The purpose of this position is to conduct web-based and print prospect research to identify and qualify prospects (individual, corporate, foundation) for major gifts to the University to aid achievement of the University's fundraising goals. Using ethically-based industry standards, the prospect researcher will utilize a wide range of biographical, organizational, and financial resources, including web-based subscription services, Internet websites, and other external sources to identify new prospects and complete donor information requests. The prospect researcher will collect, synthesize, and analyze information to gauge giving capacity, inclination to make philanthropic gifts, briefs and reports. This position will serve all fundraisers at all campus locations. The prospect researcher must safeguard the confidentiality of donor information at all times and adhere to ethical and confidentiality guidelines established by University Advancement. This person must maintain the professional and ethical standards set forth by the Association of Prospect Researchers for Advancement (APRA).
Experience in research methods and information retrieval, evaluation and selection of relevant data; interpretation of financial records and reports; use of computers for various purposes, business communication, business writing and reports. Strong written and verbal communications skills, attention to detail, aptitude for logical thinking, a commitment to professional ethics, experience in a non-profit environment, particularly higher education and ability to work with sensitive and confidential information is absolutely necessary. Experience in interpersonal communications, working with others in a team environment also essential. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, expecially Word and Excel, is vital. Experience conducting prospect research is desirable. Strong analytical skills including the ability to analyze and interpret business and financial data, as well as real estate data; multiple task management; time/material management, ability to work congenially in a complex academic institution, computer competence, organizational skills, data analysis, written and oral communication skills. Skilled in proofreading, report writing and data analysis. Some college is required.
A desire for success in results oriented project/event management. Satisfaciton in and desire to communicate with others (both written and oral). Flexibility and friendliness. Maturity and good judgment. Aptitude for research. Inquisitive and persistent. Satisfaction within a team environment. Well-organized, service-oriented, self-starter, excellent verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, positive, high integrity, able to maintain highest level of confidentiality.