Research Analyst

POSTED: June 10, 2019

BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation

LOCATION: Purdue University Campus

POSITION TYPE: Full-time/Exempt

START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions:

  • Identify and rate new prospects in order to grow the prospect pipeline. 
  • Write reports, briefing materials, summaries, or profiles as needed by University officers and key volunteers to further Purdue’s fundraising programs.
  • Assist development officers in evaluating prospects based on estimated net wealth, giving capacities, as well as other factors, in order to create cultivation and solicitation strategies for prospects.
  • Assist development officers and their staff by training them in the use of research materials, on-line databases, prospect management functions of Ellucian’s Advance and Reeher, and other tools for prospect research and prospect management.
  • Coordinate with development officers and staff to strategize activities regarding prospects/donors and to share information appropriately by using the prospect management program, by attending unit, individual, corporate, and foundation campaign meetings, and by other identified means; make suggestions for portfolio additions.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the University Development Office’s records (on-line alumni/development database and documents) contain accurate and complete information.
  • Consult with and advise the Information Services staff and other development offices or departments, as needed, during implementation of Ellucian’s Advance upgrades and electronic screening implementation.
  • Participate in other appropriate projects, as determined and assigned by the Director or Associate Director.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent research and analytical skills are required.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and good organizational skills are required.
  • Must have knowledge of how to search commercial on-line databases, internet websites, and other more traditional resource materials.
  • Must be familiar with basic word processing.
  • Good working knowledge of Excel and any donor database preferred.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Library Science, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Business, or a related field required.
  • Two years of experience in development and fundraising, preferably in prospect research in an academic environment is desired.
  • Similar experience acceptable in business (e.g., corporate intelligence, legal research, marketing, journalism, or libraries).

Application Instructions: 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources at by Friday, June 28, 2019. 

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

Purdue Research Foundation does not accept resumes from third-party recruiters.

Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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