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Senior Research Strategist, Prospect Research

Job ID: 29954

Updated: September 19, 2023

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Prospect Research team in the Office of Advancement is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief Senior Research Strategist for approximately 2 years, with the possibility of extension.

Reporting directly to the Manager, Prospect Research, this position is responsible for managing strategic information that will assist development and senior staff with the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift & high level donors (>$25,000 with focus on $1M+).  The Senior Research Strategist will manage all efforts to build a pipeline of qualified donors in support of key institutional initiatives. The qualified candidate should have knowledge of a wide range of electronic and print resources and must be highly proficient in the use of sophisticated searching techniques and analysis of financial and other information.
In addition, this position will play a crucial role in maintaining a collaborative and supportive work environment by fulfilling an advisory role for junior members of the team and contributing to the recommendation and implementation of new research projects or processes that maximize the effectiveness of the unit.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Undertake proactive research to identify and qualify new prospects both at the major gift (> $25,000) and principal gifts level ($1 million and above) for all faculties, with an emphasis on targeted cities in Canada and the United States. Prospecting may be project-related or otherwise.
  • Analyzing, synthesizing and communicating targeted information to assist movement of prospects through the development cycle, including the recommendation of strategies for cultivation and solicitation of donors
  • Contributing to the development of a cohesive and efficient research team by collaborating with the Director and other senior staff members on staff training and other team initiatives
  • Training and mentoring project staff
  • Keeping up-to-date on developments in prospect research by attending training sessions, communicating with other researchers by means of national, international and local professional organization memberships, conferences and listservs focusing on prospect research and fundraising issues

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Post-secondary education in a related discipline (MLIS, Communications, Business)
  • Proven success in prospect research for development, preferably in a post-secondary environment
  • Membership in the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) and experience at the University of Calgary are assets
  • Ability to creatively identify prospect pools and strategies by mining various resources and databases to surface and qualify individuals, foundations and corporations for diverse faculties and initiatives
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to determine priorities and accomplish goals independently through good judgement and effective project management techniques
  • Ability to contribute expertise and solve problems in a collaborative manner to achieve greater results
  • Past experience leading staff to achieve goals while promoting a positive work environment
  • Thorough knowledge of the purpose and function of prospect research to successful fundraising activities
  • Knowledge of the principal tools and best practices for development research (including sources of public records available through the Internet, online databases, directories and various periodicals)
  • Expertise in analyzing, synthesizing, and communicating information gathered from a variety of diverse sources into intelligence that will guide decision-making
  • Excellent computer skills including word processing and database/information management with particular experience using MS Office applications and Raiser's Edge
  • Demonstrated professionalism, tact and maturity in handling highly sensitive and confidential information ethically and with discretion
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, and attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines

Application Deadline:  October 2, 2023

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase 3.

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