Research Analyst, Prospect Research

Connecticut, United States
29 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

Research and write qualification reports to determine philanthropic profile of potential donors to support campaign priorities. Compose high-level detailed reports and provide strategic analysis on potential donors to support fundraiser and administrator visits. Work on ongoing research projects as priorities shift.

Conducts complex and independent investigation of biographical and financial information on major donor prospects and on trustees from current or prospective corporations and foundations to assess the quality of potential donors and giving ability based on assets. Monitor economic trends through financial publications and services, SEC filings, corporate disclosures, and trade publications to quantify a donor prospect’s ability to give based on new and pre-existing sources of wealth, and to determine the gift ask amounts and timing of the approach. Prepare analytical reports that summarize and synthesize data and other critical information to be used in creating and cultivating fundraising strategies. Query and provide reports pulled from the database of record. Utilize external data sources to discover and connect potential new donors for ongoing

Essential Duties

  1. Identifies, investigates, analyzes, organizes and evaluates information yielded from a variety of sources to determine a donor prospect’s financial capacity, ability to give, philanthropic interests, and relationship to the University.
  2. Devises research strategies and methods to identify potential donors and/or new donor prospects. Identifies the type of information to look for and determines what relevant donor information (biographical and financial, philanthropic interest, history of previous donations, prior university solicitation, etc.) is needed to craft fundraising and cultivation strategies.
  3. Identifies new sources of wealth and tracks existing sources to strengthen donor relationships with the University.
  4. Analyzes financial publications and corporates disclosures to deepen relationships with current donors and to identify new donor prospects to build a robust University donor base.
  5. Writes donor prospect briefings for development team.
  6. Investigates new donor prospects and constantly re-evaluates and monitors established donor sources.
  7. Participates in planning long – and – short-term development strategies with the team to solicit funds and meet department fundraising targets.
  8. Assesses client needs, manage own schedules. 9. May present lectures at industry conferences.
  9. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree and two years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Ability to review, interpret, and synthesize a large volume of data into clear, concise analysis while working in a deadline-orientated environment.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Strong computer skills.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Superior written and oral communication skills. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality. Ability to deliver analysis with an appropriate balance of brevity and substance and convey financial, statistical, and industry information in accessible language.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Dependable, tactful, good ethical judgment. Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team. Ability to maintain high standards for self and others, take interest and pride in improving skills, surpass expectations and put forth best product as an individual and as a team.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Dependable, tactful, good ethical judgment. Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team. Ability to maintain high standards for self and others, take interest and pride in improving skills, surpass expectations and put forth best product as an individual and as a team.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Background in conducting research using a wide variety of print and electronic sources and materials.

Weekend Hours Required?

Evening Hours Required?

Drug Screen

Health Screening

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check.

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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