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Sunday, May 30, 2010

F/T - Prospect Research Manager - Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
National Office
Location: New York, NY
Position: Prospect Research Manager

The Prospect Research Manager will create and implement all aspects of the major gifts prospect research program to build capacity and generate leads for the major gifts fundraising efforts.  The incumbent will gather, analyze, synthesize and disseminate to major gift staff, information on major donors and prospects for fund raising purposes.  Works in collaboration with major gifts staff and plays an integral role in developing cultivation and fundraising strategies for top prospects/donors.  Provides both ad-hoc and real-time research as well as ongoing proactive prospect research.

1.  Builds and maintains state-of-the-art research library and prospect research tools; constantly seeks best practices in research resources.
2.  In collaboration with the National Director of Major Gifts and the Associate Director of Development Operations, develops and implements annual and long-term goals and strategies for the research program.
3.  Establishes guidelines, protocols and systems to gather, maintain and deliver the results of donor research to meet the needs of the major gifts department. Develops and maintains appropriate templates for research.
4.  Provides both proactive and re-active research on prospective and current major donors to prepare the President and other senior staff for meetings, and to identify a pipeline of major gift prospects.  Identifies methods and programs, such as screens and filters, for expanding Planned Parenthood’s major gift prospecting pool.
5.  Creates in-depth research profiles including evaluation of financial resources, indicators of interest in the organization’s programs and connections to other key constituents leading to sophisticated cultivation and solicitation strategies. 
6.  Develops strong partnerships with the major gifts team, in particular the major gift officers. 
7.  Work with other members of the department to track donors and prospects in database, and ensure data integrity, including actively updating key constituents’ records.  Working with the major gift officers, ensures that the database represents our full knowledge of activities related to prospects.
8.  Participates in meetings and discussions related to donor cultivation and solicitation strategies.  Works with major gifts officers to develop donor rating guidelines.
9.  Systematically monitors the media to identify news and information relevant to Planned Parenthood donors and prospects.  Ensures that resulting news and information is disseminated to appropriate major gifts staff in a timely fashion. 
10. Prepares briefing materials for events and visits to donors. 
11. Maintains the highest level ethics and confidentiality as defined by the prospect research profession and Planned Parenthood policies and practices.
12. Provides basic training in donor research to major gifts staff as needed.
13. Attends training programs and other continuing education to remain up to date with developments in the donor research field.
14. Performs special projects and other duties as assigned by supervisors.

Manages in the assigned area and regularly evaluates goals and objectives and develops more effective and efficient ways of meeting them.

Responds to problems or challenges that affect the ability of the department to meet assigned goals and objectives.  Must research, analyze and integrate information from various sources to determine solution.  Decisions affect program or operational effectiveness, as well as interactions with other departments, divisions, affiliates, offices and/or external partners.

Job duties require comprehensive knowledge of the prospect research profession, obtained through formal education, substantial work experience, and continuing education in the field.  Broad based understanding of all areas of development fundraising including major gifts, foundations and planned giving.


Regularly interacts with members of the major gifts team and managers in other departments/divisions/affiliates to integrate activities and products.  Identifies opportunities to expand program activities, develop work products, and build professional relationships that demonstrate and enhance PPFA’s commitment to diversity.  Promotes and reinforces PPFA’s commitment to diversity in all interactions.


Education:  Bachelor’s degree, plus additional related courses and professional training, are required.
Experience:  Three to five years of directly-related, progressively responsible experience in prospect research and data management and communication.
Related Skills or Knowledge: Strong oral and written communication skills.  Familiar with state-of-the-art research tools such as Lexis-Nexis.  Excellent knowledge of existing research library materials.  Problem solver and strategic thinker, with good time management skills.  Team player and initiator with excellent organization skills, and ability to pay attention to details.  Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and independently.  Ability to be adaptable to an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment and meet deadlines under pressure and with accuracy.  Computer literacy, especially with respect to modern research tools and databases. Knowledge of diverse groups, working with a multicultural workforce and sensitivity and appreciation to cultural differences is required.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. Planned Parenthood of America does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Planned Parenthood Federation of America is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values team work, collaboration, creativity, and building a diverse team.
Travel                        0 - 25%
Expertise                   Fund Raising - Development
Education                  Bachelor
Job Type                    Full Time
Location                    NYC - LI - Hudson Valley
Years of Experience   3-5 years
Preferred Language   English