Program Assistant V: Prospect Research Associate

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Program Assistant V: Prospect Research Associate
University of San Francisco

USF Hilltop Campus

Job Title:
Program Assistant V: Prospect Research Associate

Job Summary:
Reporting to the Co-Director, Prospect Research (PR), this position is for the person that enjoys online investigative research with a penchant for prospect research. Using a variety of resources available to the Prospect Development department (PD), the Research Associate will use a systematic approach to identify potential prospects to further the mission of the University's fundraising efforts. By increasing the pool of potential gift donors, the Research Associate is an integral part of the development cycle at USF.

Full Job Description:
The Prospect Research Associate will play a critical role in identifying and filtering information on prospects in order to enhance the ability of Development Officers and University Leadership to successfully acquire support for the activities of the University. As an integral member of the PD team, the Prospect Research Associate will contribute to implementing a comprehensive program of prospect identification, providing high-level background research, financial and demographic information and capacity evaluations, and executing a wide range of development research activities to support campus-wide fundraising programs.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist and advise the PD unit in locating, documenting and filtering information that is critical to securing gifts to the University.
  • Assist in planning, coordinating, and managing departmental research projects.
  • Proactively and independently plan and execute creative strategies to identify new prospects for the university using creative research techniques and electronic searching methodologies.
  • Provide targeted prospect lists to allow for geographic profiling.
  • Provide high-level research including locating of biographical, philanthropic, professional and financial information of donors and prospects.
  • Identify, document and prioritize current and potential prospects and input data into tools to help assess their ability and affinity to philanthropically support University of San Francisco.
  • Prepare briefings for visits, trips, and events in a timely and effective manner.
  • Maintain expertise on research techniques and resources by attending conferences, seminars, and participating in professional societies.

  • Post high school education preferred.
  • Training or experience equivalent to two to five years of increasingly responsible work experience or related education.
  • Minimum two years' experience in prospect research, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Advanced prospect research skills.
  • Thorough working knowledge and understanding of best practices related to prospect research and fundraising.
  • Able to produce a high volume of information from a variety of sources; record and authenticate data in order to interpret financial data and individual wealth indicators; identify philanthropic patterns and relationships among individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Ability to identify and interpret assets.
  • Knowledge of capacity rating systems and demonstrated experience providing capacity estimates.
  • Working knowledge of current prospect research technologies and databases.
  • Experience using information databases and search techniques related to prospect research.
  • Experience conceptualizing developing and implementing proactive prospect methodologies to identify potential gift donors.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with proven ability to successfully interact and collaborate with varied constituencies in a professional manner.
  • Skills to present complex materials and concepts to management, peers and campus-wide fundraisers.
  • Knowledge working with Salesforce or other relational database.
  • Decision making skills to prioritize tasks, manage time, anticipate problems, manage multiple projects and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Advanced computer skills.

Full time

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The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco's first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.” For more information, visit

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Job No:
Posted: 7/22/2019
Application Due: 8/15/2019
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