[APRA-NW] Development Researcher Job Opportunity (Oregon)

Rich, Gina GRich at peacehealth.org
Thu Aug 9 10:15:42 PDT 2007

Hi APRA-NW members!

I'm forwarding a job description for a new Development Researcher position we have available in our Foundation office. We are a growing, fast-paced Foundation that has the opportunity to lead the way in fundraising practices for our larger health care system (PeaceHealth). The new researcher will work with me at Sacred Heart Foundation and be located in Springfield, but will be a primary resource in responding to the research requests and needs of the other five system foundations in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Feel free to contact me with questions about this position, work environment, etc.


Gina Rich
Senior Research Analyst
Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation
541.743.4753 / www.peacehealth.org/sacredheartfoundation

Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation
123 International Way
Springfield, OR 97477

To apply for this job, please visit our web site directly and apply online at https://sh.webhire.com/servlet/av/jd?ai=851&ji=2069371&sn=I.

Job Purpose & Responsibilities:
The Development Researcher conducts identification and qualification of potential donors - whether individual, corporate, or foundations - to maximize the fundraising efforts of the PeaceHealth foundations for major gifts, planned gifts, special projects, and annual/sustaining support. He/she works closely with the Senior Research Analyst, development staff, consultants, and the Sister Theodore Marie Society (STMS) Access Coordinator to identify and qualify prospects for solicitor portfolios; develops comprehensive written profiles on top potential donors; and provides strategic advice to fundraising staff regarding prospects' philanthropic inclination and major gift capacity. He/she is skilled in using a variety of public information sources to gather prospect information with the highest standards of ethics and accuracy.

The Development Researcher reports to the Director of Campaigns and is expected to use initiative and sound judgment in carrying out related responsibilities within the framework of Foundation and PeaceHealth polices and procedures.

Major responsibilities included but not limited to:

1) Assumes major responsibility for meeting the prospect research needs of the PeaceHealth foundations development staff, with a focus on identifying and qualifying new prospects for solicitor portfolios, and developing informative written profiles to guide cultivation/solicitation activities. Regularly screens potential prospects using a variety of free and fee-based information resources, and recommends appropriate follow up action. Keeps staff informed of current news and events relevant to major gift prospects through regular written and verbal reports.
2) Regularly collaborates with development staff to develop prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and overall fundraising strategies, and ensures the smooth flow of prospect information between research and direct fundraising staff so that accurate records can be maintained.
3) Uses both standard and novel prospect research techniques and tools to identify new prospects and complete donor background requests, including print, electronic screening, and data mining to develop accurate, detailed, prospect rating and gift estimates on individuals, corporations, and foundations. Uses appropriate guidelines and techniques from the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) and other industry sources to compute prospects' estimated wealth and major gift capacity in preparation for solicitations.
4) Develops expertise in using key Raiser's Edge functions including the Actions and Prospect modules. Assists in implementing the Prospect Actions Tracking System (PATS) as well as the prospect rating system (inclination and capacity), and helps development staff apply this data effectively for queries and reports. Coordinates with the Senior Research Analyst and Fiscal Services Analyst to train staff as needed on appropriate data entry procedures.
5) Adheres to ethical and confidentiality guidelines of HIPAA and PeaceHealth. Reviews content of donor database regularly to ensure that protected health information is handled appropriately.
6) Keeps informed of national trends and developments within prospect management and advancement research by developing and maintaining professional relationships with other prospect researchers. Participates actively in local, regional and national associations, including the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA), as well as informal prospect research discussion groups, including PRSPCT-L.

Other responsibilities include:
1) Coordinates the publication of the annual donor list to the Foundation web sites.
2) Along with the Senior Research Analyst and Fiscal Services Analyst, responds to staff database inquiries by generating appropriate queries and reports with the requested information.

The job may have additional responsibilities as assigned. All job duties must be performed in a manner that demonstrates Our Personal Accountabilities, Core Values, Behavioral Expectations, and the Mission & Values of PeaceHealth Oregon Region.


Bachelor's degree required.


Two or more years of analytical research experience.

Special Skills Required:
Position requires the ability to make sound judgment, demonstrate the ability and perseverance to identify unknown sources. Strong written and verbal communication skills, an exceptional attention to detail, an aptitude for logical thinking, a commitment to professional ethics, and the ability to interact with development staff as well as experience working in the non-profit sector with sensitive and confidential information. Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and meet goals in a timely manner.
Experience with Raiser's Edge donor software a plus. Functional knowledge of online databases and Internet resources including LexisNexis and other electronic screening programs is preferred. Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office software, are required.

Interpersonal Behavior:
Demonstrates a caring, respectful and compassionate attitude towards all people.
Takes responsibility for personal growth.
Takes initiative to meet the challenges within the environment.
Oriented toward solutions through collaboration.

Physical Abilities:
Ability to sit and type/work on a computer for extended periods of time.

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