Senior Writer

Ascendium Education Group

Ascendium (formerly Great Lakes Higher Education) promotes postsecondary success in a variety of ways: We’re one of the nation’s biggest higher education and workforce training philanthropies, awarding tens of millions of dollars per year in grants to colleges, researchers and other change makers aimed at helping more low-income learners—a disproportionate number of whom are students of color and first-generation students— complete postsecondary and job training credentials. We help student loan borrowers avoid and recover from the devastating impact of default. And we develop and market products and services that help colleges better support their students’ financial well-being.

Position Details

Senior Writer
Southwest Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Versatile writer needed to join award-winning communications team at mission-driven organization

Are you a seasoned and talented writer who enjoys crafting and delivering compelling messages about the work of mission-driven nonprofits? Do you thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment where highly skilled creative types juggle multiple projects, adapt to constantly shifting demands and always have each other’s backs? Are you passionate about the role postsecondary education and workforce training can play in expanding life opportunities and reducing inequities? If you find yourself nodding enthusiastically upon reading those questions, we may have a job for you as a SENIOR WRITER at Ascendium Education Group.

We’re looking for a talented wordsmith to help us grow and refine how we communicate about our philanthropy to peers, practitioners in the field and various other stakeholders. You must have proven writing chops and a knack for translating complex issues and solutions into concise text that engages a range of audiences.

The individual we bring on board will serve as one of our primary writers on projects related to our grantmaking, from web content to newsletter articles to reports on key issue areas, and more. We are preparing to roll out a new grantmaking strategy this spring, and you will play a key role in presenting our evolving philanthropic vision to the world. As a member of the writing team, you’ll also produce a variety of other kinds of copy for both internal and external audiences as the need arises, which may include anything from employee emails to HR policy documents. You will be expected to apply the right voice and tone to each unique assignment while maintaining the highest standards of technical proficiency. You should be comfortable writing in the language of mission, vision and values while recognizing when to inject a bit of levity and pizzazz.

These are the qualifications we’re looking for: 5+ years of experience in nonprofit communications, journalism or other professional writing fields, with bonus points for previous experience with philanthropy and/or postsecondary education. Top-notch storytelling skills. Exquisite creative, critical and conceptual thinking. Ability and willingness to edit and proofread material at various stages of development. Terrific organizational, problem-solving and coordination skills. Superior knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation

Ascendium Education Group employees enjoy an outstanding benefit package designed to provide employees and their families with a high degree of security.

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