Research Analyst

Villanova University
February 19, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:Open-ended
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Posting Number: 20223232S

Position Title: Research Analyst Position Type: Staff Location: Villanova, PA Recruitment Type: Internal/External Applicants Work Schedule: full-time/12-months Avg Hours Week Department: 604 - University Advancement Position Summary:

Villanova University has embarked on a 10-year strategic plan, Rooted. Restless., with the goal of enhancing the Augustinian Catholic living and learning experience for all members of our community. University Advancement is seeking exceptional talent to join our mission-driven team working together toward our shared vision for Villanova, fueled by the generosity of the University's philanthropic supporters as we prepare for Villanova's next comprehensive capital campaign.

The Research Analyst will report to the Assistant Director of Prospect Research and serve as a key member of the Prospect Development (PD) team within the office of University Advancement. The incumbent will be a leading contributor in aligning and leveraging data from the department's internal reporting systems (Cognos and Salesforce), our department database (Banner), as well as online resources in support of our fundraising initiatives with emphasis on day-to-day prospect research efforts including wealth screening and other research projects. The Research Analyst will primarily support the area of Prospect Research in conducting strategic research and analysis to identify new leadership and major gift prospects, as well as corporate and foundation prospects in addition to compiling information on existing donors. The Research Analyst will be part of a dynamic PD team working closely with all team members as we plan for the next capital campaign. The incumbent will bring a high degree of professionalism to facilitate the achievement of University Advancement goals.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Use departmental, University, and external resources, including online tools, to identify prospective donors. Compile information on future and existing donors, and leadership volunteers, using established guidelines to assess the financial capacity of potential and current prospects and assign ratings.
  • Identify and complete proactive research projects in support of fundraising initiatives and in collaboration with the Research team.
  • Assist in supporting automated requests submitted by the frontline team for research support as needed to help ensure information is provided to our customers in a timely manner.
  • Provide support for evaluative research activities related to the successful implementation, use, and deployment of data resulting from wealth screenings. Work as part of a dynamic team to ensure impactful use by our frontline team of wealth screening results and other related research information.
  • Align support that results with our Research team steadily increasing the number of rated prospects and sustaining capacity rating accuracy on all rated prospects, with emphasis on major gift level prospects.
  • Assist in the successful communication of research results to the appropriate audiences within University Advancement and across campus. This includes the regular publication of our Prospect Research News and affiliated reports drawn from news alerts and other proactive outlets.
  • Assist with various Records Management updates to ensure that key research data is being captured in our system in a timely manner.
  • Stay current on research trends, as well as data management trends as they relate to prospect research, through conferences and other professional development opportunities.
  • Perform additional duties and assist with special projects as assigned by supervisor, Associate Director of Prospect Research, Senior Director of Prospect Research, and/or Executive Director of Prospect Development.
  • Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Two or more years of relevant experience required, preferably in prospect research.
  • A strong understanding of Development industry standards in the area of prospect research, as well as University structure, policies and practices.
  • Some knowledge about Villanova's Augustinian community and mission.
  • Ability to understand and interpret information from a variety of financial, legal, corporate, and governmental sources.
  • Proficiency in synthesizing material from multiple sources and presenting in a clear, logical, and coherent manner.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects effectively and to communicate results in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and analytical/problem- solving skills. Proficiency in working with relational databases and online and interactive Web-based research resources.
  • Knowledge of existing and emerging prospect research resources, with emphasis toward using on-line and interactive resources.
  • Must be able to work under the pressure of time and frequent requests from multiple sources.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint required.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous higher education or nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Experience with the integrated software suite, BANNER, and CRM, Salesforce is a plus.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Development industry system applications a plus.
  • Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:

    A willingness to provide staff support at select special events which may take place during evenings and/or weekends. The ability to commute across campus as needed when attending work related meetings.

    Special Message to Applicants: Posting Date: 08/01/2022 Closing Date (11:59pm ET): Salary Posting Information:

    Commensurate with experience.

    Salary Band: H Job Classification: exempt

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