About ALSF

Staff Writer

Our Vision is to cure childhood cancer, one cup at a time.

Your Vision is to use your critical-thinking skills and remarkable talents to make a difference in the world.

Join Team Alex and let’s work together to give kids fighting cancer the childhood and future they deserve!

Job Description:

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer. Her spirit and determination inspired others to support her cause, and when she passed away at the age of 8, she had raised $1 million. Since then, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. Today, ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada having raised more than $150 million so far, funding nearly 1,000 research projects and providing programs to families affected by childhood cancer. For more information, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

The Writer will generate and repurpose content as well as edit and manage the production of written materials for a variety of platforms for the Foundation. This includes writing copy designed to inform and engage supporters to take a stand for kids fighting cancer. The writer will share stories about families impacted by a childhood cancer diagnosis and the groundbreaking research being funded by ALSF. In addition, he/she will use their creativity and skills to promote events, national fundraisers and other ways people can get involved with this important cause. The writing produced will support the advancement of the organization's goals and convey the mission and key messages to various constituencies (*with the exclusion of press releases, media alerts, press inquiries and social media communications). 

In this high-impact role, you will report directly to the Communications Manager and work closely with ALSF staff members in developing and adhering to an annual calendar that includes a fast-paced and high volume schedule of targeted communications. You will create and compose communications materials across a wide array of initiatives, including (but not limited to) fundraising materials, special events collateral, e-mail campaigns, website content, sponsor relations, annual appeals, and donor communications. The ability to develop unique voices that can speak to various audiences in a creative, meaningful, and memorable way will be key to succeeding in this role. Additionally, the ability to work in a dynamic and growing organization, within a small department, and follow timelines but respond to immediate/urgent requests is necessary.

Working under the direction of our Communications Manager, you will be responsible for:

  • Writing and editing a wide variety of content across print and digital platforms in a clear, engaging and conversational style to appeal to ALSF’s supporters and motivate them to take desired actions
  • Interviewing childhood cancer researchers and families affected by this disease to develop interesting case studies and success stories to share with supporters and potential donors.
  • Contributing to the creation of content for other digital and print communications efforts by writing or editing stories, articles, interviews, promotional copy and e-mail marketing messages
  • Ensuring that material developed is factually and technically accurate, as well as interesting and engaging
  • Serving as a fact checker and proofreader for all written projects
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned

Desired skills:

  • Strong writing, interviewing and editing skills, with the ability to adapt tone and style to engage specific audiences (e.g., supporters, families, businesses, teachers, medical researchers)
  • Ability to write clearly and comprehensibly about complex ideas
  • Exemplary copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Experience writing print and digital communications
  • Experience with scientific writing a plus
  • Knowledge of AP style
  • High degree of professionalism and sensitivity when interviewing families, supporters, or researchers to develop stories to share with donors or when writing about Foundation constituents
  • Proactive, organized and detail-oriented

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, English, Writing or related field
  • 3+ years developing a variety of written communications pieces, including website content, for varied audiences
  • Impeccable writing, editing and proofreading skills with the ability to write/edit in a variety of styles and to draft materials on a wide range of topics for diverse audiences
  • Experience in interviewing a variety of people and gathering and synthesizing information from many sources
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of oral and written communications
  • Excellent relationship development/management skills to determine the most effective proposal and presentation materials to foster effective relationships and communications among staff and supporters
  • Ability to translate complex language and ideas into language easily comprehensible to non-specialists or general public
  • Excellent judgment on a wide range of issues in written and verbal expression, style, tone, length, organization, etc.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task while maintaining attention to details and deadlines
  • Strong team player
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and to maintain confidentiality

The successful candidate will thrive in ALSF's unique environment and will have the opportunity to make significant contributions to our continued growth. This is a full time opportunity with a competitive salary and benefits package.

If you are interested in joining the Team Alex please submit a resume and cover letter describing your experience, interest and why you are the right fit for this position, including your salary requirements, to [email protected]. In the interest of expediting our process, only candidates who submit cover letters with resumes will be considered.