Job Details

Sr Brand Copywriter

Mercy Corps, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 03/08/2019

About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary
Resource Development (RD) staff work in three main areas: 1) raising private funds and cultivating and maintaining relationships with private donors; 2) defining the agency’s brand, raising our public profile and sharing stories about our work by engaging with the media, the public, and our supporters and producing a wide range of online and offline communications; and 3) teaching visitors to our Portland Action Center about issues of global poverty and engaging them in efforts to end it.

The RD team includes several dozen dynamic professionals who possess a wide range of skills. We are database managers, web developers, and digital marketers and public relations experts. We are writers, designers, photographers and teachers. We are fundraisers with expertise in direct response, online, community, major gift and corporate giving. We are specialists in fundraising analysis, stewardship, and prospecting and customer service. Most of all, we are passionate about Mercy Corps’ mission and dedicated to supporting our worldwide team that’s improving the lives of 20 million people in over 40 countries.

General Position Summary
The Senior Brand Copywriter is responsible for creating content that engages our audiences and elevates the Mercy Corps brand. The Senior Brand Copywriter works with the Brand Marketing Team to develop and refine brand and campaign messaging; draft, develop and edit long- and short-form content for social, web and print channels; write scripts; copy edit colleagues’ writing; and is a key creative and conceptual contributor to the overall Mercy Corps brand. This position may require travel to field offices and program sites in remote areas to gather content and conduct interviews.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
Translates strategy briefs into concepts and stories that drive Mercy Corps audiences toward a desired action.
Translates complex issues into compelling and accessible content.
Writes content (long-form and short-form) to support Mercy Corps’ business objectives.
Efficiently leverages audience insights, production realities, and Mercy Corps’ brand story.
Manage or coordinate all writing tasks including developing story concepts, writing treatments and/or creative briefs, draft reviews, proofreading.
Manage and develop a network of freelance writers and proofreaders as needed.
Function with a high level of autonomy and adaptability while working within a flexible and collaborative team setting team setting.
Collaborates with strategists, designers, photographers, video editor and other members of the Brand Marketing Team to concept and develop content.
Work with internal partners across the agency—content strategy, project management, creative, communications, programs and the field—in developing ideas and bringing projects to fruition.
Maintain a deep understanding of brand stewardship to ensure Mercy Corps’ brand voice comes to life consistently across all written communications.

Organizational Learning

As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability To Beneficiaries

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To: Creative Lead

Works Directly With: Brand Marketing Team, Communications Team, Resource and Development Team, Field and Program Staff

Knowledge and Experience

BA/S or equivalent in related field required – English, creative writing, marketing, or advertising.
3 to 5 years of experience writing for a variety of audiences and media – diversified portfolio of writing samples required.
Agency experience preferred.
Track record of using purposeful storytelling to drive organizational impact and business results.
Superior written and verbal communications skills a must. Able to distill concepts and translate technical language into accessible human stories.
Ability to write with a style and voice that is consistent with the brand, while fine-tuning copy to meet a desired audience.
Understands storytelling and marketing copywriting trends across varied media types.
Strong project management skills and attention to detail.

Success Factors

The successful Senior Brand Copywriter is an eternally curious, creative, and ambitious storyteller. They are eager to learn, experiment with new formats, and investigate ideas. S/he thinks about the consumer first, and will challenge strategies and briefs to help the team deliver the best user experience and drive results. S/he will be familiar with Mercy Corps’ mission and will be able to convey a sense of intensity and urgency about the global issues central to the work of Mercy Corps. S/he will be a resourceful, flexible and practical individual who can solve immediate problems while staying on strategy and on schedule.

Living Conditions:

Occasional work in the evening and on the weekends, as well as some domestic and/or international travel required. 10% travel.

Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment

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