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Assistant Director of Prospect Research

The Assistant Director, Prospect Research, will assess the philanthropic potential of prospects and donors for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He/she will utilize industry best practices to grow the size and quality of the prospect pool, with an emphasis placed on high-level Major ($100K-$4.9M) and Principal ($5M+) Gift prospects. The Assistant Director produces research and briefings for advancement-related meetings, trips, and events. Job location: 401 N. Michigan Ave.

  1. Compiles information and writes briefing materials on individual prospects for the Deans’ Office and Office of Advancement leadership using established formats for development-related visits and events.
  2. Using multiple sources, develops and synthesizes information on prospects — including background, career, financial capacity, philanthropic interests, and nature of their relationship to the University and Booth — in order to write concise research profiles.
  3. Recognizes and analyzes wealth indicators and synthesizes diverse information to assess donor philanthropic capacity.
  4. 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.
  5. Identifies new prospects in order to grow the Booth prospect pool.
  6. Stays current on industry trends and practices through associations, professional colleagues, and other sources.
  7. Develops and demonstrates skill in reading and interpreting financial documents, including regulatory filings, and proficiency in terms used in the financial services industry.
  8. Serves as a point of contact to Office of Advancement staff on prospect research protocols and products.
  9. Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the data available on the University’s constituent database.
  10. Proofs and edits colleagues’ documents in accordance with team standards.
  11. Partners with research requesters to identify specific research needs.
  12. Performs other related duties as assigned.

  1. Bachelor’s degree required.
  2. Two or more years of professional experience required. Various professional backgrounds considered. Experience in financial analysis, accounting, journalism, or grant writing preferred. Educational background with a focus in journalism, English, grant writing, or library science considered. 
  3. Excellent written, verbal, analytical, interpersonal, and presentational skills and the proven ability to synthesize and accurately present relevant information to myriad constituencies required.
  4. Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to manage several projects simultaneously and deliver on priorities required. 
  5. Demonstrated proficiency in efficient and effective internet search methodologies required.
  6. Ability to represent the Research team to Office of Advancement staff required.
  7. Scrupulous attention to matters of discretion and confidentiality required.
  8. Proficiency with Windows environment and standard MS Office suite: Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Word, etc. required. Experience with a higher education alumni database preferred.
  9. Knowledge of the University of Chicago or the environment of a similar size and scope preferred.

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