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Job Title: Development Research Analyst
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Washington, DC
Job Description: The Civil War Trust is the nation's leading American heritage land preservation organization. We seek a Development Research Analyst to be responsible for proactive major donor and prospect research efforts, to significantly grow the pool of Development prospects. This person will serve as a Development Research liaison to the Trust staff and will conduct high-level, thorough research of principal gift prospects and donors, and ensure that all information regarding these prospects/donors is continuously up to date. Use expert analysis to convert raw data and information into functional intelligence to meet the prospect information needs of the Development Department, and indirectly, the Board of Trustees.
I. Major Duties & Responsibilities
- 1. Under guidance from the Director of Development, conducts research to identify a continuous stream of new prospects for fundraising development.
- 2. Uses advanced research skill to collect, evaluate, analyze, organize, package, and disseminate information in a way that maximizes its usefulness and enables accurate and educated decision-making in the development of donor strategies.
- 3. Assists the Development Team in the creation and application of wealth and affinity scoring of individual, corporate and foundation prospects.
- 4. Composes, writes, edits, and proofreads briefing materials including, but not limited to, donor research profiles or reports, and other basic research reports. Ensures accuracy and completeness of reports and other documents.
- 5. Collaborates with Development staff for accurate interpretation and application of biographical information and assigned ratings such as wealth, capacity, and inclination, offering the most complete view of a donor/prospect relationship, both in written profiles and within the Trust’s database (Raiser’s Edge); participates in strategy sessions to determine best approach to prospects.
- 6. Conducts basic major donor and prospect ancestor / genealogy research to proactively identify connections to current and upcoming Trust land preservation projects.
- 7. Monitors market trends and media sources for relevant information on current principal gift donors.
- 8. Performs other Development Department duties as assigned from time to time, including preparation of departmental mailings, call sheets and other administrative duties.
II. Minimum Requirements
- - A bachelor's degree or equivalent business experience required.
- - Minimum of three years of relevant research experience is required.
- - Experience using development research tools including WealthEngine, WealthPoint, Foundation Search, LexisNexis for Development Professionals, or similar services and multi-constituent databases.
- - Knowledge of proactive fundraising research techniques.
- - Knowledge of prospect management and Raiser’s Edge is highly preferred.
- - Knowledge of and passion for the Civil War / American history / historic preservation is preferred.
2. Skills and Abilities
- - Superior oral and written communication skills
- - Excellent organizational and analytical ability and judgment
- - Demonstrated ability to use standard development practices and techniques
- - Able to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines
- - Flexible, responsible, and able to balance competing demands
- - Knowledge of solicitation strategy and major gifts process and the ability to work with Development Officers to help build prospect strategy
- - Ability to evaluate complex business and financial data; task orientation with minimal supervision; highly-developed sense of initiative and ingenuity; ability to handle highly confidential material with discretion; ability to work as a team member
- - Knowledge of changing market of subscription-based research resources such as electronic wealth-screening services, news databases, and business directories
How to Apply
To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to email@example.com. Before applying, please spend considerable time on our world-class website, www.civilwar.org, to learn about our mission.
Due to the high volume of applications, we apologize, but we are unable to reply individually to each inquiry, or to respond to phone calls. Thank you.
The Civil War Trust, America's largest battlefield preservation organization, provides students interested in history and conservation with opportunities few groups can match. If you have a passion for the American Civil War, Civil War Trust is the place you’ll want to be.
The Civil War Trust offers paid internships on both a full and part time basis. Typically we are flexible enough to accommodate students and their busy schedules.
Interns will get hands-on experience working on a variety of projects for a leading nonprofit organization. Because the Civil War Trust has a small office, interns will have the benefit of taking on meaningful projects.
Depending on interest or aptitude, an intern might engage in any number of the activities at the Civil War Trust: developing content for our organization's website and our quarterly magazine, developing land acquisition applications, maintaining public relations resources, conducting donor research, or researching Civil War educational topics.
In order to help us evaluate appropriate internship matches, applicants should indicate their areas of experience and the types of skills they hope develop over the course of their tenure with the Civil War Trust.
To apply, please send your cover letter specifying availability and interests, résumé, and two brief writing samples (no more than five pages each, excerpts from larger works is fine) to:
Civil War Trust
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20005
Or send via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Civil War Trust is looking for students with a passion for history, as well as good interpersonal, writing and computer skills. Applicants proficient in MS office preferred. Web publishing skills are a significant plus.
The Civil War Trust is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.