Development Research Analyst
The Development Research Analyst is responsible for independently
performing research, analysis, and presentation of financial and
biographic information on major donor prospects (capacity of $25K+)
in support of a comprehensive fundraising program. Curates initial
written report and continuing maintenance of research findings to
help inform strategy used in cultivation of major donors to support
University funding and donor interests. This position leads the
production and execution of the preparation of event briefs for
Proactively develops and implements processes to identify new
prospective major donors to the University. Regularly reviews and
prioritizes newly identified prospects and presents recommendations
to senior leadership to help build the pipeline of potential
University donors. Assists with prospect management and oversight
of development team portfolios and prospect assignments.
- Interpret and synthesize large volumes of information and
complex financial, legal and technical language into easily
- Independently analyzes and assesses extensive and complex
financial, philanthropic, and biographic data including property
acquisitions and sales, securities, and other wealth indicators to
identify and qualify major gift prospects.
- Compile and strategically curate highly customized biographical
and financial research, and writes a variety of research documents
and reports for University leadership, frontline fundraisers, and
other internal clients to help build donor relationships and
increase giving to Pacific.
- Develop effective research strategies to utilize an expansive
set of resources and to refine further intelligence-gathering
techniques. Evaluate research tools and emerging technologies and
keep abreast of trends in the field of prospect research.
- Refine and utilize gift capacity models to calculate potential
of individual donors to provide major and leadership level
- Creates strategy and implements processes for continuing
identification of potential new donors to the University and is
responsible for effective presentation of newly identified
prospects to senior leadership and frontline fundraisers.
- Utilizes constituent data and predictive modeling tools to
identify prospective donors for Development officers to qualify,
cultivate, solicit and steward.
- Participate in the maintenance and utilization of the prospect
management and research components of the Development data systems
which currently include Ellucian Banner, Argos, Advizor and
- Proactively identifies constituents and prepares detailed
profiles for critical leadership roles such as Regents and Advisory
- Determines key constituents for Presidential and Vice
Presidential consideration and provides materials for leadership’s
personal meetings with constituents in a timely manner.
- Train users on donor and research related platforms, processes
- Takes proactive steps to remain informed of current best
practices in Prospect Research and Management. Responsible for
researching tools and sources to streamline and improve the
research process interacting through professional research
organizations and active participation in listservs to develop and
maintain a network with peers.
- Assists in the implementation of Prospect Management procedures
and collaborates with the associated team to help build and
maintain robust portfolios for frontline fundraisers.
- Ensures research related data is accurately stored in
University data systems and electronic files. Ensures storage of
research related information adheres to all national, state, and
University privacy standards and information security
- Works with other University Divisions and departments
(including but not limited to Admissions, Registrar and University
Library) to maintain accurate constituent and prospect
- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and
inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and
employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that
demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways
socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality,
socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and
- Bachelor’s Degree (Two (2) years of full time experience in the
same/similar position is equal to one (1) year of completed post
high school education coursework).
- One (1) year of experience in research and writing.
- Computer and internet literate and proficiency in Microsoft
Word and Excel.
- Two (2) years of experience as a prospect researcher.
- Two (2) years of experience in a detail oriented environment
where professional writing is conducted; Prospect Research and/or
Development experience preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to think critically and analytically.
- Ability to compile, write, and present reports and prospective
donor analysis displaying attention to detail.
- Encompass traits of good judgment, confidentiality and
discretion in communicating with colleagues and constituents.
- Experience in a university or nonprofit fundraising
- Functional knowledge of database systems, preferably Ellucian’s
Banner system or other fundraising software and programs.
- Exceptional written communication skills.
- Strong verbal communication skills.
- Ability to be flexible in working independently as well as
collaboratively with University Development, Alumni Relations,
academic faculty and staff to achieve defined goals.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize workload, manage
multiple projects concurrently, and meet tight deadlines.
- Ability to make independent decisions and exercise sound
- Positive attitude, proven ability to work successfully with
diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to promote and
enhance diversity and inclusion.
- Knowledge of fundraising principles and able to participate in
a complex Development program, especially within an educational
- Demonstrated experience maintaining the security of
confidential and sensitive information, preferably donor or
- Demonstrated experience in an operation that utilizes a
prospect management and tracking system.
- Demonstrated experience conducting research on individuals,
corporations and foundations.
- Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse
backgrounds and cultures.
- Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity,
and inclusion in a university setting.
- Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices
and knowledge in their work.
The physical demands described here are representative but not
definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
Requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist
motion while using computer keyboard and phone. Occasional
standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching.
Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.
Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:Work is primarily performed in a
standard office environment with use of computer and phone.Work
performed during standard business hours. Additional hours may be
required to meet business needs or deadlines. Occasional travel for
professional development conferences and seminars.
$23.90 - $31.67 per hour. We consider factors
such as, but not limited to, scope and responsibilities of the
position, candidate’s qualifications, internal equity, as well as
market and organizational considerations when extending an
Background Check Statement:
All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment are
required to execute a release and authorization for a background
To apply, visit https://pacific.peopleadmin.com/postings/26896
University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal
opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In
compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is
committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff
and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in
the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff
on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry,
age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and
veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy,
gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical