Analyst, Prospect Research

About The Unit: 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: Analyst, Prospect Research: Provide information, analysis and strategy to support effective fundraising and alumni relations programs for the University. Working collaboratively with the team, the analyst helps increase the size and value of the prospect pool. Using a variety of electronic and print resources, develops and synthesizes information on prospects to provide information regarding background, career, financial capacity, philanthropic interests, and provides context regarding prospects' relationships with the University. Undertake financial analysis of wealth indicators to assess philanthropic capacity. Analyze industry and philanthropic trends to influence gift officer strategies. Create briefing materials on individual prospects for the President and other Senior Leaders using established formats. Create full background summaries and biographical sketches for meetings and events. Proof and edit teammates' documents. Maintain collegial working relationships across the University. Possess the ability to share confidential prospect information with colleagues University-wide in a strategic and focused manner. Communicate with gift officers to evaluate research needs. Take the lead on special projects as needed. Present information to colleagues at meetings. Work with colleagues to develop strategies for cultivation and solicitation meetings. Attend annual conferences. Maintain a local and national network of contacts with prospect researchers and other development professionals. In addition to the ability to perform the aforementioned duties, an ideal candidate would also be detail oriented, have the ability to be change gears quickly, see the big picture, and ask appropriate questions to help focus the Research team's work. 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 of two years of professional work experience in fundraising, development, alumni relations, donor relations, nonprofit management, research, marketing, communications, sales or similar professional work experience required. Professional work experience in prospect research, market research, financial research, legal research, international research, translation, library sciences or similar work preferred.

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. 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 Ellucian-Advance/Griffin, 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. Flexibility and adaptability 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 of business or business casual attire required. Familiarity with at least one professional advancement membership-based organization (AASP, APRA, CASE) preferred. Fluency in one or more languages in addition to English preferred. Understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, organization and modus operandi preferred.

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