, and grant acknowledgement letters.
    • Identify and research foundation prospects for grant proposals; write foundation prospect reports for grants pipeline consideration by Institutional Director of Development in the U.S.
    • Use both standard and innovative prospect research techniques and tools to identify new prospects
    • Conduct research and screening of donor prospects using Foundation Directory Online and iwave and other tools.
    • Conduct literature reviews and research background information, best practices and other required data for proposal development.

    Other Duties and Responsibilities

    • Maintain records of written activity in the University’s database for foundation, corporation, and individual donors.
    • Assist as needed with other Institutional Development activities such as events and meetings in the U.S. as needed.

    Education & Experience

    • Bachelor’s Degree with experience in research and writing.
    • At least ten years of related fundraising experience in the educational and/or environmental fundraising sector, preferably in a not-for-profit or higher education institution.

    Skills and Knowledge

    • Demonstrated ability to identify unknown sources and the creativity to tap into new and innovative sources of information.
    • Technologically proficient and navigates software with ease to realize workload efficiencies.
    • Demonstrated proficiency with databases (such as Raiser’s Edge and Graduway) and with Microsoft Office applications.
    • Strong research skills.
    • Passionate about access to education, climate change action, preservation of natural resources, sustainable agriculture, gender empowerment and/or Latin American affairs.
    • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
    • Highly organized; detail-oriented; an independent thinker capable of prioritizing daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, and completing them with minimal direction.
    • Comfortable with the use of technology, including social media platforms.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and to produce clear, concise, and detail-oriented communications and materials.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
    • Some evening and weekend work required.
    • Competitive salary and excellent benefits.
    • Remote position. Location is flexible, preferably in the U.S.


    A current Curriculum Vitae should be sent to or The position will remain open until filled. Because the evaluation process of candidates will be done as resumes are received, candidates are encouraged to send their CVs as soon as possible. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by July 23, 2021.

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