– Identify new prospects and qualify existing prospects in support of University fundraising priorities using prospect research sources, analytical tools, and relevant methodologies.
– Oversee annual and ad-hoc electronic wealth screenings, prepare data for screening, review and assess screening results, and conduct prospect identification.
– Generate and maintain fundraising priority and/or cohort specific lists, as requested, for use by members of the Office of Development.
– Collect, analyze, and present statistical data on individual and institutional giving, donors, alumni and other fundraising metrics in an accurate, informative, and effective manner.
– Work with team members, manager, and department director to analyze internal data requiring high attention to detail and utilizing analytic techniques and tools to prepare effective and highly polished work driven by business goals and requirements.
– Assist with drafting and editing of presentations and reports relating to current donor pool and other database segments as requested.
– Maintain research and prospect information within the Development database; ensure data quality by communicating appropriate changes and updates to the Alumni and Donor Records department.
– Review online and print publications and contribute prospect related or industry specific articles to weekly Research department newsletter distributed to Development Office staff; participate in regular department review of news sources including subject area/industry specialization and expertise.
– Synthesize information from different sources in a timely manner; be customer oriented; interact with members of the Development office to ensure research needs are appropriately identified and addressed.
– Coordinate, prioritize, and complete work in collaboration with department manager, department director, and other members of the department to ensure work is aligned with and informs the priorities and strategic goals of the Office of Development Research.
-Participate in Research department projects and initiatives; assist with special projects as required, meeting project deadlines.
Applicants must have a minimum of three to five years of experience in prospect/development research, or an equivalent amount of professional experience in an analytical, research or information specialist role within an academic, nonprofit, corporate or consulting setting.
-Excellent attention to detail and high degree of accuracy.
-Ability to use technology to gather, organize, interpret, and present data.
-Proficiency at understanding wealth indicators for an individual as well as retrieving and analyzing financial data.
-Experience preparing clear, concise reports summarizing research for a variety of audiences.
-Experience with database management and data extraction tools preferred.
-Experience with web-based research as well as database operations and usage.
-Experience with statistical programs, data mining, and comprehensive analysis preferred.
-Analytical acumen necessary to interpret and manage data.
-Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to interact effectively with diverse groups.
-Strong interpersonal skills; as well as strong initiative and self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and in teams within a customer-service oriented environment.
-Advanced proficiency in the Microsoft Office, in particular thorough knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint.
-Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and handle sensitive information and material in a discretionary manner.
-Organizational skills to handle several projects simultaneously, accommodate shifting priorities, and meet deadlines.
-Understanding of philanthropy (mission, practice, trends) and fundraising practices (the development cycle, prospect management policies and practices).
-Knowledge of and commitment to the values and mission of Princeton University and higher education and the goals and guiding principles of the Office of Development.