Prospect Research Officer

Department: Perkins Trust
Schedule: Full-Time

Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, Perkins School for the Blind has provided quality educational and residential services to students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind, empowering them to reach their maximum potential. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff.
The Prospect Research Officer supports the ongoing fundraising efforts of the Trust Team by providing strategic analysis of the existing and potential donor pipeline with the goal of expanding the major donor pool for both domestic and international programs. Reporting to the Director of Donor Operations and working closely with the Donor Operations Specialist and the frontline gift officers, the Prospect Research Officer will manage a comprehensive research program.
Responsibilities include:
Manage a comprehensive program of discovering, evaluating and qualifying existing donors and prospects, and their interests, relationships, inclination to give and philanthropic capacity to inform and support the Trust's fundraising strategies and outreach efforts.
Conduct proactive and reactive research. Be innovative and creative in devising new ways to secure information of critical importance to support effective cultivation and solicitation processes.
Prepare in-depth confidential research documents and biographical profiles on individual, corporate, and foundation donors and prospects for development staff members and senior executive officers; and assign giving capacities.
Support the screening of guests to special events, such as Taste of Perkins, Perkins Possibilities Gala, Golf and other events as needed.
Actively participate in prospect review strategic meetings and make recommendations regarding prospect management assignments and possible prospect connections.
Efficiently and accurately enter new prospect information and qualification codes into the database.
Track and share with the team news and information about top donors and prospects.
Identify the appropriate resources needed for completion of research requests and make recommendations for new search tools.
Stay abreast of best practices in prospect research by attending NEDRA/APRA conferences and training sessions.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements:
Bachelor's degree.
At least 6 years of prospect development experience required.
Prospect research experience for both domestic and international prospects required;
Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package which includes tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training.
How to apply: To apply for a position at Perkins School for the Blind, please visit our website, http://www.perkins.org/careers/

Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have relevant life experience are encouraged to apply.


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