The history of MU is one of private philanthropy. In 1839, more than 900 Boone County citizens pooled their resources to establish the University of Missouri. To this day, that same spirit of generosity thrives among the Mizzou family. Thousands of people give to MU each year because of the passion and pride they feel for the university. Comprising 180 staff members with a presence across the United States and around the world, Mizzou Advancement announced the $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign in October 2015.
University of Missouri (MU) Office of Advancement builds meaningful relationships with the Mizzou family and friends to support and advance the University. The Office of Advancement is hiring a Prospect Development Analyst. This key role will research a wide variety of donors and alumni and supply the fundraising team with the best set of prospects interested in and capable of making a philanthropic gift to the University.
Success in this role might include:
• Identifying philanthropic prospects with a capacity to give • Connecting alumni or donors to something that sparks excitement • Telling a compelling story through research and documentation • Identifying a donor for the next big project, like the new School of Music building • Being excited about new relationships
This role is guided by key responsibilities as defined by the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) and will complete duties in the following areas:
Research and Donor Identification: • Conduct research, both reactively and proactively, on individuals, foundation and corporate prospects, and donors. Derive gift capacity estimates for major donor prospects using available wealth indicators. • Actively support the identification and verification of new prospects discovered through database screening and other proactive resources • Assists development officers of each assigned College/Unit in prospect strategy development and documentation and recommends prospect assignments and quality prospect pools to development officers. • Create profiles on major donor prospects for visits with leadership, including the Chancellor.
Cross Department Collaboration: • Participate in meetings to determine the philanthropic priorities of the faculty and departments they support and ensure existing research procedures facilitate the movement of donors and prospects through the prospect management pipeline. • Collaborate with fundraisers and school/college/Dean's staff on major gift strategies and serve as liaison between Colleges/Units development officers and Advancement Services. Reviews contact reports of each development officer in each assigned College/Unit for updates to prospect plans and strategies • Active participation in professional development to learn latest best practices in prospect research and monitor the philanthropic environment.
Data Reporting and Maintenance: • Provide metrics that help fundraisers efficiently manage their prospect portfolios. • Enhance the donor database with updated career information and indications of wealth. • Work guided by a code of ethics outlined by APRA to ensure all research activities performed are legal, ethical and appropriate.
A Bachelor's degree and at least 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
The most successful candidate will be someone that possesses experience with research methodology and practice, someone with an understanding of the principles of philanthropy and fundraising, and someone with the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of University staff at varying levels.
• Bachelor's Degree and two years of related experience • Excellent electronic research, report writing skills, and strong analytical skills • Experience using specialized search tools such as Lexis-Nexis, LiveAlumni, iWave, Donorscape and Microsoft Office software, especially Word and Excel • Knowledge and familiarity with fundraising terminology, prospect research and relationship management practices • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines with a strong work ethic • Experience constructing and executing database queries • Excellent customer service attitude with the ability to work with a variety of people • Accuracy and attention to detail with excellent project and time management skills
The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities. The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus. Mizzou What is Mizzou? Learn about the history and traditions behind the name Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missour...i, every state in the nation and 120 countries. The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Twenty-six percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes. MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $235 million annually on scientific research; they account for 70 percent of the research dollars flowing to Missouri public universities. Ninety-two percent of full-time, ranked faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field.