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The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center
Tyler, Texas, United States
23 hours ago


The University of Texas at Tyler encourages applications for a Director of Prospect Research within the advancement office.  Reporting to the Senior Director of Advancement Services, the Director of Prospect Research (DPR) will lead and set a strategic direction for prospect identification, qualification, and research aimed at reaching annual and long-term fundraising goals. The DPR must demonstrate sound project management skills as well as a high level of professionalism, working both independently and in a team environment to ensure success, while collaborating with senior advancement leaders to develop a high-quality moves management process for all front-line fundraisers.

The DPR provides leadership and sets strategic direction for prospect identification, qualification, and research to support UT Tyler’s fundraising priorities.  As a critical member of the advancement team, the DPR will be expected to collaborate with all members of University Advancement, as well as key administrative units across the institution.

The DPR will build a collaborative and centralized prospect management system, while simultaneously providing research, analyses, and robust prospect profiles in support of reaching UT Tyler’s fundraising goals. This includes assisting with the identification of prospective members of the Development Board, President’s/Deans' Advisory Councils, and other formal volunteer committees. This position is critical to overall advancement success by building a sustainable and broad-based major, leadership, and principal gifts, as well as corporate and foundation relations pipeline. This includes proactively identifying prospects, developing relationship-based prospect research, coding, and reporting.


Major Responsibilities/Duties/Critical Tasks

  • Provide leadership and direct management for the Office of Prospect Research.
  • Develop and manage comprehensive training, tools, and resources to be successful in identifying, reporting on, tracking, segmenting, and analyzing prospects and donors to meet annual and long-term University fundraising objectives.
  • Anticipate and respond appropriately to the needs of development officers by producing profiles.
  • Develop and implement vision and leadership in cross-unit collaborations.
  • Develop and manage strategic relationships with leadership to address needs and to create development officer metrics’ reports.
  • Partner with senior management in the development and implementation of a comprehensive campaign, providing gift range charts, prospect screening tools, and reports for campaign volunteer leadership. Assist in the development and implementation of campaign progress reports.
  • Establish and disseminate guidelines and procedures for campus-wide prospect management and tracking interactions with prospective donors.
  • Establish, maintain, and disseminate guidelines for the moves management system.
  • Participate as a liaison to senior advancement leadership by conducting research, portfolio maintenance, moves management evaluation, and completing analytics projects.
  • Evaluate and maintain a system to assign prospects to gift officer portfolios and monitor related moves management activities.
  • Secure screening contracts and reevaluate prospect rating system.
  • Lead planning meetings, strategy development, and prospect qualification meetings.
  • Develop and implement methods for identifying new potential prospects for relevant areas of responsibility for development officers. Design and develop studies and reports using research and screening tools on prospect constituencies.
  • Keep current on research and fundraising trends through regular contact with development and research colleagues at peer institutions as well as vendors. Facilitate ongoing educational meetings on fundraising or philanthropy trends.
  • Supervise prospect research and management projects, ensuring a high level of performance.
  • Devise and manage a comprehensive analytics program, including but not limited to; predictive modelling, wealth screening, data mining and benchmarking, gift officer productivity metrics, portfolio audit/balancing, pipeline management, and other methodologies.
  • Direct supervision of the prospect management and analytics staff.
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Required Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience in prospect research. 
  • Management experience preferred.
  • Extensive systems experience and database skills (Raisers Edge, Wealth Engine, etc).
  • Vast experience with moves management.
  • Experience working in a higher education setting and/or hospital foundation preferred.

Accompanying Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Must be able to utilize a variety of computer software programs to successfully complete assigned tasks. Proficient with donor and subscription databases and on-line search tools, such as Raisers Edge, Wealth Engine, or other data mining products.
  • Proficient in determining wealth capacity ratings for prospects/donors.
  • Ability to utilize a variety of communication styles to achieve successful outcomes and negotiate agreements.
  • Ability to establish, nurture, and maintain productive relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Successful track record working with boards, donors, the public, and staff.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, working both independently and as a team member.
  • Demonstrated record of completing assignments.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, analytical, written, and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to set priorities and manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Must be able to treat confidential and sensitive information appropriately.
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.


About The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler is part of the prestigious University of Texas System that includes 13 institutions located throughout the state. Founded in 1971, UT Tyler today enrolls 10,000 students and consists of six colleges. 

Our beautiful Tyler campus features more than 200 acres nestled along a lake and surrounded by thick pine and oak forests, providing a picturesque location for study and recreation. We also offer instructional sites at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and in Palestine, Longview, and Houston.

With more than 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs offered, UT Tyler provides a wealth of learning opportunities and dynamic programs.

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Additional Information

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

EEO/AA Statement

The University of Texas at Tyler is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 63538190
  • Location:
    Tyler, Texas, United States
  • Position Title: Director of Prospect Research
  • Company Name For Job: The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center
  • Mission / Industry: College / University
  • Job Function: Academic / Research
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Min Education: Experienced
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
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