Another Source’s client, the University of California, Irvine, is recruiting an Assistant Director of Prospect Research to join their Prospect Development team. This is a remote position with the expectation of meeting on-site once a year.


In 1965, the University of California, Irvine was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service. A top public university, UCI has become internationally recognized for improving lives through research and discovery, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community. Today, UCI continues to inspire change and pioneer new ideas with the support of its generous partners, alumni and friends.


The Prospect Development team strives to provide strategic, scalable, and actionable intelligence to deepen the university’s essential relationships with its family of faculty, students, alumni, parents, staff and friends. Through strategic, data-driven intelligence, proven research methodologies, and best-in-class service to our Development community, the Prospect Development team collaborates with its development partners in their goal to provide the best philanthropic life cycle experience for each individual donor as well as robust pipeline development. From portfolio enhancement and broad-based analysis to identify macroscopic prospecting and institution centric trends, to personalized research providing critical contextual intelligence for development officers, the Prospect Development team seeks to strengthen the prospect pipeline and have a positive impact on fundraising goals for our partners.


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The expected pay range for this position is $74,000- $80,000

About the role:

Under the direction of the Senior Director, Prospect Development, the Assistant Director, Prospect Research will provide specialized, high quality prospect research and analysis using a variety of sources and strategies, to provide accurate, timely, and strategic information to fundraising staff on prospective donors to University Advancement with emphasis on Major Gift Prospects for Development. The Assistant Director will create prospect profiles and reports on potential donors through the use of electronic resources and printed reference materials and will provide extensive analysis and data in reports, including an evaluation of results and recommendations for cultivation strategies. They will liaise and strategize with assigned portfolio of Development Officers to assess information needs and effectiveness of research. The incumbent is expected to utilize a wide range of resources for research, including printed materials, online databases, community resources, existing files and records, and networking opportunities. Incumbent will also be expected to participate in professional development activities to stay abreast of current trends and practices in the field of prospect research. Proven ability to perform duties with excellent customer service and teamwork is required.


Breakdown of the role:

50% – Partners with assigned fundraising staff to provide research intelligence, in the way of on-time analysis, biographical reports and capacity analysis to help maintain robust portfolios and status relative to overall goals.

20% – Monitors documentation entered by development community, follows-up, and identifies when appropriate to escalate. Verifies accurate documentation and reporting. Maintains and enhances database. Improves data quality by maintaining and enhancing our CRM to build biographical details on prospects and updated capacity and intelligence proactively.

10% – Contributes to identifying prospect strategies, donor stewardship plans and event strategies to achieve campaign and annual goals and to advance donor relationships.

10% – Proposes, executes, and coordinates recommendations to improve existing research operations.

10% – Works with entire team on data projects, development specific projects and works collaboratively to problem-solve.



Required Qualifications:

3-5 years of progressively more in-depth experience in prospect research, development, fundraising, market research and /or relevant experience.
Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Thorough knowledge of prospect research techniques, tools and data analysis.
Thorough knowledge of confidentiality, regulatory and university policies governing research activities.
Strong technical skills to utilize and manipulate database, biographical, financial and other research systems and tools. Ability to extract information and generate reports from complex databases. Familiarity with research data interpretation such as SEC, Real Estate and Compensation documentation.
Ability to extract information and generate reports from complex databases.
Familiarity with research data interpretation such as SEC, Real Estate and Compensation documentation.
Strong skills to evaluate issues and identify solutions within defined procedures and policies. Proven ability to address problems and suggest solutions through critical thinking processes.
Proven ability to manage a project through to completion while performing a wide variety of tasks, adapting to changing priorities, deadlines and directions.
Experience in use of software applications; Microsoft Suite, Teams, Word and Excel, and demonstrated experience using major online in-house databases in a fundraising environment, preferably at a University or Health System.
Experience creating precise, detailed, and analytical reports from a large volume of research.
Comfortable with technology, learning new tools and adapting to innovative solutions to Prospect Development processes.
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction.


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