Philanthropy Assoc Specialist - Research

The Philanthropy Assoc Specialist - Research will report to the Senior Director of Prospect Research and Management at the University of Kentucky. The Philanthropy Assoc Specialist - Research is responsible for identifying, researching, and analyzing information attributed to individuals, foundations and corporations (potential major, special and advanced gift prospects) in the preparation and presentation of various reports to be used by the University of Kentucky Office of Philanthropy staff, college philanthropy officers, Deans, key volunteers, and the President's Office. The Philanthropy Assoc Specialist - Research provides necessary research to carry out various fund-raising programs and objectives on behalf of the University of Kentucky, while ensuring that all research conducted is accurate, comprehensive and produced on a timely basis. The Philanthropy Assoc Specialist - Research will assist the Senior Director of Prospect Research and Management with managing the day-to-day operation of the Research Department and serves as a mentor for the Research Analyst. The Philanthropy Assoc Specialist - Research must at all times exhibit professional conduct and ethics. She/he must demonstrate utmost respect for the confidentiality of the information and act with honesty, integrity and accountability in every effort they undertake on behalf of the University of Kentucky and its constituents.

Job Title
Philanthropy Assoc Specialist - Research

Requisition Number

Working Title
Philanthropy Assoc. Specialist - Research

Department Name
14000:Office Of Development

Work Location

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education


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Required Related Experience

4 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Sitting for long periods of time at the desk and repetitive motion tasks. Attend meetings on and off campus.Travel around country attending conferences and workshops.


Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


• Some supervisory experience or experience providing work direction is preferred.
• Proactive, goal-oriented individual with ability to plan, direct, implement and monitor programs and projects effectively.
• Strategic planning skills with ability to develop fundraising strategies.
• Knowledge of standard industry resources such as Wealth Engine, Lexis-Nexis, ResearchPoint, DonorScape, and Dun & Bradstreet, and proficiency with all MS Office products.
• Utilize appropriate tools for visual data analysis (e.g. Excel, Tableau, Advizor, Visual Analyzer).
• Experience using the database Millennium and the Reeher Platform is preferred.
• Ability to work independently and with people collaboratively. Requires a self-motivator as well as the ability to work as part of a team.
• High degree of integrity, ethical decision-making and sound business judgment; awareness of and adherence to APRA Code of Ethics and AFP Donor Bill of Rights.
• Well-organized, with exceptional attention to detail and follow through.
• Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to manage multiple priorities.
• High degree of competency in writing and interpersonal communications.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Master's degree

Deadline to Apply

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As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe your most successful partnership with a philanthropy officer, including gifts closed as a result of your partnership.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * How many professional philanthropy officers have you worked with at any one time, to fill their portfolios, monitor their prospects, and support their fundraising efforts?
    • None
    • 1-3
    • 4-8
    • 9-12
    • 13 or More
  3. * How many years have you worked as a higher education philanthropy research professional?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 6 years
    • More than 6 years, up through 10 years
    • More than 10 years
  4. * What are the major changes and trends in the methodology of prospect research over the past 10 years?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents