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Position Number: 995913
Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Home Org/Dept: Prospect Mgmt & Research - Kent Campus 
Research Specialist, DPAE
40000 - 48000
To conduct specialized research for development professionals to enhance the university’s ability to secure private gift support or recruit key volunteer positions. Perform analysis and evaluation of financial, statistical, and narrative documents. Reports to designated administrator.
Additional Basic Function – if applicable:
Examples of Duties:
Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:
Perform in-depth research on potential major gift prospects using advanced techniques and various internal and external research tools to identify financial capacity, philanthropic interests, university affinity and key relationships critical to the development of portfolios and strength of the prospect pipeline.
Uncover trends within large data sets and apply findings to identify constituents showing readiness to engage and interests aligned with university priorities to guide segmentation and outreach strategies.
In collaboration with Prospect Management and Portfolio Development, actively participate in planning and/or execution of portfolio review meetings with Philanthropic Advisors.
Analyze and synthesize large blocks of information into succinct documents and disseminate actionable information to divisional partners to support the development of engagement, cultivation and solicitation strategies.
Prepare prospect briefing documents on individuals and organizations for the President and university officials for donor/prospect meetings and strategic events.
Proactively improve and maintain the accuracy and breadth of information available on constituents within the university’s system of record.
Assist in the development of prospect research policies and procedures.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Liberal Arts, Library Science, or a related field; three years’ experience in prospect research or related field. Must be able to travel including overnight stays and out of state travel on a periodic basis.
Must remain knowledgeable of current industry best practices and prospect research trends through participation with Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA), Ohio Prospect Research Network (OPRN) or other related professional development opportunities.
Principles, practices and ethics of fundraising industry as it applies to higher education * Major research databases and technology tools * Prospect Research methodology related to fundraising industry
Utilizing spreadsheet and database applicationsSearching, retrieving and analyzing information from internal and external sourcesWorking with large relational databases, donor database software and query toolsData mining techniques and proceduresEffective communication and collaboration with demonstrated ability to work with confidential dataMeeting deadlines and prioritizing multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervisionWorking with flexibility and a high degree of accuracy and strong attention to detail
Prepare well-written, factual prospect profiles *Determine the quality, reliability and accuracy of sources *
Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:
Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments
Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:
non-traditional hours to include travel as needed
Must pass a security check.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
For official job descriptions, visit www.kent.edu/hr.
Kent State University is a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on any of Kent State’s campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit www.kent.edu/smoke-free.
The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.
Advertised: August 31, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: October 8, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
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