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Research Analyst

The University of Cincinnati Foundation • Cincinnati, OH

Posted 10 days ago

Job Snapshot

Degree - 4 Year Degree
Not for Profit - Charitable, Education - Teaching - Administration
Research, Nonprofit - Social Services


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Job Description

The Research Analyst focuses on optimizing prospective donor pools and pipelines, and providing the strategic insights required to effectively manage UCF’s relationship with its constituents. The Research Analyst is responsible for identifying, researching, and analyzing information attributed to individuals, foundations and corporations with the goal of preparing reports to be used by the UC Foundation and staff, UC faculty, administration and staff, key volunteers, and the President’s Office. The Research Analyst provides necessary research to carry out various fundraising programs and objectives on behalf of the UC Foundation and the University of Cincinnati, while ensuring that all research conducted is accurate, comprehensive and produced on a timely basis.

Specific Duties

  • Identify and research prospects for development staff, colleges, executive officers, volunteers and the President’s Office. Communicate with various UCF/UC offices on prospect identification, research methods, research status and follow-up research, when necessary.
  • Research, analyze and write comprehensive reports on individuals, corporations and foundations utilizing online databases, internet resources, hard-copy business and biographical directories, government resources, in-house files, local libraries and historical societies, and other repositories of information.
  • Have an understanding of the various reports available to the development staff through the constituent relationship management system.
  • Respond to inquiries and prepare concise written reports to determine philanthropic capability, areas of interest, and university connections/affiliations. 
  • Collaborate with Assistant Director of Prospect Development and UCF development officers to create effective prospect identification strategy.
  • Work in collaboration with colleagues to fulfill deadlines and other projects in a timely and professional manner.
  • Compile information utilizing various research profile formats in a consistent and professional manner, to best suit the needs of our individual research consumers.
  • Complete special projects and other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director or the Assistant Director of Prospect Development.
  • Help identify new products, methodologies, online databases and software that will enhance the department’s ability to carry out its tasks in a professional and accurate manner.
  • Update information in the database, as necessary.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience (four years minimum in research); background in higher education development is preferred.
  • Strong background analyzing, structuring, manipulating, and interpreting data with the ability to determine relevant and irrelevant data. 
  • High level of integrity that protects all involved when collecting sensitive information about donors & prospects.
  • A commitment to the department’s values of: curiosity, partnership, a can do attitude, and courageousness.
  • Strong experience leveraging information resources. A keen understanding of available resources and the ability to retrieve information.
  • Ability to connect with people to collect relevant, meaningful information
  • Skills to support today’s business expectations – including excellent analytical skills and the ability to identify, understand and interpret financial and other information from a variety of sources.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple priorities, produce quality work and meet strict deadlines.
  • Work independently and know when to partner.
  • Self-motivation but asks for direction & guidance.
  • Recognition that the position is an internal partnership requires the working well with others across the organization.
  • Exceptional, quality writing. The ability to compose concise, focused research documents with attention to accuracy and detail that supports the cultivation and solicitation processes.
  • Working knowledge of online databases, Microsoft Word, Excel and other research tools. You have experience with a fundraising database such as Raiser’s Edge or Blackbaud CRM.
  • Knowledge of the University of Cincinnati is preferred but not required.
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