Development Writer / Advancement Communications Director, Kenyon College

Kenyon College, a national liberal arts college an hour northeast of Columbus, Ohio, seeks an experienced and versatile development writer to join a talented creative team. The Development Writer / Advancement Communications Director (DW/ACD) draws on an exceptional writing ability to make the case for Kenyon to a varied and sophisticated audience, inspiring engagement and investment from a worldwide family of alumni, parents and friends.

The DW/ACD oversees Kenyon’s ecosystem of advancement communications and works closely with colleagues to ensure strategic integrity across programs and platforms. In fall 2018, Kenyon entered the public phase of a $300 million campaign, and the DW/ACD is the lead writer for an array of print and digital communications — leadership gift proposals, campaign collateral, scripts and multimedia presentations, donor recognition stories, among others. The DW/ACD collaborates with the annual giving, engagement and marketing teams on wider appeals that honor Kenyon’s culture and inspire action.

The communications and advancement teams benefit from a dynamic partnership in their work to strengthen lifelong ties with the College, and the DW/ACD reports to both the Vice President for Communications and the Vice President for Advancement. Engaging alumni and families is a crucial part of the College’s strategic communications program, which includes branding and marketing, traditional and social media, internal communications, and digital and print publications such as and the award-winning Alumni Bulletin magazine.


  • A gifted and flexible writer, able to write persuasively in a variety of formats; ideal candidates will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience writing for a development audience.
  • Experience in developing a cohesive communications strategy for fundraising. A record of achievement that includes evidence of successful planning and effective collaboration.
  • Bachelor’s degree in writing, communications or other related field.

To Apply

Applicants should submit up to three writing samples accompanied by a letter of interest and resume to

About Kenyon

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA/CREF retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the College’s policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law.