Prospect Research Manager

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is recruiting for a Prospect Research Manager. The Prospect Research Manager directs a team of Prospect Research professionals and assists the Managing Director in driving quality and innovation in prospect (potential donor) development.

Primary responsibilities will include:

Prospect Research Operations

  • Provide leadership for Prospect Research services.
  • Prioritize, assign and monitor progress of Prospect Research requests and projects.
  • Represent Prospect Research and RPM in Advancement and Development functions.
  • Serve as Prospect Research functional lead for CRM, keeping current on new features and participating in future system development.

Human Resources Management

  • Recruit, interview and select highly talented and qualified staff for open positions.
  • Orient, train, mentor, coach and develop staff members, encouraging an appropriate level of independence and supporting professional growth.
  • Identify the current and long-term development/training needs of individuals and groups, and provide or facilitate access to appropriate development experiences.
  • Establish and monitor performance measures and take steps needed to ensure staff meet or exceed the established goals.

Research & Prospect Management Operational Support

  • Work with Managing Director to identify and implement improvements to policy, procedure, training, best practices and reporting.
  • Provide input to annual budget for prospect research subscription tools and oversee their usage.
  • Manage special projects and program initiatives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Managing Director.

Support a service-oriented atmosphere in accordance with WFAA mission, values and philosophy

  • The transforming impact of the UW Madison;
  • The treatment of all with high ethical and behavioral standards including honesty, integrity, respect, courtesy, and dignity;
  • The spirit, involvement, participation, engagement, and impact of alumni and friends with the UW-Madison and with each other;
  • The joy of giving and the power of philanthropy;
  • The interdependent nature of all aspects of the Parties’ collective relationships in fulfilling their missions; and
  • The highest level of stewardship of the investment of donors’ philanthropy in support of the UW-Madison and the relationships and trust accrued through alumni development and engagement activities.

Required Qualifications

  • 3 + years of experience in prospect development, or equivalent experience in research or information related field within an academic, nonprofit, or corporate environment.
  • 1 + year of leadership / supervisory experience with direct reports
  • Advanced MS Office skills required. Demonstrated experience in research using internet and subscription resources; familiarity with using a variety of online databases and internet search tools; experience with relational databases preferred.

This is a full time, exempt position, reporting to the Managing Director, Research and Prospect Management. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefit program.

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