Research Analyst, University Development Office

POSTED: January 11, 2018

BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation

LOCATION: Purdue University campus


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.

 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.


  • 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, Access, and any donor database preferred.


  • 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

This position is located on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, IN. For more information on careers in the Development Office, visit

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

The Purdue Research Foundation is unable to sponsor an employment related visa for this position.

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