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Gift Proposal Writer

Houston, TX · Healthcare


Education: Bachelor’s degree required in communication, marketing, journalism, English or related field.

Licenses/Certifications: (None)

Experience / Knowledge / Skills:

  • Minimum three (3) years of experience required.
  • Experience as a major gift proposal grant writer preferred.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent proofreading skills.
  • Works collaboratively and collegially with colleagues to complete projects on time and with high quality.
  • Ability to follow Memorial Hermann Foundation and Memorial Hermann style, culture and editorial and visual branding guidelines.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Ability to learn appropriate levels of information about a broad range of System service lines and areas and synthesize complex ideas into coherent compelling proposals.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to current and prospective donors and Foundation/Hospital business.
  • Ability to perform with minimal supervision, prioritizes assignments to meet deadlines and produce high-quality work with attention to detail.
  • Ability to take initiative and solve problems while being flexible.
  • Ability to collaborate with Foundation team members and build working relationships among a diverse workforce at all levels.
  • Demonstrated good judgement, diplomacy, persuasive ability, and the ability to inspire confidence and cooperation to drive positive results within and across organizational boundaries.
  • General understanding of the need to cultivate and steward prospective and current major gift donors.
  • General understanding of marketing material design.
  • Personal computer and related software skills.
  • Experience in gift/grant proposal writing.
  • Knowledge of fundraising in general.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirement of this position.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the Partners-in-Caring process by integrating our culture in all internal and external customer interactions; delivers on our brand promise of “Advancing health. Personalizing care” through compassion, courage, credibility, and commitment to community.

Principle Accountabilities:

  • In coordination with major gift officers, efficiently and accurately writes effective and compelling gift proposals and grants, stewardship reports and other documents that support fundraising.
  • Synthesizes complex ideas into coherent compelling proposals.
  • Reviews and edits gift proposals and grants and manages the proposal review and approval process.
  • Researches and analyzes information, including current prospect donor data for proposal development.
  • Prepares attachments and gathers materials including photography for proposal design.
  • Assists in planning and preparing communication, including presentations, related to gift proposals and strategic fundraising initiatives.
  • Works collaboratively and collegially with colleagues to complete projects on time and with high quality.
  • Supports other areas of the Foundation team and colleagues with special event proposals, serving as a copy editor and by writing content that supports donor cultivation.
  • Ensures safe care to patients, staff and visitors; adheres to all Memorial Hermann policies, procedures, and standards within budgetary specifications including time management, supply management, productivity and quality of service.
  • Promotes individual professional growth and development by meeting requirements for mandatory/continuing education and skills competency; supports department-based goals which contribute to the success of the organization; serves as preceptor, mentor and resource to less experienced staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors Degree
  • Three (3) years experience in development/special events work in the health care and/or not-for profit sectors or related field
  • Capacity to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with donors, vendors, volunteers
  • Strong writing skills in compelling fundraising proposals, possesses the ability to collaborate with major gifts officers to ensure the best possible fundraising.
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