Job Opening: Campaign Prospect Researcher – Washington, DC

Job Summary

The Prospect Researcher is primarily responsible for the building of donor and prospect research services at UNCF to support the Office of the President and Capital Campaign departments; providing information on key individuals, corporations, foundations, and other prospects and donors as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements research strategies in conjunction with the AVP and Campaign Office.
  • Creates and researches donor profiles and lists for research requests.
  • Proactively conducts research on current donors and prospective donors.
  • Makes detailed observations, analyzes data, and interprets results.
  • Utilizes established prospect and donor research techniques to compile and analyze data.
  • Writes prospect and donor reports and profiles; documents research outcomes; creates and analyzes lists detailing procedures, outcomes, and observations.
  • Liaises with senior management and directors in the Campaign Office, Office of the President, Development, and Major Gifts Departments to identify, schedule, and implement research requests; gathers, collates, disseminates donor and prospect trend information.
  • Inputs information and updates data in the Prospect Research module in the general database.
  • Maintains and improves quality of internal donor data.
  • Secures materials at least 72 hours in advance of scheduled meetings.
  • Updates and maintains donor and prospect records on an ongoing basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college, university in English, Journalism, Library Sciences; Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 5 to 7 years of related work experience in non-profit prospect research.
  • Knowledge of O365 with advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite, notably Word and Excel. Must be proficient in mail merges and correcting source or cell errors.
  • Experience utilizing research engines, i.e., Nexis, WealthEngine, iWave Pro, D&B, Hoovers.
  • Knowledgeable of Raiser’s Edge NXT or similar donor database software.
  • Experience participating and hosting video conferencing platforms.
  • Goal-oriented and passionate about education equity.
  • Ability to collect and research data; Design workflows and procedures.
  • Strong analytical skills; gather and analyze information skillfully.
  • Ability to locate and interpret financial principles and biographical information from a variety of sources.
  • Knowledgeable of internet search engines.
  • Competency in a variety of computer applications, including database, spreadsheet and word processing programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to write concise research documents.
  • High degree of customer service skills.
  • Multi-task with high levels of accuracy on concurrent projects.
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential material in a responsible manner.
  • Works independently and as a team player.

Work Environment

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Remote and hybrid working environment, with a central office in Washington, DC.

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About UNCF

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, has been an engine of minority educational achievement for more than 70 years. UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally recognized pipeline of black students who, because of UNCF support, become highly qualified college graduates. In addition, UNCF ensures that its member institutions remain respected models of best practices in moving students to and through college. Since its inception in 1944, UNCF has raised over $4.5 billion in private support, distributed more scholarships to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the federal government, and enabled more than 425,000 minority and low-income students to graduate from UNCF’s member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and launch professional careers. UNCF is committed to closing the educational attainment gap between African Americans and other populations by increasing postsecondary access and success for students from underrepresented groups, particularly low-income and first-generation students.