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Assistant or Associate Director of Prospect Research

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Type: Full-time
Campus: Mount Carmel - Hamden, CT
Categories: Staff

Overview: Quinnipiac University's Development and Alumni Affairs invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Director of Prospect Research. As a member of the Advancement Services team, reporting to the Senior Director of Prospect Development, you will be responsible for the proactive identification and qualification of prospective donors amongst various constituencies.

The Assistant or Associate Director will provide research and analysis on wealth capacity and giving inclination of prospective donors with the extraction and analysis of complex biographical and financial data from both internal and external sources for use in the preparation of donor/prospect profiles and detailed briefing materials for the University President, Deans, and other senior leaders.

While maintaining and expanding a qualified prospect pipeline, the Assistant or Associate Director of Prospect Research will provide ongoing updates to prospect research, wealth screening, capacity ratings and other materials to support frontline development officers' cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts. You will assist staff regarding research tools and training, fundraising strategies, prospect management and other institutional objectives, within the context of the research and share responsibility for updating the department database within the context of prospect management needs. You will lead the development, implementation, and process improvement of a modern prospect research program that evolves with the university’s changing needs and models industry best practices.

The final position title will be commensurate with level of experience.

About Quinnipiac:

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,800 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in more than 140 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Computing and Engineering, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report's America's "Best Colleges" issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in The Princeton Review's "The Best 387 Colleges." Quinnipiac has been named a "Great College to Work For" as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. Please visit for more information. An education at Quinnipiac embodies the university's commitment to preparing graduates for 21st-century careers and citizenship, creating an inclusive, excellence-driven community, nurturing and positively impacting internal, local and global communities, and fostering lifelong connections and success. The university believes in educating a diverse student body to become valued and contributing members of their communities through vital and purposeful educational programs. Students engage with real-world issues through practice and considering different perspectives. The university's innovative curriculum further prepares undergraduate and graduate students to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community as well as the larger national and global communities.
  • Prepare detailed donor/prospect profiles and briefings for university leaders and front-line fundraising staff for development calls/meetings as well as strategic department events
  • Conduct proactive research to identify new funding sources that align with university fundraising priorities by compiling biographical and complex financial information on individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Identify and evaluate the philanthropic capacity for the parents of incoming students
  • Respond to research requests; update, maintain and distribute weekly Prospect Research Activity Reports
  • Perform wealth assessments and assign ratings based on publicly available information, including insider stockholdings, real estate, salary estimates and general demographic assessments
  • Maintain the Research Shared Drive with file organization, regular updates and maintenance
  • Deliver a weekly, monthly and quarterly tracking report on new prospects, trends and activity as directed
  • Work with front-line fundraisers and the Senior Director of Prospect Development updating prospect portfolios, prospect management moves and prospect activity.
  • Collaborate with Alumni Affairs team in identifying strategy for alumni news announcements, events and other department initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned to meet departmental goals and objectives
Education Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • A minimum of 2-5 years of research experience, preferably in higher education
  • Ability to interpret, analyze, and summarize biographical and complex financial data into detailed reports for university leadership
  • Advanced understanding of search strategies, including on-line databases, electronic screening tools and subscription-based analytic research tools
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft Word and Excel; experience working in relational databases
  • Knowledgeable in fundraising cultivation, prospect tracking and screening, as well as the role of research to that task
  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a team; to build effective relationships; and to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to identify and adapt to shifting priorities, be flexible and resourceful, and exercise professionalism in working with internal and external contacts
  • Sensitivity to highly confidential information; complete discretion is required
  • Familiarity with databases such as LexisNexis for Development Professionals, Wealth Engine, iWave, LiveAlumni, Ellucian Colleague and Blackbaud is desired
  • Must be self-motivated, curious, focused and persistent in the pursuit of information
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity and inclusion
Special Instructions to Applicants:


Applications must be submitted electronically and include a resume, cover letter addressing how your experience supports the requirements of this position and Quinnipiac's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and contact information for three references on the application form.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty and staff which includes tuition remission and a culture that is inclusive and driven by excellence.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Please note that the university has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For more information, please visit

Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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