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Development Researcher

Lehigh University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 1, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Prospect Research
Employment Type
Full Time
Lehigh University

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Lehigh University provides comprehensive benefits including partner benefits.

Responsible for working closely with Development and Alumni Relations staff to enhance Lehigh University's fundraising efforts by: assisting in the identification of new prospects; preparing comprehensive research reports and profiles; project management of research for key University initiatives; and providing both proactive and reactive prospect research services for Development and Alumni Relations. The Lehigh community takes seriously our commitment to antiracism and The Principles of our Equitable Community.

1. Research and Analysis
*Compile and analyze detailed biographical and asset data on individuals to determine gift capacity, Lehigh affinity and philanthropic giving; record information in a database accordingly
*Investigate prospect's financial status, including stock holdings, salary, real property and community philanthropy; research history of relationship, contacts and philanthropy with Lehigh University
*Identify and access all pertinent reference, library sources, proprietary databases, various internet sites and obtain detailed financial disclosures; use creativity, initiative and judgment to determine and locate additional sources of prospect information
*Review, analyze and synthesize data as it relates to the fundraising strategy; determine information pertinent to prospect's potential, propensity to give and the solicitation process; verify facts, resolve discrepancies between various sources; identify philanthropic patterns, tendencies and relationships among individuals and family foundations
*Using wealth and data analytic screenings, validate/qualify those with the potential to make major gifts
*Provide counsel to Gift Officers regarding the interpretation of prospect research data
*Assists in the proactive identification through projects and resource-based identification efforts
*Create, vet and maintain news articles on key major gift prospects
*Adhere to and keep abreast of current best practices in Development Research, including maintaining the confidentiality of donor data and handling all data in a discrete and ethical manner
*Assist on special projects and perform other duties as assigned

2. Prospect Profile and Briefing Development
*Compose and edit written summary and briefing reports on major gift prospects for University senior leadership
*Collaborate with a Gift Officer and be a participant in the evolution of the profile writing process
*Translate complex corporate and asset-based language into easily comprehensible terms
* Use appropriate and standard grammar, style and content tailored to the audience

3. Project Management for Key Research Initiatives
*Serve as a Project Manager on projects as assigned by the Director of Prospect Management and Research
*Collaborate with Gift Officers and Development and Alumni Relations partners on the structure, process and deliverables of these projects; keep key players abreast of project progress and any changes in deliverables

Grade: 8-40

Position Number: S88540

Special Considerations

The duties of this position may allow the employee to work partially remote as deemed appropriate by their supervisor


Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts, Economics, Social Sciences, Business or the equivalent combination of education and experience

One to three years related work experience

?Advanced online research work within a development office helpful

Research experience and statistical analysis helpful

Attention to detail and organizational skills required

Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

Experience reading and interpreting financial statements helpful

Experience working in a higher educational institution or non-profit organization

Strong project management skills and accountability in meeting deadlines and juggling multiple projects

Works well with in a collaborative team environment

Excellent computer skills with experience using word processing, spreadsheet and database software

Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, national criminal background checks, motor vehicle checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance and credit history based upon the requirements of the position

Because of increasing COVID case counts in the region and new information about the characteristics of the Delta variant, all Lehigh faculty and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated unless they receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the requirement.

Only complete applications will be considered therefore please complete the application in its entirety. Once the posting is removed from the website applications may no longer be allowed to be completed.



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