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Monday, December 17, 2018

Prospect Identification Analyst, Princeton U (NJ)

The Prospect Development and Research (PDR) team at Princeton University is looking for a capable individual to fill a newly created Prospect Identification Analyst position. Reporting to the Associate Director of Prospect Research, the Prospect Identification Analyst will be responsible for identifying individuals with the inclination and capacity to provide financial support to the University; gathering and presenting data from internal and external sources to inform the fundraising efforts of Advancement; and, supporting Advancement colleagues to ensure research needs are effectively addressed. Candidates will build collaborative relationships, communicate effectively, maintain strict confidentiality, accommodate shifting priorities, and meet deadlines within a customer-service oriented environment.

PDR is part of the University Advancement team and  is responsible for providing information integral to the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of alumni and friends of the University in support of the University’s fundraising efforts.


  • Develop a prospect identification strategy, program, and schedule to support University fundraising priorities.
  • Using advanced online databases, internet and other reference sources, identify individuals with sufficient financial capacity and/or inclination to make major gifts to the University.
  • Provide background information, financial data, and capacity evaluations on potential prospects to inform the fundraising efforts of Advancement.
  • Complete industry, employment, wealth list, and cohort reviews to ensure robust prospect pipeline development.
  • Generate fundraising priority and/or cohort specific lists, as required.
  • Oversee annual and ad-hoc electronic wealth screenings, manage preparation of data for screening, review and evaluate screening results, and identify prospects for research.
  • Assess, maintain, and forecast screening usage data for annual vendor negotiation.
  • Contribute to PDR initiatives and participate in annual department projects such as parents review; assist with special projects as needed, and meet project deadlines.
  • Ensure the integrity of research and prospect information within the Advancement database; monitor targets, transactions, and other events.
  • Review online and print publications and contribute prospect-related or industry-specific articles to weekly department newsletter distributed to Advancement staff.


Essential Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of one to three years of experience in a research, analytical, or information specialist role within an academic, nonprofit, corporate, or consulting setting.
  • Excellent attention to detail and high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to use technology to gather, interpret, organize, and present data.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to interact effectively with diverse groups and maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Organizational skills to work on simultaneous projects independently or in a team, accommodate shifting priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of Sharepoint and Ellucian Advance, or other fundraising management or CRM system.
  • Understanding of philanthropy (mission, practice, trends) and fundraising practices (the development cycle, prospect management policies and practices).
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the values and mission of Princeton University and higher education and the goals and guiding principles of Advancement.
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