Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Senior Associate Director, Research, the Coordinator supports the prospect research efforts of the External Relations and Development team. S/he will focus on prospect identification and analysis, uncover, evaluate, and/or assess new potential prospects and donors, primarily relying on online resources, as well as identify developments, best practices in all research initiatives.
The successful candidate must be a strategic thinker, effective in moving strategic agendas, politically savvy, ensure the utmost discretion in all matters, as well as possess an ability to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, have a sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality. Additionally, s/he must have the ability to manage detailed work and projects, as well as possess strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills. This individual will meet core and partnership values of teamwork, integrity, accountability, and respect and be a strong and motivated team member invested in raising the bar for External Relations and Development at Columbia Business School.
Responsibilities: 1.Collaborates with the Assistant Director, Donor and Prospect Relations on donor identification projects in support of the long-term research strategy. Conducts research to identify new fundraising prospects, including use of electronic wealth screenings, among other resources.
2.Creates a variety of research documents relating to past, current, and prospective donors in support of the fundraising process, including event briefings and capacity rating summaries/write-ups. Performs basic wealth research on prospects and assist with profile updates.
3.Conducts research to ensure integrity of information contained in proprietary database, track research requests, and output, and create research-related reporting as needed. Works closely with colleagues throughout the department to assist the group in identifying best practices, strategic developments, and advancement of all Prospect Development initiatives.
4.Evaluates existing and potential research tools, making recommendations for their utility, best use practices, and possible enhancements. Navigates unfamiliar information systems and use a variety of computer applications to identify new prospects and reports on items of interest to the development staff.
5.Assesses the impact of and optimizing research materials for end users. Documents procedures and processes, as required to ensure consistency and continuity.
6.Plans and participates in various External Relations events needed.
7.Other duties and special projects as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent, and 1-2 years related experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate must be able to work independently, exercise sound judgment, anticipate and proactively troubleshoot and problem-solve issues related to their role. Additionally, must demonstrate outstanding research and writing ability, exceptional attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work autonomously and collaboratively in a fast-paced, team environment. Knowledge of all basic Microsoft Office applications required; experience with data analysis and database management preferred. Some evening and weekend hours are required. Must possess the ability to assess the value of and synthesize large volumes of information into coherent, well-written documents and work with changing priorities and multiple projects. Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including a high level of attention to detail and active listening skills. Candidates chosen for interviews will be asked to submit writing samples and references.
Preferred Qualifications: 1-2 years related experience preferred, ideally in an academic or nonprofit setting. Experience conducting research is a plus.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_174337
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