Development Research Analyst
Basic Functions: Identify and qualify prospective individual, corporate and foundation major donors consistent with the university's priorities and objectives and ensure the existence of a continuous supply of prospects to support and meet ongoing fundraising goals.
Essential Job Functions: Analyze and assess information from numerous sources and present results in a clear, concise manner. Evaluate research results to develop and implement further research strategies, working independently, proactively, and in collaboration with divisional team members. Write documents (profiles, briefs, memos) using styles, grammar and content appropriate to the specific audience. Participate in and contribute to the formation of policies related to the processes and procedures of prospect management and related infrastructure support activities, using independent analysis and judgment. Prioritize work and manage multiple deadlines and priorities. Research and review requests/information related to identification of specific donors/prospects; evaluate annual, major giving, foundation giving and giving capacities; recommend project or interest funding; and identify new prospects on an ongoing basis to augment major, annual, and foundation and corporate prospect pipelines. Perform other tasks as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a related field. At least one year of experience in prospect research, development, library research, financial research, legal research or related field. Knowledge of English language and grammar. Word processing and data entry experience required including experience with the Microsoft Office suite of products. Excellent analytical skills as well as a proactive persistence to follow spontaneous leads. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion. Good problem-solving skills and ability to work under pressure.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in prospect research, development, library research or related field, preferably in an academic or non-profit environment. Ability to work in a detail-oriented environment. Highly developed sense of curiosity, perseverance, and attention to details. Commitment to the professional ethic statements by APRA and CASE. Familiarity with data mining concepts and techniques. Advanced computer knowledge especially Word and Excel. Knowledge of online prospect research tools. Experience or familiarity with Banner and/or Cognos.