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Memorial Hermann Health System

Gift Proposal Writer

Houston, Texas


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Title Gift Proposal Writer Location 929 Gessner Road, Houston, TX 77024 Category Fund Development (Foundation) Type Full time Requisition 100110826 Date posted 07/14/2021

At Memorial Hermann, we’re about creating exceptional experiences for both our patients and our employees. Our goal is to provide opportunities for our diverse employee population that develop and grow careers in a team-oriented environment focused on patient care.

Every employee, at every level, begins their journey at Memorial Hermann learning about the history of the organization and its established culture built on trust and integrity. Our employees drive this culture, and we want you to be a part of it.

Job Summary

The gift proposal writer reports to the Associate Vice President of Major Gifts and supports the major gifts team in pursuit of principal and major gifts donations. This individual writes coherent, organized and compelling proposals to support an array of fundraising solicitations of individuals, foundations and corporations made by major gift officers. This individual has strong skills in writing compelling fundraising proposals, possesses the ability to collaborate with major gifts officers and others in order to ensure the best possible fundraising ask and at times, to assist with other fundraising projects.

Job Description


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.
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