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Development Research Analyst

University of Colorado System Administration

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Development Research Analyst

Development Research Analyst - 27603 University Staff 

Who We Are:


System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with a few smaller offices located on the campuses.  Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses, but System Administration is not considered a campus. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty.  Learn more about CU System Administration.

The CU System Office of Advancement provides excellent customer service, strategy, expertise, and efficiency to our partners on CU's campuses and at the University of Colorado Foundation. We support CU's fundraising and engagement goals through advancement operations that include constituent research and development, data management, business intelligence, technical architecture, annual giving, planned giving, gift administration, marketing and communications, IT, budget and finance, and more. We believe that a healthy office culture is foundational to our success. We create this by bringing together a diverse team of colleagues and infusing our core values—Work Together, Think Big, Be Good and Have Fun—into our work every day.

Position Summary:

The Development Research Analyst is a member of the Research & Analytics team, which supports fundraising (or “advancement”) activities conducted throughout the CU community including the University's four unique campuses, System Administration, the President's Office, and the CU Foundation. Research & Analytics is part of CU System Advancement, which provides excellent customer service, strategy, expertise, and efficiency to our partners on CU's campuses and at the University of Colorado Foundation. 

The analyst supports efforts to increase fundraising by identifying new donor prospects, providing fundraisers with timely information on existing donor prospects, using data and analysis to help fundraising leaders inform strategy, and more. They work closely with fundraising partners on campuses and are assigned as a liaison to certain fundraising units. Incumbents are expected to seek opportunities for professional development that enhance job performance, develop and maintain a network of contacts with other prospect research professionals nationwide, and understand and apply national best practices, processes, and technologies.  See Apra, our professional organization, for more information on the prospect development profession.

System Advancement is in the uptown neighborhood of Denver. Occasional travel to campuses to meet with fundraising partners will be expected under either a fully in-office or a hybrid schedule. Incumbents will also need to come into the Denver office for team or other meetings on occasion. System Advancement is assessing our hybrid work norms; our official current policy is that local employees who choose a hybrid schedule spend approximately one day a week in the office or on campus. Most members of the Research & Analytics team are working the hybrid model, and most interaction will continue to be virtual.

This position is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified Staff system and reports to the Assistant Director of Research & Analytics.


Where You Will Work:
This position can be either hybrid (part work from home, part in-office) or fully in-office.
Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado System Administration Office is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Researches, synthesizes, and analyzes biographical and financial information on specific individuals, foundations, and corporations for major gift fundraising needs
    • Follows ethical guidelines to utilize intuitive and creative approaches in all aspects of research
    • Critically assesses information identified to determine relevance
  • Utilizes print, online media, and online vendor tools and screenings to identify new high potential individual, foundation, or corporate donor prospects
    • Locates timely information about alumni, business transactions, market trends, and/or and higher education status or affiliation
    • Identifies potential prospects as related to pertinent situations and projects
  • Serves as a liaison between Advancement and assigned system and campus partners by meeting with stakeholders as necessary to build relationships and effectively collaborate with unit partners
  • Supports CU President with event bios, briefings for personal meetings, prospect lists, and analyses as needed
  • Collaborates with fundraisers and internal partners to research, build, and maintain quality prospect pools and to move prospects through the process of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
    • Maintains an active awareness of organizational vision, mission, goals, objectives, and directions of CU Advancement, the CU System, and its four campuses
    • Participates in strategy meetings to share pertinent information already obtained, determine research needs, and ensure research efforts provide useful information that supports fundraising efforts
    • Participates in trainings with fundraising staff as needed to educate and increase awareness of services and information available through their own efforts, and information that can be obtained through research staff, materials, and databases.
  • Manages request queue, including negotiating deadlines and scope of work, keeping track of upcoming deadlines, and quickly completing low-effort research or training requests
  • Proactively develops new ideas and projects
  • Participates in special projects as requested

Data Analysis, Management, and Maintenance
  • Updates donor database (Ellucian Advance) with information on donors, alumni, and prospects
  • Analyzes, prioritizes, and disseminates results of database screenings with the purpose of informing decision-making and increasing private support
  • Conducts descriptive analysis projects for system and campus fundraising partners and leadership, including analysis of giving patterns, fundraiser performance, pool demographics, etc.
  • Creates data visualizations or narratives and presents on results as needed
  • Maintains a high level of professionalism with sensitive and confidential information

Professional Development
  • Develops and maintains a network of professional contacts with the purpose of cultivating an understanding of national best practices, principles, techniques, and technologies for fundraising performance
  • Learns about technologies, products, and tactics that could improve the effectiveness of the CU Advancement program and applies relevant information to grow and achieve an industry-leading program


What We Offer:

Salary: The anticipated hiring range has been established at $55,000-$56,800

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:
  • Medical: Multiple plan options
  • Dental: Multiple plan options
  • Additional Insurance: Disability, Life, Vision and Wellness
  • Retirement 401(a) Plan: Employer contributes 10% of your gross pay
  • Paid Time Off: Accruals over the year
    • Vacation Days: 22
    • Sick Days: 15
    • Holiday Days: 10
  • Tuition Benefit: System employees have the benefit on all campuses 
  • ECO Pass: RTD Bus and light rail service
  • Additional Perks & Programs: Click here to access a few more Perks and Programs

Click here to access our Total Compensation Calculator to see what your total rewards could be at CU. This position is a University Staff position.

Additional taxable fringe benefits may be available.

More information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at


Minimum Qualifications:

Please ensure your resume includes any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against these qualifications.  You must meet all minimum requirements listed at the time of application to be considered for this role.
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution of higher education or equivalent professional experience (professional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis).
  • One (1) year of equivalent experience related to fundraising, research, data analysis, management, and maintenance

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years' equivalent experience, as stated above
  • Non-profit experience, preferably in a higher education fundraising environment
  • Experience with of Ellucian Advance donor database or similar Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
To be successful in this position, employees will need to know the following:
  • Ability to utilize internet navigation and research tools (e.g., online, print, etc.)
  • Ability to establish and maintain partnerships with development staff
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex financial and/or constituent information
  • Ability to follow ethical guidelines and uphold high ethical standards
  • Ability to deal with confidential material
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, and to be cognizant of and address details.
  • Ability to analyze issues and solve problems.
  • Knowledge of Securities and Exchange Commission documents and financial terminology
  • Proficient personal computer skills, especially as they relate to donor tracking software and the Microsoft Office Suite of products (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)



The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion of the attestation form within the first 30 days after hire date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please attach the following as separate documents to your application:
  1. A cover letter identifying the job specific minimum qualifications you possess
  2. A resume including any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against the qualifications listed in the posting.

Please ensure you check the “Job Specific Attachments” box next to each document on the “Required Documents” page of the application for the appropriate documents to be attached.

When to Apply:

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including email addresses, for up to five references as part of the search process for this position. *Please note: All application materials must be submitted through CU Careers; emailed materials will not be considered.*

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that a verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

ADA Statement:

We are committed to an inclusive and barrier-free search process. We provide accommodations for applicants requesting accommodation through the search process such as alternative formats of this posting.  Individuals with disabilities in need of accommodations throughout the search process should contact the ADA Coordinator at: [email protected].
         Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV     

Job Category: Development 

Primary Location: Denver Department: S0001 -- System Administration - 50206 - Advancement Operations 

Schedule: Full-time 

Posting Date: Sep 28, 2022 

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Josh Brumley Posting Contact Email: [email protected] Position Number: 00802739

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