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Prospect Research Analyst

Company: Virginia Commonwealth University
Date Posted: November 20, 2017

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) invites applicants for a Prospect Research Analyst position. This position reports to the Director of Prospect Development. The Prospect Research Analyst will be responsible for identifying, collecting, and analyzing prospective and existing donors to VCU. The analyst position will conduct biographical, wealth, financial, and philanthropic research on prospects and collaborate on how this knowledge can be applied to fundraising operations. The analyst will utilize public, proprietary, and purchased databases for information to assess and analyze a prospect’s affiliation, capacity, and inclination to give to VCU. Research deliverables including capacity ratings and profiles are thorough and prepared in a timely manner. Collaboration with prospect management analysts and other internal colleagues. Develop and maintain effective relationships with unit clients as well. The analyst will be able to recall, recognize and connect interrelated interests of prospects within the entire university system. The position will routinely perform data entry and is responsible for data integrity of prospect information. The analyst will adhere to research guidelines, methodologies and code of ethics statements as defined by the Association for Professional Researchers in Advancement (APRA), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and other related associations.

Required Qualifications: Must have an advanced degree or training and work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree. The analyst must have the ability to work in a high paced, deadline driven environment. The ability to remain flexible with constantly changing and often opposing demands, while still meeting deadlines is essential. The ideal candidate will be service-oriented, model a positive attitude, be collaborative, creative, and resourceful. Strong research, technical, and writing skills with a keen attention to detail is a must. The ability to exercise discretion and maintain constituent confidentiality while conducting analytical research is required. Ability to work in a team environment. Demonstrated ability to develop proactive prospecting strategies. Must be highly organized, accurate, and analytical. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience working in a nonprofit setting. Previous experience with a relational database, preferably Blackbaud CRM or Raisers Edge, and experience analyzing complex business and financial documents. Previous prospect research or fundraising experience. Experience within the higher education industry. Demonstrated knowledge of prospect research principles, practices and tools.

Application Process: To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and (as one PDF in the “other document” section) three professional references via VCU ejobs at: www.vcujobs.com. Direct link to position post www.vcujobs.com/postings/68229.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.