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Friday, October 21, 2011

F/T - Development Associate - Wildlife Conservation Society

POSITION: Development Associate, Research (Junior)
REPORTS TO: Director of WCS Library & Archives

OBJECTIVES: The Development Associate, Research will work as an integral member of the Global Resources department’s research team to document and research key prospects with capacity and propensity for significant contributions to WCS and to prepare profiles and briefings for review by the Director of the WCS Library and Archives. The outcome will be to enable fundraisers to effectively cultivate and solicit new and existing prospects and donors.

QUALIFICATION: B.A./B.S. and two to three years development, research or related experience. Candidate must have excellent organizational and research skills, aptitude for online search through both public search engines and paid databases, thorough attention to detail and analysis, strong written and oral communications skills, and multi-tasking ability. Candidate is expected to work well within a team while demonstrating initiative on individual projects. Required is a strong proficiency with Microsoft Office, familiarity with prospect research sources, techniques, and tools. Experience with Raiser’s Edge (or similar database) and Lexis Nexis, as well as knowledge of New York’s philanthropic and financial community preferred. International prospect research, a plus. Candidate should have intellectual curiosity and a strong interest in philanthropy and prospect research.

1. Identify key prospects for WCS by working with Director, WCS Library & Archives, and other Global Resources staff to:
• Undertake strategic review of WCS donor and constituent records.
• Analyze wealth indicators and review other donor lists and source materials to determine worth, giving propensity, philanthropic interests and connection to WCS trustees/constituents and ultimately rate prospects by potential and likelihood to give to WCS.
• Monitor media/publications/research source documents for new information on key prospects.

2. Prepare Briefing materials/profiles in collaboration with Director, WCS Library & Archives and senior fundraising staff
• Develop new and update existing briefings/profiles on major prospects.
• Maintain briefings and profiles on shared database and update Raiser’s Edge records as necessary.
• Prepare briefings for senior fundraising and administrative staff.

3. Work with Director, WCS Library & Archives, and senior fundraising staff in the development, maintenance and tracking of prospect lists
• As appropriate, support and attend prospect evaluation and assignment meetings.
• Attend/review debriefs of prospects visits and events as necessary.

4. Assist as needed with other research-related and Global Resources projects, including:
• Input raw data on prospects into Raiser’s Edge.
• Prepare expense payment requests.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please apply online at