Prospect Research Analyst

Posted Date 1 month ago(10/21/2021 12:20 PM)
Number of Openings
Closing Date
Applicant review will begin November 1st and continue until a sufficient pool has been achieved.
Type of Search
Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Position Number
St Paul
University Advancement
FLSA Status
Employment Type
Full-Time Staff
Assigned Months per Year
Benefits Eligible


The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Prospect Research Analyst position within University Advancement.


The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely to advance the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.



The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits



The Prospect Research Analyst reports to the Director of Prospect Management and Research and is responsible for the identification and initial assessment of new prospects capable of contributing significant financial support to the University of St. Thomas, as well as maintaining the prospect database and providing ongoing analysis of the prospect pipeline. The Prospect Research Analyst monitors a variety of sources, including relevant websites, government and financial documents and screening data, and acts on leads from development officers and volunteers to identify new prospective donors. The Prospect Research Analyst supports pipeline development at St. Thomas by using creative techniques and methodologies to ensure campus fundraising priorities have highly populated, strategic, accessible, and well-organized prospect pools.



1.      Prospect Research: Analyze and synthesize information from available internal and external data sources including wealth screening vendors, public and online resources to assess financial capacity, philanthropic tendencies, giving propensity and connections to St. Thomas; calculate prospect capacity ratings based on industry best practices and emerging trends in research methodologies; implement new research techniques and employ data-driven prospect identification processes; accurately interpret complex business and financial documents


2.      Pipeline Development: Build, prioritize and refine pools of major, principal and planned giving prospects for colleges, schools, units and key fundraising priorities; manage infrastructure and systematize process to continually review and prioritize pooled prospects in order to maintain prospect movement through the pipeline; develop ongoing gap analysis for key fundraising priorities and advance pipeline development plans that drive prospect identification progress; define optimal pipeline development key performance indicators


3.      Database Management/System Design: Drive pipeline development tracking system and process in database and internal platforms; collaborate with Development Systems partners to design and harness tools and platforms to optimize prospect identification efforts; serve as super-user of advancement systems including Banner and Oracle and provide ongoing training and documentation to colleagues; develop reporting and business intelligence documents for advancement leadership and development officers; oversee student workers with pipeline development data entry projects


4.      Prospect Management: Partner with prospect management team to recommend prospects for development officer portfolios; collaborate with development officers to identify prospect leads through volunteers and external sources


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Three years of experience in prospect research, development, or a related information field
  • Must demonstrate a willingness and ability to support a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the University of St. Thomas
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or eligible for legally required exemption such as a medical or religious reason

Equivalent combination of education and experience, with demonstrated competencies in applied marketing research, financial analysis, library science or similar fields considered. 


Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference for individuals with experience working in the nonprofit sector, and/or an academic institution, and who have been involved in fundraising or development



All interested candidates must apply online at Follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes creating or updating an applicant profile, uploading a resume, and completing a job specific application.


In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.


All University of St. Thomas employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Limited exemptions will be made for medical and religious reasons. Our offer of employment is contingent upon the verification of your COVID-19 vaccination or an approval through our exemption process of a medical or religious exemption.


The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at


The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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