• Research Analyst, Prospect ID and Analytics, Development Research

    Location US-MA-Brookline
    Job Posted Date 3 weeks ago(6/27/2018 11:44 AM)
    Job ID
    full time
  • Overview





    The Research Analyst in Development Research provides prospect identification and research support for the Division of Development & the Jimmy Fund.  The Analyst creates concise, accurate, and timely ratings and research profiles using biographical information, financial data, news, philanthropic history, etc.  S/he will also staff at least one pipeline builder on the Principal & Major Gifts team by responding to research requests and providing assistance with portfolio management.


    Embody Dana-Farber’s Core Values: Impact; Excellence; Compassion & Respect; and Discovery every day. Add value to the Dana-Farber community by seeking opportunities to collaborate across the Institute. Foster an ethical, positive, results-oriented culture founded on open communication. 


    Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.



    • Identifying and qualifying new prospects for fundraising business units.
    • Rating the giving capacity of individual prospects.
    • Supporting the research needs of assigned fundraisers/fundraising teams.
    • Providing brief research for weekly assignment and other proactive projects.
    • Making assignment recommendations for newly identified prospects.
    • Using data mining and other prospecting techniques to identify prospects for pipeline.
    • Analyzing research requests to determine appropriate level of detail required.
    • Identifying appropriate resources needed for completion of requests.
    • Creating concise, accurate, and timely research products using biographical information, financial data, news, and philanthropic history, while adhering to professional standards such as an individual's fundamental right to privacy and protecting the confidential information of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
    • Maintaining an expectation of excellence in both written and verbal communication, as well as a dedication to superior customer service with an emphasis on relationship building.
    • Tracking and disseminating news and information about top donors and prospects.
    • Staying abreast of trends in prospect research, online searching, and participating in professional development opportunities; will have the opportunity to develop analytic skills.
    • Continuously developing fundraising knowledge and professional skills through internal/external trainings, research webinars, and local and regional conferences and workshops.
    • Perform other research tasks as needed.



    Reports to Associate Director of Development Research. Has no direct supervisory responsibilities. This position will seek major decision-making authority from direct supervisors. However, independent work on day-to-day tasks and good judgment is required for dealing with Institute donors, senior staff, and confidential information.



    Bachelor’s Degree required; 2-3 years direct or comparable experience.



    Ability to work independently and as part of a team; superior communication, organizational, project management, writing, and analytical skills; ability to manage multiple clients and to meet deadlines. The Prospect ID team works in a fast-paced environment providing a quick turnaround of its products.


    The Analyst must apply creative thinking about possible trails to follow for prospect information. He/she must be curious, focused, and persistent in pursuing threads of information, and should be capable of interpreting complex documents, including corporate proxy statements and insider stock filings.  Also essential are high level writing skills, as the reports and briefings prepared in Development Research are used by Trustees, the President, the SVP of Development, and other senior Development and Jimmy Fund staff. The Analyst must also be able identify and adapt to shifting priorities, be flexible and resourceful, and exercise professionalism and discretion in working with confidential information.


    Technical Skills: Superior skills in Microsoft applications; familiarity with Internet search strategies and online subscription services such as Lexis-Nexis for Development Professionals, Foundation Directory, Wealth Engine, and Relationship Science.






    Workstation in typical office setting. Some use of a personal vehicle for business purposes may be necessary.


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