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Assistant Director, Prospect Research

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 19, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
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Employment Type
Full Time
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The Assistant Director, Prospect Research will conduct biographical and financial research on individuals to support fundraising at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. They will utilize industry best practices to grow the size and quality of the prospect pool, with an emphasis placed on high-level Major Gift ($100K-$4.9M) and Principal Gift ($5M+) prospects. The Assistant Director will produce research and briefings for advancement-related meetings, trips, and events.



  • Creates briefing materials on individual prospects for the Deans’ Office and Office of Advancement leadership using established formats for development-related visits and events.
  • Using internal data and publicly available information, uncovers and synthesizes information on prospects — including professional and educational history, financial capacity, philanthropic interests, and nature of their relationship to the University and Chicago Booth — in order to produce concise research profiles.
  • Recognizes and analyzes wealth indicators and synthesizes diverse information to assess donor philanthropic capacity.
  • Tracks and uncovers information on new and existing Principal Gift and Major Gift prospects using a variety of free and fee-based resources, updates information in database records, and shares updates with frontline staff as appropriate.
  • Identifies new prospects in order to grow the Booth prospect pool, participating in strategic prospect identification projects when necessary.
  • Stays current on industry trends and practices through associations, professional colleagues, and other sources.
  • Develops and demonstrates skill in reading and interpreting complex documents, including regulatory filings, and proficiency in terms used in the financial services industry.
  • Serves as a point of contact to Office of Advancement staff on prospect research protocols and products.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the data available in the University’s constituent database.
  • Proofs and edits colleagues’ documents in accordance with team standards.
  • Develops, maintains, and updates information on new and existing prospects, solving problems as they arise.
  • Partners with internal constituents to identify specific research needs.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.






  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to manage several projects simultaneously and deliver on priorities required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in efficient and effective internet search methodologies required.
  • Excellent written, verbal, analytical, interpersonal, and presentational skills and the proven ability to synthesize and accurately present relevant information to myriad constituencies required.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet short deadlines required.
  • Scrupulous attention to matters of discretion and confidentiality required.
  • Proficiency with the Windows environment and standard MS Office suite required.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends on occasion required.  
  • Experience with a higher education alumni database preferred.
  • Two or more years of experience in prospect research, university advancement or alumni relations, nonprofit operations, or related discipline preferred.
  • Knowledge of the University of Chicago or the environment of a similar size and scope preferred.



Interested candidates should apply directly to the University of Chicago job board. Only applicants that apply directly to the job board will be considered for the position. If the link does not send you to the job posting please copy and paste into your web browser. Thank you for your interest in The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business!



The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information, please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. Academic job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email with their request. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or email with their request.

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