Associate Director, Prospect Research

Apr 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Prospect Research team is part of Alumni Relations and Development's Strategic Information department. The Prospect Research team performs analytical, innovative and collaborative work that drives fundraising activity. The team has a close working relationship with the Analytics and Prospect Management teams. The Prospect Research team focuses on proactive work in the prospect development cycle --identifying, evaluating, prioritizing, recommending and monitoring prospects. The team also serves as a resource on industry and philanthropic trends that influence University fundraising and provides strategic, relevant, and timely information to University leadership and to our colleagues in Alumni Relations and Development to maximize fundraising success. The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact (, the most ambitious and comprehensive campaign in the University's history, will raise $5 billion to support faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students and programs across the University. Launched in October 2014, the campaign supports priorities in every division, school, department and institute, and aims to engage 125,000 alumni and friends over its five-year duration. Please note: This role is located in Harper Court at 5235 S Harper Court - the corner of 53rd Street and Lake Park. For more information:

Unit Job Summary: Associate Director, Prospect Research: Manage all internal operations by actively participating in departmental planning, budgeting and overall program management. Help develop and implement policies. Participate in the selection and management of resources. Manage analysts, including workflow, guidance, performance evaluation and professional development. Interface with staff to determine use of their time according to priorities. Create briefing materials on individual prospects for the President, other senior University officers, and for Development staff university-wide using established templates. Research, analyze and integrate diverse information and data from varied sources, collaborate with colleagues university‐wide to determine the appropriate communication vehicles and language to articulate the President's vision, ideas, initiatives and long‐term goals for the University effectively. Identify new prospects. Develop, maintain and update information on existing prospects. Undertake financial analysis of prospects' and donors' known wealth indicators to assess philanthropic capacity. Understand basic financial principles and read relevant industry publications to learn about and keep current on business trends. Maintain liaison relationships with colleagues. Work closely with offices and fundraising professionals across campus. Represent the department in briefing frontline fundraisers and top officers of the University when required. May support the work of the Vice President's Office, Committee on Trusteeship, Principal Gifts team, international fundraisers and other groups. Hire and evaluate staff. Develop and maintain a local and national network of contacts with other research professionals to maintain a superior understanding of industry standards and trends. Train Research Analysts in research methodologies and department protocols for report writing, research distribution and document management. Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree or higher required.

Unit Experience: A minimum three years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work required. A minimum of two years of professional work experience in prospect research, market research, financial research, legal research or similar work required. A minimum of one year of leading a project team or managing staff required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Applicants must be currently authorized to work permanently in the United States. A current resident of the Chicago area or willing to relocate to the Chicago area required. Demonstrated proficiency in doing research using a variety of online databases and other resources required. Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required. Strong commitment to customer service required. Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required. Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), a Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access required. Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example required. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required. An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well required. Must be flexible and adaptable to new programs in an emerging and changing environment required. Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required. Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends required. Dress code is business or business casual attire. Understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, organization and modus operandi preferred.

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