Prospect Researcher - University of La Verne in La Verne California

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University of La Verne

La Verne, California

United States


Detailed Job Description

The University of La Verne is a 124-year old, private independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in Southern California with a strong emphasis on values, teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. The University offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels comprised of 11 campuses with the main campus located in the City of La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Regional campuses range from Vandenberg in the North, to Irvine in the South, and from Oxnard in the West to Victorville in the East.

Reporting to the Director of Prospect Management, the Prospect Researcher will assist with the identification, qualification, and research of major and planned gift prospects. This position requires the ability to gather, summarize, and disseminate large volumes of information from numerous sources; and to compose prospect profiles. This role benefits from an understanding of basic prospect management and fundraising principles within a higher education context as well as a commitment to data integrity; and work collaboratively to determine effective methods to achieve team goals. Or accept assignments from Senior Director of Advancement Operations and Services and Vice President of Advancement.

Specific Duties

Conduct extensive research on a constituents and prospects – biographical information, wealth indicators, affinities, and relationship notes with the University of La Verne. Utilize a mix of research methodologies and resources (electronic, internal, hard-copy, outside libraries, courthouse, government records, Internet, etc.) to complete research on prospects and suspects in an effort to identify and qualify individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Collect, analyze, and synthesize information and present it in highly usable forms on a timely basis. Create profiles, bios and project summaries using style, grammar, and content appropriate to the specific audience. 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 the prospect cultivation and solicitation strategy. Append prospect knowledge gleaned through research and analysis, e.g. ratings, interests, and relationships. Recommend strategies for cultivation of major gifts. Advise development officers of interdisciplinary campus relationships, interests, capacity and other areas which influence or impact cultivation and solicitation strategies.

Proactively audit data and work to ensure correct entry of verified data changes to Banner records through Advancement Services and help assure data integrity.

Analyze and assess information from local, national, and international print, online resources, subscription services, financial and philanthropy reports, references (both printed and electronic), other Internet resources and route to staff as appropriate.

Maintain strong skills and knowledge of online research resources, technologies, and methodologies.

Minimum Qualifications

1-2 years of experience in a related professional arena (preferably in higher education) with an aptitude for data analysis in order to identify characteristics of individual, corporate and foundation major, planned and principal gift prospects.

1-2 years of familiarity with the primary tools and techniques for development research (including sources of public records available through online databases, directories and various periodicals).

Preferred Qualifications

Excellent analytical skills to determine information that is critical to the advancement staff in the fundraising process.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to synthesize data from research sources and strategies into concise and meaningful prospect briefs and profiles.

Flexibility to manage multiple tasks and ability to prioritize and work with a high degree of independence.

Benefits Summary

Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.


La Verne Central Campus

Special Instructions to Applicants

Open Date 09/04/2015

Keyword Phrases

  • Prospect Researcher
  • Employer of Choice
  • Diversity & Inclusivity
  • Hispanic Serving Institution
  • Laboratory and Research
  • Business and Financial Management
  • Development and Fund Raising
  • Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Not Specified
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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