LOCATION: BRONX, NY
POSITION: Development Associate, Research
REPORTS TO: Senior Development Officer, Research
SUPERVISES: This position will co-supervise one Intern
OBJECTIVES: The Development Associate, Research will work as an integral member of the
Development Department Research team to document and research key prospects with
capacity and propensity for significant contributions the WCS and to prepare profiles and
briefings for review by the Senior Development Officer, Research. The outcome will be to
enable fundraisers to effectively cultivate and solicit new and existing prospects.
Candidate should have intellectual curiosity and a strong interest in philanthropy research.
1. Identify key prospects for WCS by working with Senior Development Officer, Research, and
other Development staff to:
' Undertake strategic review of WCS donor and constituent records
' Analyze wealth indicators and review other donor lists and source materials to determine
worth, giving propensity, philanthropic interests
and connection to WCS trustees/constituents and ultimately rate prospects by potential and
likelihood to give to WCS.
' Monitor media/publications/research source documents for new information on key prospects.
2. Prepare Briefing materials/profiles in collaboration with Senior Development Officer,
Research and senior fundraising staff
' Develop new and update existing briefings/profiles on major prospects
' Maintain briefings and profiles on shared database and update Raiser's Edge records as
' Prepare briefings for senior fundraising and administrative staff.
3. Work with Senior Development Officer, Research, and senior fundraising staff in
development, maintenance and tracking of prospect lists
' As appropriate, support and attend prospect evaluation and assignment meetings
' Attend/review debriefs of prospects visits and events as necessary
4. Oversee administrative functions for the Development Research Department
' Oversee the Research Department budget
' Input raw data on prospects into Raiser's Edge
' Prepare expense payment requests
' Maintain and order research resources for Research department, as needed and as
experience. Candidate must have excellent organizational and research skills, aptitude for
online search through both public search engines and paid databases, thorough attention to
detail and analysis, strong written and oral communications skills, and multi-tasking ability.
Candidate is expected to work well within a team while demonstrating initiative on individual
projects. Required is a strong proficiency with Microsoft Office, familiarity with prospect
research sources, techniques, and tools. Experience with Raiser's Edge (or similar database)
and Lexis Nexis, as well as knowledge of and interest in New York's philanthropic and financial
community a plus. Candidate should have intellectual curiosity and a strong interest in