[APRA-NW] Job Post - Research Associate at University of Puget Sound

Amelia K Hooper ahooper at pugetsound.edu
Fri Aug 24 13:49:28 PDT 2018

The University of Puget Sound seeks a research associate to join our University Relations Research team.

The research associate reports to and works closely with the associate director of University Relations Research to fulfill the mission of the Office of University Relations Research as it seeks to identify and track potential funding sources for the university. The research associate works closely with appropriate members of the Office of University Relations staff.


* Analyze and synthesize financial data including company buyouts, initial public offerings, stock holdings, real estate values, foundation assets and grants, compensation packages, inheritances, etc.;
* Compute philanthropic capacity ratings for potential donors to inform senior staff about both individual capacity and overall fund-raising potential for Puget Sound;
* Collaborate with capital giving and annual giving officers to formulate strategies of engagement, cultivation, and solicitation to meet Puget Sound's fund-raising goals;
* Conceptualize, devise, and manage (in conjunction with colleagues in university relations information services):
* data integrity reports to ensure the accurate storage of data; and
* analytical reports in order to aggregate major gift prospect data;
* Analyze and consolidate data gathered and report relevant biographical and financial information about donors and potential prospects, making recommendations regarding cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship;
* Produce various biographical profiles of individuals, corporations, and foundations to the standards established by the division;
* Respond to research requests from staff members in the Office of Capital Giving, the University Relations vice president's office, the President's office, and other campus entities;
* Research and create electronic biographies as preparation materials for events managed by Donor Relations, Alumni and Parent Relations, Annual Giving, Capital Giving, and the President's office;
* Work closely with staff in Corporate and Foundation Relations to prepare materials for their contacts with foundations and corporations;
* Collaborate to develop and consistently employ prospect identification strategies;
* Monitor the integrity of the prospect management system by designing and implementing processes to measure and standardize procedures (including involvement and leadership in interdivisional and cross-division training);
* Perform extensive information searches efficiently and insightfully, utilizing fee-based and free database systems and other resources;
* Collaborate with the associate director of University Relations Research regarding budgeted resources, keeping current about new options and advising the team in a fiscally responsible manner;
* Collaborate with the associate director of University Relations Research on the annual review and redesign of the budget resources, particularly in evaluating new options for research tools as they emerge;
* Collaborate on the annual review of new parent prospects, identifying those qualifying as major gift prospects, volunteer solicitor prospects for the Puget Sound Fund, and other leadership roles throughout the department;
* Supervise, train, and direct Puget Sound student staff working in University Relations Research; and
* Other duties as needed.


* At least two years of experience in prospect research, or the equivalent;
* The ability to work and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a broad range of internal and external constituents including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends of the university;
* The ability to work independently, solve problems, handle confidential information, and navigate sensitive situations;
* Highly developed computer skills including:
* Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
* The talent to become a skilled user of the university's constituent relations software;
* Proficiency with fee-based electronic database systems aggregating information such as Lexis-Nexis, public and private company data, real estate assessment products, and the Foundation Center products;
* Excellent organizational and planning skills as well as superior attentiveness to detail;
* Familiarity with business, industry, and financial markets as well as the Washington State and Puget Sound business and philanthropic community;
* Knowledge and adherence to the ethics statements and privacy policies developed by APRA, CASE, and other similar organizations;
* A bachelor's degree; and
* Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

* Resume
* Letter of Interest

Apply: To review the full job announcement and apply online, please visit www.pugetsound.edu/employment<http://www.pugetsound.edu/employment>.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/diversity-at-puget-sound/

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.
Amelia Hooper | Research Associate
University Relations Research
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

1500 N. Warner St. #1085
Tacoma, WA 98416-1085

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