Senior Prospect Development Analyst

Posted on 12/16/2021

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI

Job Summary: 

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks a Sr. Prospect Development Analyst to join its Institutional Advancement department. IA cultivates and stewards relationships from a variety of sources to support the priorities of the college. Institutional Advancement understands that art and design drive human progress and produces innovations that shape our world. It is deeply committed to building an inclusive community enlivened by a determination to address the most important challenges of our time. We seek applications from equity-minded candidates who are skilled with the ability to investigate, interpret, and compile personal and confidential data and present information in a clear and cohesive manner. The successful candidate will thrive in a campus environment that is committed to advancing the principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities.

The Sr. Prospect Development Analyst provides research and analysis of prospects and proactively identifies new prospective donors specific to fundraising objectives for the college and affiliated museum. This position analyzes organizational data, including donor trends and organizational performance, to provide actionable intelligence to Institutional Engagement leadership. The person in this position will synthesize information into written and/or visually compelling presentations focused on RISD’s fundraising goals. The Sr. Prospect Development Analyst will strategize and partner with Philanthropy Officers to support the development of high-potential prospect portfolios and maintain prospect-tracking systems.

Essential Functions: 

  • Identifies, qualifies, and researches prospects to ascertain their potential philanthropic support to RISD.
  • Provide background and financial assessment information for prospect visits by Philanthropy Officers, the President, the Museum Director, and others as needed.
  • Manages prospect progress through cultivation cycle.
  • Implements business processes for prospect and pipeline data tracking; ensures prospect portfolios contain a mix of prospects at appropriate stages with up-to-date information; partners with Philanthropy Officers to review prospect portfolios on a regular basis and develops ongoing portfolio maintenance solutions.
  • Provides analysis of complex results and/or activities, including analysis of donor trends, interests, giving capacity, affinity, overall prospect pool composition, and Philanthropy Officer performance, and makes recommendations for Institutional Engagement resource allocation and campaign planning.
  •  Partners with reporting colleagues to develop and refine automated reports on prospect and pipeline tracking, Philanthropy Officer performance-to-goal, and campaign progress.
  •  Responsible for developing and maintaining a streamlined system of storing confidential information on prospects, including alumni and friends.
  •  Maintains a queue of requests and a tracking system of activities.
  • Trains Development Officers on prospect management and proposal policies, and on the entry, tracking, and management of their activity in Raiser’s Edge.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with research and analysis methodologies and data visualization techniques.
  • Commitment to prioritizing inclusivity, diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Requires an ability to investigate, interpret, and compile personal and confidential data and present information in a clear and cohesive manner.
  • Must be detail-oriented with an inquiring mind and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to use independent judgment and to work in a collaborative team environment, exhibiting good listening skills and responsiveness. 
  • Proficiency with databases and data visualization tools required.
  • Strong mathematical and analysis skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum two years of experience in a development office of an institution of higher education or other non-profit organization required.

Work Schedule: 35 hours per week 12 months per year

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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