Giving to Yale

Science Writer, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Reporting to the operations and stewardship manager within the Office of Development’s corporate & foundation relations and science and engineering team and in support of the sciences, engineering and technology, the science writer will provide comprehensive writing and writing assistance for all stages of prospect management. The primary responsibilities of the position include: assist front-line fundraisers in proposal writing, editing, research, and project management for the sciences and related fields; provide advanced analyses as needed on topics relevant to the sciences; and help develop strategies and methodologies for identifying leading prospects, especially individual donors, with interests in science and related fields. In addition to the responsibilities listed in the Essential Duties section below, the Science Writer will: work with Yale administration and faculty as needed and in conjunction with frontline fundraisers to secure relevant information for written materials and assist in setting strategy to position cases and to present either a concept paper or proposal; conduct pertinent research as needed on past giving, current funding priorities and other aspects of institutional relationships with donors as well as design, develop, and produce ad hoc reports and analyses of science prospects by report generation and manipulation of information systems, including Yale’s primary constituent database; manage independently a well-defined portfolio of prospects with interests in science and related fields; develop stewardship strategies and systems (e.g., annual reports, contacts, computer files, etc.) and undertake follow-up activities; initiate reports, conduct studies, analyze results of solicitations, and handle special projects; and make recommendations to improve the submission of grant proposals and other required reports. 

Essential Duties 

  1. Prepares a wide variety of written materials including grant and gift proposals, briefings, cultivation and stewardship correspondence, and research summaries with significant scientific content for both internal and external development constituents.
  2. Researches and compiles lists of prospects in the sciences and related fields for a variety of purposes, ensuring that all prospect information is accurate and up-to-date.
  3. Designs, develops, and produces ad hoc reports and analyses of science prospects by report generation and manipulation of information systems, including the university’s primary constituent database.
  4. Develops strategy and methodology for identifying leading prospects with interests in the sciences and related fields.
  5. Conducts research on individuals using office data and internet search engines, often partnering with Office of Development research associates.
  6. May perform other duties as assigned.



  1. Demonstrated, superior written communications skills including the ability to write quickly and effectively. Ability to write and convey scientific content with proficiency for an educated lay audience. Editing and research skills.
  2. Demonstrated organizational abilities with strong attention to detail.
  3. Advanced knowledge of MS Word, Excel, database software and reporting, and the ability to conduct data analysis. Knowledge of PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.
  4. Ability to prioritize work, multi-task, and meet deadlines in a team-centered, time-constrained environment.
  5. Professionalism, maturity, and the ability to work with confidential information.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in the sciences, engineering, or a related field and two years of experience in scientific research and/or in project management involving professional scientific writing or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

Advanced degree. Experience in a university setting or with development work; familiarity with Yale.