Research Manager

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 04, 2020
Dec 03, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

About Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS):

WCS stands for wildlife and wild places. As the world’s premier wildlife conservation organization, WCS has a long track record of achieving innovative, impactful results at scale. We run field programs spanning 60 countries and the entire ocean.  We build on a unique foundation: Our reach is global; we discover through best-in-class science; we protect through work on the ground with local and indigenous people; we inspire through our world-class zoos, aquarium, and education programs; and we leverage our resources through partnerships and powerful policy influence.  Our more than 4,300 diverse, passionately committed team members in New York City and around the world work collectively to achieve our conservation mission.


The Opportunity:

As Research Manager, you will be an integral member of the Global Resources Department team as we work toward our goal of growing annual revenue to $100M+. Your responsibilities will include identifying and assessing individual, foundation and corporate prospects with the capacity and propensity to make significant contributions to WCS; preparing briefing materials that enable fundraisers and executive staff to effectively cultivate and solicit both prospects and existing donors; and partnering with fundraisers on fundraising strategies.

Your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  1. Identify key prospects and strategically review existing donors by:
  • Analyzing wealth indicators and reviewing other donor lists and source materials to determine worth, giving propensity, philanthropic interests and connection to WCS trustees/constituents in order to rate prospects by potential and likelihood to give to WCS.
  • Utilizing databases (primarily DonorSearch) and other services to aid in strategic wealth screenings and building WCS’s donor pipeline.
  • Monitoring media/publications/research source documents for new information on prospects and donors. 


  • Prepare Briefing materials/profiles in collaboration with Research and senior fundraising staff
    • Develop new and update existing briefings, profiles, and relationship maps on major prospects and donors.
    • Maintain digital profiles on shared database and update Salesforce records as necessary.
    • Prepare research reports for senior fundraising and executive staff.
    • Prepare bios on guests attending WCS events. 


  • Work with Assistant Director, Prospect Research, and senior fundraising staff on strategy and portfolio development, maintenance and tracking of prospect lists
    • Regularly meet with fundraisers to assist in developing donor strategy for prospects and existing donors.
    • As appropriate, support and attend prospect evaluation and donor strategy meetings.
    • Attend/review debriefs of prospects visits and events as necessary.


  • Assist as needed with other research-related and Development projects.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    B.A./B.S. and three to five years development, research or related experience. Must have excellent organizational and research skills, with thorough attention to detail. Strong written and oral communications skills and multi-tasking ability. Cooperative attitude and demonstrated ability to function as an integral part of a professional team. Intellectual curiosity and a strong interest in the WCS mission. Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office. Familiarity with prospect research sources, techniques, and tools. Experience with Salesforce (or similar database) and Lexis-Nexis. Ability to maintain confidentiality is crucial.


    Preferred Qualifications:

    MLIS or equivalent. Knowledge of New York’s philanthropic and financial community a plus.


     WCS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value.  EOE/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

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