Prospect Research Coordinator, Intermediate

New Mexico State University
New Mexico, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 19, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time

Prospect Research Coordinator, Intermediate

Las Cruces, NM

New Mexico State University (NMSU), New Mexico’s flagship land-grant and space-grant institution, and the NMSU Foundation seek a highly-collaborative, thoughtful, and entrepreneurial professional to serve as Prospect Research Coordinator, Intermediate. The Prospect Research Coordinator will join a dedicated advancement team, contributing to the Foundation’s growth, and will play a critical role in identifying opportunities to support NMSU community impact, especially for students and faculty. Assists with the coordination of activities related to the identification, research and tracking of University donor prospects. Participates in research activities including data collection, evaluation and analysis. Will work with other Foundation staff to ensure prospects and donors are best served in their pursuit of helping the NMSU Aggie family reach their fullest potential. This is a wonderful opportunity for an accomplished professional to help raise philanthropy at NMSU to the next level and join a vibrant community.

For the NMSU community, private philanthropic support is vital to increased accessibility. The recently-completed Ignite Aggie Discovery Campaign, the largest in the university’s history, raised over $125 million across three distinct pillars – student discovery, faculty and staff discovery, and NMSU achievement. Of the total, $39 million was dedicated for student support, and $56 million was raised for programmatic and research support. With an endowment of over $230 million, NMSU and the NMSU Foundation have a massive opportunity to raise even more for student, faculty, and community success. 

Critical to the continuation and growth of NMSU’s impact, and building off the momentum from the Ignite campaign, the University will rely on talented, motivated development leaders to amplify its fundraising and broader Aggie community engagement strategies. With a new Foundation President joining in Spring 2020, there is an energetic eagerness throughout the advancement team to develop and execute on an ambitious growth plan. To do so, NMSU is looking to attract professionals with the unique balance of success, authenticity, and passion for the New Mexico community.

Ideal candidates will be dedicated, hard-working, and curious. A personal and professional commitment to valuing the differences in who we are, what we’ve experienced, and how we think, is vital. Excellent organizational skills in addition to superior verbal, written and interpersonal skills are essential.

Required Education & Experience

The position requires a bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of direct prospect research experience or three years of professional experience related to the standard duties as outlined.

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University invites you to apply to be a part of a diverse, dynamic and welcoming learning and working environment in Las Cruces, NM. NMSU seeks employees who are creative and flexible in developing and evaluating new ideas and ways to evolve NMSU into the future. Located in the borderlands and adjacent to the mighty Rio Grande, NMSU is a proud Hispanic-serving institution in the minority-majority state of New Mexico. Southern New Mexico features an average of 294 days of sunshine annually, making NMSU ideal for job-seekers who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and bird-watching. NMSU is committed to sustainability through improving and maintaining the quality of human life while preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of ecological systems for the future. We are looking for student-centered employees with a passion for success. NMSU invites you to take the first step to your successful and rewarding career by applying today.

NMSU is New Mexico’s land-grant and space-grant institution, a comprehensive research institution dedicated to teaching, research, public service and outreach. In addition, the NMSU system includes a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, Cooperative Extension Service offices located in each of New Mexico’s 33 counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. New Mexico State University is the institution of choice for more than 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries.

Las Cruces

The City of Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico and is located in Doña Ana County, approximately 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas, and 225 miles south of Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley, the agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas. The Organ Mountains, 10 miles to the east, are dominant in the city’s landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies within a short driving distance of the Mexican border at Santa Teresa, as well as many other locations in the broader borderland region.

Geography, climate, demographics, and ambiance of Las Cruces and NMSU combine to offer a truly excellent place to thrive. Family members will discover a warm, open community that offers an attractive array of activities and outdoor recreation, amenities, services and opportunities, whether they are looking for top-notch education, meaningful employment, or simply a safe and comfortable place to live.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Engage in first level prospect research which evaluates and analyses research data which is then checked by senior researcher.
  • Takes primary research data and develops narratives or summaries for development officers to aid in fundraising efforts.
  • Works with senior researcher to deliver portfolio assignments to annual giving and development officers. Will begin training to develop more comprehensive reports under the direction of the senior researcher.
  • Assists with final prospects list by organizing the identification, screening and rating of potential donors to the University.
  • Analyzes data to support Advancement strategies; organizes and manages data to facilitate decision-making and prospect strategies.
  • Answers questions where possible as it relates to training to users of specialized database software.


  • Completes repackaging assignments which includes putting together information for honorary degree nominations and biographies.
  • Provides input to improve tracking systems that allows reporting on prospect activity.
  • Under the direction of senior researcher identifies new foundations and corporations that might fit various University projects.
  • Assists to improve research strategies and techniques.
  • Assists in assigning, coordinating, and reviewing research on individuals, corporations and foundations using a wide variety of original source material including public documents, legal records, periodicals, computer databases, professional organizations, professional contacts and the Internet.
  • Participates in the maintenance of prospect lists and tracking systems.
  • Serves as resource to staff, development directors for information relating to the research of prospects.


In addition to the abilities to achieve the above core responsibilities, ideal candidates will possess the following qualification and attributes:

  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of prospect research.
  • Knowledge of on-line internet searching.
  • Knowledge of Windows based software.
  • Knowledge of the ethics statement of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA).
  • Basic skill in coordinating the work of others, leading to a more advanced skill.
  • Skill in making wise and creative decisions to present to the senior researcher.
  • Skill in communicating effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to summarize research data reports.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality. 

How to Apply

We only accept applications from our website please use the link below. The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application. 

NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. 

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