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Prospect Researcher (Fundraising) (2011-11-07)

October 14, 2011 - November 07, 2011
Location:Washington, DC
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a foreign policy think tank with global operations, seeks a resourceful, energetic individual to work with the Development team to create and manage the donor prospect research function. Successful candidate will work closely with fundraising staff on devising and documenting cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and ensure that proper systems and data maintenance are in place to support these activities. This newly created position will report to the Senior Director of Development.
Duties:Responsibilities will include conducting donor prospecting and research (by request and proactively), using internet, print, electronic, in-house files, interviews with staff, and other sources of information. Donor pool includes foundations, corporations, government agencies, financial institutions, international funding sources and individuals. Position will draft research profiles; prepare prospect briefings prior to visits and events; develop, organize and maintain the prospect database; produce database queries and reports and track progress toward goals; monitor news about current donors and prospects, informing development staff; monitor open calls for proposals (RFPs) from foundations and government sources; track trends/developments in philanthropic community (e.g. companies expanding into regions where CEIP works; membership of business councils and chambers of commerce; newly created foundations; top 100 foundations; etc.); stay abreast of evolving prospect research tools and methods; participate in the development and execution of cultivation and stewardship mailings, meetings, and events; and other related duties.
Qualifications:Ideal candidate will have at least 3 years’ experience in conducting prospect research; demonstrated skills and experience in identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing prospects; experience with and knowledge of broad uses of donor databases and contact management; ability to oversee data integrity and to coordinate systems that improve efficiency; outstanding planning, written and oral communication, time management and organizational skills; strong MS Office skills; and an ability to work well under pressure and with deadlines. Strong interest in international affairs preferred.

Located in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, the position offers a competitive salary and outstanding benefits.

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