Senior Analyst, Prospect Research

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 12-Mar-24

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Other Staff/Administrative

Internal Number: JR24588

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Improves the depth and quality of the Universityâ™s pool by leveraging internal data and publicly available information to ascertain donor interests and financial capacity.
  • Partners with fundraisers and Prospect Development teams to efficiently help principal gift donors find the path to a rewarding philanthropic relationship with the University of Chicago.
  • Using diverse tools and resources, employs financial and biographical research methods to ensure that fundraisers are engaged in the most value-added activities, and prospects receive the requisite attention and cultivation.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and synthesizes information about individuals and groups of donors to assess philanthropic capacity and inform fundraising strategy.
  • Actively monitors news publications, tying developments and trends back to work being done by the University.
  • Creates briefing materials for the University President and senior leaders across the organization.
  • Proofs and edits colleaguesâ™ documents in accordance with team standards.
  • Provides research and strategy support to the Principal Gifts team and develops deep understanding and knowledge of the principal gifts pool.
  • Conducts audits and maintains data, especially as it relates to the top of the prospect pyramid.
  • Participates in efforts to educate ARD colleagues on prospect research, the nature of wealth as it relates to philanthropy, and the Universityâ™s prospect pool.
  • Seeks opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including attending webinars, seminars, building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
  • Develops, maintains, and updates information on new and existing prospects, solving problems as they arise.
  • May provide guidance to analysts, train staff members on fundraising, report writing, and research.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Coursework in project management, business, finance, economics, analytics, library and information science, or non-profit management.


  • Minimum two years of work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales, or similar professional work experience.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development including Phoenix, the University's donor relationship management system, and the Microsoft Windows environment.

Preferred Competencies

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write effectively.
  • Manage confidential information with discretion and tact.
  • Act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
  • Work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to take initiative.
  • Prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail.

Working Conditions

  • This position has a hybrid work schedule which includes weekly in office presence.
  • Standard office environment.
  • Travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
  • Work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • This position is located in Hyde Park at 5235 South Harper Court.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter, addressed to Hiring Committee (preferred)

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via the Applicant Inquiry Form.

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