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.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Develops, maintains, and updates information on new and
existing prospects, solving problems as they arise.
- Partners with internal constituents to identify specific
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to manage
several projects simultaneously and deliver on priorities
- 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
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set
priorities, and meet short deadlines required.
- Scrupulous attention to matters of discretion and
- Proficiency with the Windows environment and standard MS Office
- 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
- Experience with a higher education alumni database
- 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
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Booth School of Business!
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