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  • Research Analyst - Development (Prospect Identification Analyst)

    The University of St. Thomas

    Research Analyst - Development (Prospect Identification Analyst)

    The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Research Analyst (Prospect Identification Analyst) position within the University Development and Alumni Relations Department.

    The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission to inspire our students, using the Catholic intellectual tradition, to think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely – all for 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

    Reporting to the Director of Prospect Management and Research, the Prospect Identification Analyst is responsible for refining and improving prospect identification tools and implementing proactive prospect identification processes to support the University’s strategic fundraising initiatives. This position synthesizes, analyzes and disseminates prospect information to prospect management and research team members, development officers and other staff as appropriate. This position combines research responsibilities with opportunity to build an analytics program.


    1. Develop and implement a principal and major gifts prospect qualification process, with an emphasis on building pools of prospects for the University’s strategic initiatives; continually improve and refine processes that generate prospect leads. Use internal data, screenings and subscription tools.

    2. Collaborate with Prospect Management and Research team to identify and provide recommendations of potential prospects for gift officer portfolios. Oversee student workers with prospect identification projects, as needed.

    3. Research new prospects using experience and judgement to qualify prospects for major gift development. Review process includes capacity verification, demographic updates, broad interest and philanthropic history and rationale for gift officer assignment.

    4. Develop and utilize data mining, predictive modeling and donor analytics to increase number of newly identified prospects with high giving capacity and identify potential donors for fundraising initiatives; perform regular analysis and maintenance of established qualified prospect pools.

    5. Consult with development partners to understand constituent base and fundraising goals, develop annual prospect identification plans, define prospect pool requirements, and explain and review outcomes.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, marketing, statistics, or a related field
    Tthree years of experience in development research using statistical software, analytics, data mining or a related computerized data analysis tools

    Preferred Qualifications

    Experience developing predictive and segmentation models in a fundraising environment preferred
    An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.


    On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and pasting a job specific cover letter.

    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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