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Development Research Analyst

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Development Research Analyst
Department Development
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18240
Open Date 12/21/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

As a member of the prospect research team, this position works closely with front-line fundraisers to broaden the University’s prospect base and to maximize the University’s philanthropic capacity. The Development Research Analyst collaborates with a wide variety of regional and school-based development officers to facilitate elevated engagement of prospects whose potential is maximized due to capacity or inclination.

The Development Research Analyst uses ethical and creative research techniques to provide high-level description and analysis on alumni, parents, and friends, and occasionally on corporations and foundations, using a wide variety of biographical, organizational, and financial sources; analyzes and synthesizes accumulated information to assess financial capacity, philanthropic tendencies, giving propensity, and connections to Rice University; communicates the results of research and analysis to front-line officers and makes recommendations on the prospect’s potential philanthropic impact to the University and how the prospect fits into the officer’s portfolio; works to identify new prospects for Rice University with more than $50,000 in capacity by uncovering them within our current prospect base or discovering philanthropists whose interests are closely related to the University’s mission. On a regular basis, the Development Research Analyst meets with assigned front-line fundraisers to discuss the prospects in their portfolio and make recommendations on prospects who might be ready for solicitation, might be increasing their engagement with Rice University, might be ready to be removed from the portfolio, or on prospects to add to the portfolio.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type

In a discipline requiring the study of research techniques and information interpretation.

Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred

Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in liberal arts, library science, or journalism.

Experience Required 1 year
Type of Experience

Development experience.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Experience in higher education or at a research institution. Experience in prospect research or an equivalent field.

Experience with prospect research resources such as (but not limited to) Lexis-Nexis for Development Professionals, NOZA, Hoover’s, Foundation Directory, Guidestar, etc.

Experience with development databases (e.g. Millennium, Blackbaud, etc.).

Knowledge of Houston-area philanthropists, foundations, and corporate community.

Experience in identifying prospects with high potential capacity ($50,000 or more over five years).

Experience supporting prospect engagement, including working with development officers to prepare research, communications, or analysis in support of engagement of prospects.

Experience working in collaboration with front-line development officers to maximize the potential of their portfolio or to develop cultivation or solicitation strategies for prospect households.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

Proven library, research, and analytical techniques, emphasizing the ability to gather, evaluate, and synthesize complex data from various sources and present information in a clear and cohesive manner.

Ability to work independently and proactively, yet function in a collaborative team environment, exhibiting self-reliance, dependability, trustworthiness, good listening skills, and an ability to form effective working partnerships with colleagues.

Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, solve problems, and to meet challenging and changing deadlines.

High degree of professionalism, ethical sensitivity, confidentiality, and discretion.

High level of computer literacy required. Must have advanced working knowledge of the Microsoft Windows environment (Word, PowerPoint).

Skills Preferred

Advanced level of computer proficiency is preferred. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel (chart creation, pivot tables, vlookup, etc.) and Microsoft Access (data joins, data cleaning, data mining) is preferred but not required

Internal / External Contacts

INTERNAL: Frequent contact with senior development staff and development officers. Occasional contact with the offices of the President and Vice Presidents, faculty members, and librarians.

EXTERNAL: Occasional contact with highly placed alumni volunteers involved in the process of validating research results.

Physical Demands

Extensive daily use of the computer.

Working Conditions

Limited travel to attend conferences.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
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Job Duties

Job Duty Name Prospect Discovery
Description of Job Duty

- Discover new potential donors to the University, especially those who have capacity to give more than $50,000 to the university. Qualify prospects for their capacity and for potential areas of interest so that they can be assigned to the portfolio where they are most likely to have successful engagement and solicitation. Work within the Development and Alumni Relations department in a collaborative way to ensure that our prospects are being engaged and cultivated throughout the University.

Percentage of Time 20
Job Duty Name Prospect Management Collaboration
Description of Job Duty

- The Development Research Analyst will be assigned to collaborate with Rice University’s Schools / Department / or Regions to encourage the cultivation of prospects to make certain we were moving them forward, that the management assignment is always the best for the prospects, and that we are promoting prospects appropriately to be building Rice’s philanthropic pyramid. The Development Research Analyst will complete a philanthropic analysis on every prospect researched and communicate the assessment of the information and its meaning to the philanthropic impact the prospect might have at Rice University; collaborate on the development of strategies for cultivation and solicitation through analysis of research data; meet regularly with assigned front-line development officers to review their portfolio and collaborate on maximizing that portfolio’s potential by indicating prospects who are ready for solicitation, have increased engagement, have stagnated and should be removed from the portfolio, or who are ready to be added to a portfolio for new engagement.

Percentage of Time 30
Job Duty Name Prospect Research and Analysis
Description of Job Duty

- Research and write profiles on principal gift ($5 million+) and major gift donors ($50 thousand+) and other prospects in direct response to requests from the University President, the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, development officers, other university professionals, and faculty. Compose documents (profiles, biographies, project summaries) using style, grammar, and content appropriate to specific audiences. Interpret and translate complex financial, legal and corporate language into easily comprehensible terms while adhering to University standards of discretion and confidentiality. Extract and communicate key information which directs cultivation and solicitation strategies.

Percentage of Time 35
Job Duty Name Data Entry and Records Maintenance
Description of Job Duty

- Maintain prospect biographical and prospect management information in Rice University’s advancement database. Organize and maintain prospect research information (computer records, digital files, etc.) so that it can be systematically retrieved and utilized upon request. Share responsibility with the rest of the Research team for monitoring outside news sources for updates on known major gift and principal gift prospects and for discovery of information that will lead to new major gift and principal gift prospects. Maintain active awareness of the important news and events related to philanthropy.

Percentage of Time 15

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline requiring the study of research techniques and information interpretation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have one year of development experience?
    • Yes
    • No