Assistant Director, Advancement Research - University Advancement-2010697
Carnegie Mellon is enjoying its most productive fundraising years in its history, raising more than $500M over the last three years. University Advancement supports the entire CMU community in securing the financial resources the university needs to continue its ascent. As the division grows, we are seeking an Assistant Director, Advancement Research, with a passion for higher education and who appreciate the role of philanthropy in enabling the university to accomplish its mission. We are looking for talented individuals with a passion for their work and a dedication to the mission of CMU
Prospect research, analysis, and synthesis of information to assess prospect giving potential, interests and possible solicitors. Evaluate, organize, and edit verified and extrapolated data into comprehensive standardized dossiers. Identify and qualify major gift prospects on a regular basis.
Identify potential new prospects through the implementation of various prospecting strategies.
Ability and willingness to take a larger role in complex research projects. Regularly exercise advanced research skills/abilities and consult with team on best practices in the field of prospect research.
Assist gift officers, assistant and associate vice presidents for advancement in devising strategies for cultivation and solicitation of prospects.
Prospect tracking/daily information maintenance - peruse various media sources for donor and prospect information and activities. Identify and evaluate articles for circulation to other staff members or storage in advancement files. Find/verify facts for advancement staff and for senior management. Ensure that selected information obtained from various sources such as research reports, newspaper articles, staff contacts and advancement files is reflected in the alumni database.
Other duties as assigned.
This positions r esearches and profiles individual, corporate and/or foundation donors and prospects to support fundraising and development efforts. The Assistant Director also prepares detailed reports with strategic recommendations regarding cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospects for gift officers and senior management.
This role requires the ability to travel to various locations, both on and off campus. Occasional evening and weekend hours will be required.
Bachelor's degree required
1-3 years of experience is required
Strong analytical, writing and organization skills. Ability to analyze and synthesize information from various research sources and present it effectively. Knowledgeable of and capable of navigating various information sources and databases. Knowledge and familiarity with development, research, and prospect management practices. Strong attention to detail. Foreign language skills are strongly preferred.
Ability to work independently but contribute to a team environment; work under pressure; pay close attention to detail, meet inflexible deadlines, deal with difficult situations while maintaining composure, and maintain confidentiality. Ability to learn and develop facility using on-line information, tools and resources provided through educational, government and commercial sources. Ability to communicate information clearly and cooperatively with others.
Internal Number: 2010697
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.