Writer and content editor employment with the Van Andel Institute

Position Summary
The Content Writer/Editor works within the Van Andel Institute’s Communications and Marketing department, our in-house agency for the Institute’s research, K-12 education, graduate studies, and philanthropy groups. They will serve as project manager, content writer and editor for print and digital materials, and will be the lead author of executive remarks and talking points.

This position will work closely across departments to create compelling and inspirational donor publications, annual reports, proposals, impact reports and other written materials in support of the Van Andel Institute. They will manage the entire publishing process, from content creation and project management to approvals, design and printing.

The Content Writer/Editor will help write newsletters, events and campaigns and use storytelling to develop persuasive content that inspires people to take meaningful action in support of VAI’s research and education efforts .

This position supports the Institute’s efforts to ensure consistency with VAI’s mission, vision, brand, design and delivery. The Writer/Editor will be part of a multifunctional and dynamic communications and marketing team and will report directly to the Director of Communications and Marketing.


  • Serve as content contributor and project lead for multiple donor publications each year, including (but not limited to) VAI’s annual report, bi-annual donor magazine, impact reports and advocacy campaigns call.
  • Coordinate content generation and confirm approvals across the Institute.
  • Create compelling and timely content about VAI’s research and education initiatives, fundraising priorities and results for use in print, electronic and other communication channels. Create personal and meaningful philanthropic stories that inspire action.
  • Organize information for effective presentation in publications, websites and other media.
  • Create compelling and timely content for donor proposals, appeals and ongoing information materials in coordination with the C&M and Philanthropy teams.
  • Manage multiple writing projects, often requiring tight deadlines, for print and digital uses.
  • Liaise between C&M and Philanthropy teams to develop annual appeal and stewardship communications. Interface with other departments to develop materials and obtain approvals.
  • Write talking points and remarks, much of it in support of events and philanthropy.
  • Assist in the proofing of Institute documents as part of the C&M proofing process.
  • Contribute to other C&M projects as needed.
  • Perform other assigned duties.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, Communications, or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of writing experience for development/fundraising, communications, media relations or related field. Preferred nonprofit experience.
  • Understanding of branding and positioning, and how to apply them to donor materials.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and proofreading skills. A keen eye for detail. Ability to adapt material to various audiences and purposes.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment within a highly collaborative team. Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite applications and mastery of the publishing process. Knowledge of the Adobe suite is a plus.

Why choose the Van Andel Institute?

The Van Andel Institute (VAI) is a hub of ideas and advances fueled by a community of 35 professors and over 400 scientists, educators and support staff, each of us deeply connected to the work we do and powered by an urgent desire to make a difference.

We understand that attracting top talent means providing exciting work and high-quality benefits that meet personal needs. Our benefits are designed to give you peace of mind for your well-being and to support our diverse and changing lives outside of work.

VAI also operates under a flexible/hybrid work model, providing as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles and provide stability, social cohesion, identity and belonging. We believe that by providing this flexibility, our employees will continue to innovate and connect with the work we do and ensure that we are driven by an urgent desire to make a difference.

The Institute is located in Grand Rapids, fun, affordable and family friendly. Located on the banks of the Grand River, Grand Rapids offers all the big-city excitement you’d expect from a metropolis of one million, with hundreds of restaurants and nightclubs, theaters, museums, sports and concerts. The safe and clean downtown area is surrounded by an eclectic mix of walkable neighborhoods.

With a boom in the medical and life sciences industry, strong entrepreneurial activity, a dedication to green building and living, and innovative employers, Grand Rapids’ diverse economy continues to grow, providing opportunities for outstanding careers, green building and living, and innovative employers.

Does this sound like you? Apply now!

If you want to join this community of brilliant minds who share a relentless curiosity and a deep commitment to making the world a better placesubmit a cover letter and resume in one combined PDF file by visiting here!

If you have any questions about the application process or working at VAI, you can email Eric Miller, Director of Talent Acquisition and Employee Engagement at [email protected] .

At the Van Andel Institute, the health and safety of our employees is our number one priority. As a condition of employment at the Van Andel Institute, all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Complete vaccination” is defined as two weeks after the administration of two doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after the administration of a single-dose vaccine.

VAI is committed to achieving excellence by increasing diversity. We actively encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups.

The Van Andel Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EEO) and Vietnam-era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA).

As the Van Andel Institute is a drug and alcohol free employer, all potential new employees undergo a urine analysis/drug test as part of our pre-employment process. It is a 7 panel drug screen and it includes tests for Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Opiates, PCP, Barbiturates and Benzodiazepines.