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Prospect Research Assistant

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 108204
Title: Research Assistant
Functional Title: Prospect Research Assistant
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPUR-Development
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Prospect Research Assistant is a junior entry level position responsible for performing advanced research to obtain and develop profiles on prospective donors which includes individuals, corporations and foundations.

The Prospect Research Assistant is responsible for the management, analysis and dissemination of biographical, demographic and financial data on the University’s over 300,000 alumni, donors, prospects and volunteers acting as a resource to the division’s development officers, development directors, assistant vice presidents, and the vice president. The incumbent will serve as an expert user and reference on the University’s alumni/donor database and utilize professional resources to research information including news services, financial databases and property assessment records.

The position is responsible for writing original research; formulating strategies; completing prospecting projects; and monitoring news sources on a daily basis to capture information on current and future donors and incorporate into profiles and research. This position reports to the Senior Prospect Researcher and is assigned to work with on average 12 development team members.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience and at least one (1) year of office experience.

A minimum of one year (1) of office experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to conduct Internet searches.
Advanced Microsoft Office experience, including the ability to create template documents, tables and charts.
Excellent organizational skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Interpersonal skills and comfort in a team environment is essential.
Professional, positive manner and image required.


Knowledge and experience working with relational databases and using web-based databases.
Knowledge of specific research applications i.e., Lexis/Nexis and Dun & Bradstreet.
Prospect research experience.
Familiarity with higher education fundraising/development and educational programs.
Knowledge of major corporations, foundations and charitable individuals.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: This is a primarily a sedentary position involving extensive use of desktop computers. The position does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

For best consideration, please apply by Friday, April 21, 2017.

Benefits offered: The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

Posting Date: 03/31/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 04/21/2017
Physical Demands

This is a primarily a sedentary position involving extensive use of desktop computers. The position does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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