Pitzer College’s Office of College Advancement seeks a talented professional for the position of Advancement Research Coordinator. This position is an opportunity be a part of the behind-the-scenes work that makes Pitzer’s aspirations a reality. The ideal candidate enjoys mining databases and the internet for information on individuals and organizations, has solid analytical skills and enjoys working independently as well as part of a team. Attention to detail, strong writing skills and the ability to communicate tactfully are critical qualifications for this position.
Pitzer College is a top-ranked liberal arts institution and member of the prestigious consortium of The Claremont Colleges. With a student body of approximately 1,000 co-educational undergraduates, Pitzer’s core values include social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement and environmental sustainability. The College ranks eighth in the country for most engaged students in community service, fifth for the most undergraduate students studying abroad, and number one for six straight years in the most Fulbrights awarded to students.
Essential Functions: Please note this is a summary of the main functions for the position; for a detailed description please visit our recruitment site at the web address listed below.
1. Conduct research on individuals, corporations, and foundations using print and electronic sources as well as in-house files, documents, and interviews with fundraising staff. 2. Analyze gathered information, using knowledge of Advancement goals and priorities and good judgment. 3. Develop a variety of reference materials for Advancement and other College constituents in the support of fundraising goals. a. Prepare confidential, strategic briefings for events and visits with prospects. b. Prepare confidential profiles. c. Assist in creating prospecting lists for high-level donor events and regional travel. 4. Conduct research to match potential donors to fundraising priority projects and make portfolio assignment recommendations. 5. Review news sources for new prospects as well as information pertinent to current prospects, donors, trends, philanthropy, and education. 6. Use social media as a research tool to track prospects and donors. 7. Stay current on economic conditions and philanthropic trends as they affect higher education. 8. Coordinate to maintain data integrity throughout the database record keeping system. 9. Assist with maintaining the department’s prospect management/tracking system and make recommendations for further development and improvements. 10. Field questions about donor research and the prospect tracking system as needed. 11. Assist with development of computerized reports and other tools needed for the prospect research program. 12. Along with other members of the advancement team, staff key campus events (e.g. Parent Orientation, Family Weekend, Alumni Weekend). 13. Perform other essential duties and tasks specific to the position, including special projects or assistance with events as assigned.
Work Hours: The regular hours for this position are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. These hours may vary due to needs of the College or department.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
1. Able to analyze and interpret data and information. Able to resolve subtle discrepancies in publicly available information. 2. Strong ability to find and interpret information in LexisNexis and other information resources. a) Working knowledge for accessing and creating queries, reports, and exports in Raiser’s Edge is preferred. 3. Ability to comprehend and utilize data from U.S. SEC documents and foundation 990 tax forms. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality. 4. Excellent communication skills in English (both written & oral) with the ability to be mindful of the target audience. 5. Strong attention to detail, particularly with respect to maintaining Advancement records. 6. Fluency using recent versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and various social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. 7. Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed. 8. Understanding of and commitment to the mission and values of Pitzer College, including liberal arts education, cultural diversity, social justice, and environmental sustainability.
Education: Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, OR any combination education/training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Experience: A minimum of two years of experience working with relational databases is required. Experience in higher education or the nonprofit sector is preferred.
Physical Requirements: This is generally a sedentary position. Must be able to sit for prolonged periods and have the manual dexterity to operate a computer for prolonged periods.
Additional Salary Information: Rate of Pay: The hourly rate is commensurate with qualifications, plus excellent benefits which can be viewed at http://pitweb.pitzer.edu/human-resources/benefits/.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.