The Prospect Research and Data Analyst is responsible for high-quality, detailed research on prospects being targeted by the college for significant gifts. This position provides research and analysis support to the division of Alumni and College Relations. Reporting to the Director of Prospect Research and Development, s/he works closely with alumni relations, major gifts, planned giving, annual fund, foundations/corporations and donor relations staff in support of their identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies and activities. S/he locates, assesses, interprets, disseminates, and directs information about prospects, donors, alumni, friends, and organizations, primarily for the purposes of securing philanthropic support for Berea College.
This position is externally funded for one year, with the possibility of extension.
Education required to ensure success in this position: • Baccalaureate or higher degree
Experience required to ensure success in this position: • Two years’ experience in prospect research or in a fundraising environment preferred. Relevant experience and knowledge include: library and archival reference work, biographical and financial research, genealogy, internet and database searching, fundraising.
Special skills, knowledge and abilities: • Understanding and appreciation for the Berea College purpose and Great Commitments, including the tremendous impact philanthropy has on the ability of the College to achieve its mission. • Database experience and knowledge/ capacity sufficient to oversee the entry and use of prospect information in a complex development database; ability to manipulate and retrieve data. • Excellent analytical skills; ability to discern relevant facts and synthesize material from multiple sources into a coherent and accurate presentation. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Organizational ability – timeliness; prioritization and management of multiple and diverse tasks. • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, as well as collaboratively with others in a collegial setting, taking a leadership role when appropriate. • The highest level of professional standards of confidentiality and respect for donor privacy. A commitment to mission of Berea College.
Physical requirements: • Ability to navigate campus/public buildings and grounds • Ability to travel independently by car and/or plane • Ability to occasionally lift up to 20 lbs.
Environmental conditions: • Professional office environment with interruptions and noise due to frequent visitors, students, staff and faculty • Extensive computer use
Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment: • Standard office equipment: computer, fax, phone, etc. • Vehicle – college vans/cars
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Research individuals and organizations using a broad range of biographical, financial, organizational and other information, including print, electronic and web- based sources. • Coordinate with the Director on the design and implementation of comprehensive data-mining and proactive prospect identification projects for various fundraising initiatives. • Respond in a timely manner to all research inquiries either by phone, face-to-face meetings or with written correspondence. • Assess and synthesize accumulated information to determine financial capacity, philanthropic tendencies, giving propensity, and affiliation with the College and its mission; maintain and update in- house records. • Write and edit profiles, biographies, and briefings for divisional staff, as well as the College President as required. Prepare information in support of college, alumni and development events. • Support the routine ongoing daily work of the Prospect Research and Development Department including:
o Assisting the Director in developing, documenting, and implementing policies and procedures for managing prospect information. o Entering and updating biographical and prospect information in donor database. o Planning and managing data cleanup projects in the donor database. • Work closely with Advancement Services to ensure prospect research information and prospect tracking information is accurately documented in Banner. • Identify opportunities for new or enhanced reports, dashboards, and data visualization in collaboration with Advancement Services. • Utilize data to create analysis reports for regularly scheduled prospect management meetings, special initiatives, or individual gift officers. • Collaborate with Director to hire and train student assistants. Assign and monitor student research tasks, review and edit written work, evaluate student work, while meeting student labor supervisor requirements. • Participate in compiling prospect lists for funding efforts, formulate engagement strategies, and collaborate with development professionals to stay informed regarding projects, programs, and events. Participate in special research projects in support of college fundraising objectives and priorities as assigned. • Stay current with emerging trends in the prospect development field by means of lists serves, professional development opportunities, readings, and professional associations. • Subscribe to the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement Statement of Ethics. • Additional duties as assigned. • In support of Berea College’s great commitments this position requires student supervision. The fourth great commitment is to promote learning and serving in community through the student labor program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well done. The Supervision would include scheduling, assigning and approving work performed. Developing students about common workplace acumen and giving them tangible work experience is an expected outcome. To learn more about the student labor program and requirements on this position see: Labor Program Goals.
Other roles/duties will be assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of the goals set forth and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all staff, faculty and students.
About Berea College
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.