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Principal Prospect Analyst

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Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Development, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: University Advancement
Classification: Research Analyst 4
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $30.45 - $46.70 per hour
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins

May 27 (updated), 2024; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include a cover letter describing your experience conducting research on high-net-worth individuals in a fundraising, sales, or finance setting, demonstrating an understanding of strategies to identify a high-net-worth individual and characteristics or attributes that might suggest motivation to give to an institution of higher ed.

Please Note: We may contact applicants who meet the minimum requirements in the job posting to request additional information for the next stage of review.

Department Summary

University Advancement (UA) supports the University of Oregon’s (UO) mission of providing exceptional teaching, discovery, and service by strategically positioning the university to create awareness, build long-term relationships, and secure resources that increase understanding and further its aims. The division consists of approximately 150 employees primarily working out of Eugene and Portland. We are committed to fostering equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful environment that recognizes the value of all members of our community.

The Advancement Strategies and Technology Innovation (ASTI) department is focused on finding the solutions for foundational issues that will best position UO Advancement to achieve its goals around engagement and fundraising.

Prospect Development is responsible for the implementation of the prospect management system and for the identification of prospects, strategic prospect review, and providing intelligence to aid development officers in fundraising to their highest capacity. This department's work is critical to the future success of fundraising at the University of Oregon and the Development initiative to identify the next generation of philanthropic leaders. Prospect Development collaborates with each development team and the department as a whole to promote a systematic and quantifiable framework through which development staff manage relationships and analyze and identify prospects and related strategies.

Position Summary

The Principal Prospect Analyst partners closely with Advancement leadership and Development staff who are engaging principal and leadership gift prospects with a focus on donor and prospect pipeline management.

The primary responsibilities of this position are principal gift donor identification, portfolio strategy and management, tactical prospect research, making recommendations regarding principal prospect solicitations, and strategizing and coordinating with team members across the institution to gather and analyze information to assess long-term philanthropic potential and influence strategic engagement with UO’s VIP supporters.

This position collaborates with and makes recommendations to leadership and frontline fundraisers regarding prospective donors’ ability to give gifts of $1 million+ and potential programmatic or initiative-based philanthropic interests. Reporting to the Director, Prospect Development, the Principal Prospect Analyst serves as an internal consultant and subject matter expert on principal giving, demonstrating an understanding of the University of Oregon’s mission, programs, and key priority areas requiring current support. They serve as project leads on principal and leadership gift identification projects, monitoring and reviewing work, deliverables, and outcomes. They provide guidance to research analysts who may participate in this work, reporting out to the Director and Associate Director of Prospect Development, and to Advancement and Development leadership, as needed.

This position is also responsible for the analysis of the overall principal gift pipeline and development officer (DO) portfolios for effectiveness and opportunity. They recommend prospects for portfolios and assist in the creation of thoughtful and sophisticated strategies to engage prospects who are likely to become Principal Gift-level donors in the near future or over the course of a lifelong relationship with UO. The analyst evaluates the overall pool of leadership and principal gift prospects, the success of identification efforts, and the ultimate movement through the solicitation pipeline.

To be successful, the Principal Prospect Analyst will be able to ensure data integrity and treat donor information with the highest level of ethical standards. This position requires strong attention to detail as well as excellent analytical, problem-solving, project management, and organizational skills.

This position is located in Eugene. It is eligible to work a hybrid schedule and will need to work on campus an average of 2 days per week.

Minimum Requirements

• Three years of research experience applying research methods, procedures, and techniques in the fundraising, sales or finance fields; applying statistical and forecasting principles and procedures; planning and designing research projects;
writing technical research reports and/or documents; and using statistical computer software packages; OR
• An equivalent combination of training and experience.

Professional Competencies

• Strong organizational and time management skills with continuous attention to accuracy and detail.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including writing and presentation abilities.
• Ability to manage stressful situations with tact and diplomacy, handle sensitive and/or confidential information and work effectively with senior leadership, administrators, and other internal and external audiences.
• Excellent analytical skills and the ability to interpret and analyze data into actionable information for others.
• Ability to manage projects within a complex organization while maintaining attention to detail and accountability, adhering to firm schedules, and solving problems as they arise.
• Strong technical and software skills, including the ability to work extensively with Microsoft Office programs, Excel, and Word.
• Ability to assess and communicate the quality, reliability, and accuracy of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources and information as it applies to fundraisers and leadership.
• Ability to synthesize material from multiple sources in a coherent and accurate matter, and source content appropriately.
• Ability and willingness to work in an environment of frequent interruptions and competing priorities.
• Demonstrated intellectual curiosity and a desire to engage in research for practical fundraising purposes.
• Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals, recognizing and respecting the many and varied identities of each person.
• Ability to mentor and train others, and a willingness to share skills and techniques with peers and colleagues.
• Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

• An understanding of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) Body of Knowledge Domains and associated competencies.
• Experience using a fundraising specific CRM database, such as Ellucian Advance, Salesforce Affinaquest, or similar.
• Development services experience, preferably for an institution of higher education.
• Experience researching principal gift prospects and/or developing strategies to ensure and enhance a principal gift prospect pipeline.

FLSA Exempt: No

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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