Development Research Analyst I

Posted on 10/12/2021

Duke Alumni Engagement & Development

Durham, NC

Occupational Summary
A variety of duties involving the collection, interpretation, analysis , and documentation of data on prospective donors. Submit reports to lea dership and gift officers across schools/units/initiatives with strategic recommendations regarding identification, cultivation, solicitation,  and stewardship of donors to Duke University. Position reports to the Assistant Director of Research in PRMA.

Work Performed
Prospect Identification, Research, and Analysis

  • Identify new prospects and projects that meet strategic priorities and objectives for annual, planned, major, and principal giving.
  • Responsible for d esign and upkeep of proactive research aligned with assigned portfolio, pipeline, and campaign priorities.
  • Demonstrate ability to partner with research requesters to identify specific research needs.
  • Monitor news sources for information on prospective and existing donors and trends in business, higher education, and philanthropy. Distribute news alerts as appropriate.
  • Maintain, update, and query donorrecords in the university database; provide system-generated reports for analysis and interpretation.
  • Respond to requests for giving capacity, business detail , areas of philanthropic interest, and other information for a variety of individuals and programs across the university. Respond to requests in a timely, thoughtful, and complete manner.
  • Focusing on wealth screening data, conduct research to determine donor giving capability and assess donor interest in various programs across the unive rsity.

Interpretation of Data

  • Discover, record, and interpret evidence of philanthropic interests in organizations and evaluate impact.
  • Using hard, soft, and public wealth indicators identify, evaluate, and track highly appreciated assets and estimate donor gift capacity through the analysis of complex individual, corporate, and foundation financial information.
  • Summarize information relevant to the timing of a gift synthesizing large amounts of data to create a concise and confidential research report in a variety of formats.
  • Present information in a variety of written formats including emails, reports, summaries, and abstracts.


  • Build strategic partnerships with development officers in schools a nd units across the university.
  • Assist in preparing presidential and dean briefings, bios, and related documentation as necessary. Aid in the development and/or coordination of written strategies for briefings and bios.

Behavioral Competencies

  • Self-Management
  • Curiosity and Information Seeking
  • Planning, Prioritizing, and Multitasking
  • Decisiveness and Judgment
  • Initiative
  • Attention to Detail
  • Expressing Ideas Orally and in Writing

Departments Education and Experience Preferences

Bachelor’s degree required with demonstrated skills in research, writing, and editing.

One year of successful development or research experience in a no n-profit or institution of higher education.
Highly developed scanning, skimming, and reading comprehension skills are esse ntial, as well as superior ability to assess the relative value of, synt hesize, and summarize relevant information into coherent, well-written d ocuments.
Ability to take initiative and exercise s ound independent judgement.
Ability to comfortably handle multiple priorities with attention to detail and timeliness.

Minimum Qualifications

Work requires the skills and knowledge normally acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s degree.

Work generally requires one year of experience in development research preferred. OR ANY OTHER EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE. or a related field. Work experience in research methodology strongly preferred.

Well-developed interpersonal skills and excellent written an d oral communication skills with an aptitude for critical thinking and problem-solving; ability to work well under pressure and maintain flexibility. Ability to support peers and leaders is essential.
Ability to learn to navigate unfamiliar information systems and use a variety of computer applications with little guidance.
Position requires diplomacy and sensitivity related to institutional prioritization of needs.
Skillful problem solving, curiosity, discretion, and continuous attention to detail
Excellent analytical skills and ability to interpret and analyze data

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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