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Prospect Researcher, Corporate & Foundation

ASU Foundation
Job Location:
Tempe, Arizona
Institutional Research and Planning

Job Type: Full time

Job Number: R319

Location: Tempe, AZ

Who We Want:

Prospect Researcher, Corporate & Foundation

ASU Enterprise Partners, a private, nonprofit organization comprised of five subsidiaries that raise, create and invest resources for Arizona State University, is seeking a Prospect Researcher to join the Foundation Operations team.

Chiefly supporting the Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) fundraising team in its efforts to identify organizational prospects for ASU's units and initiatives, the Corporate & Foundation Prospect Researcher will identify new and qualify existing organizational funders through innovative, systematic, prospect identification processes and will assist in the development of strategies for engaging and cultivating major gift donors. We have a highly supportive work environment, great partnership with other University fundraising staff, and cutting-edge research resources.

What you'll do:

  • Conduct in-depth research on individuals, corporations, and foundations, utilizing confidential files and print, electronic, and on-line resources
  • Analyze, interpret, and summarize financial disclosure documents (e.g. 990s) to determine gift/grant capacity
  • Uphold all fundraising and prospect research professional standards and expectations
  • Collaborate and strategize regularly with development staff in order to gain an understanding of their goals and priorities and advise them about identification, engagement, solicitation, and stewardship strategies to maximize fundraising effectiveness
  • Strategize and assist development staff in ranking and prioritizing prospects for engagement and solicitation
  • Initiate contact with and respond to requests from development staff, adhering to deadlines and maintaining positive, productive relationships
  • Maintain and update organizational profiles, including grant, financial, business, and relationship information for top corporate, foundation and company prospects/donors
  • Assist in maintaining database records and promoting system integrity
  • Prepare reports on status of organizational prospects, CFR portfolios, and national organization giving trend data
  • Conduct special research projects as assigned

What you'll need:

  • Strong writing and proof-reading ability required  
  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment 
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to Enterprise Partners, its subsidiaries and University business and confidential prospect information
  • Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, writing, and by phone
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible 
  • Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies
  • Ability to represent the institution well
  • An advocate's belief in the vision of ASU as the New American University
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects
  • Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans
  • Advanced computer skills that include significant knowledge with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Knowledge of standard office policies and procedures
  • Excellent customer relation skills, communication and follow through
  • Ability to prepare and deliver presentations

Relevant qualifications:

Bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred with experience in prospect research experience, development, fundraising, financial analysis, and/or relevant experience in an academic setting. Prefer candidates with understanding of and competency with the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) Basic Skill Sets and knowledge of prospect management systems and processes.

Mental demands:

Clarity of focus while juggling complex projects or meeting deadlines. 

Working conditions:

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work. Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses. Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions. This position may require some early mornings and evenings to accommodate meetings and events. This position will currently require you to work from the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

ASUEP follows federal guidance which requires employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, except in limited circumstances in which an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation for medical or religious reasons.

Working equipment:

This position will require a desktop computer and mobile communication device ($30 bi-weekly payroll reimbursement).

Contact us today.

For more information on ASU Enterprise Partners, visit our web site at

ASU Enterprise Partners and its subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that is firmly committed to promoting justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within our organization and throughout our sphere of influence. Because we embrace a spirit of innovation and achievement, we will endeavor to maximize the talent and potential of all employees, directors, and volunteers through bold and strategic action aimed at building success and a sense of belonging. All employees are expected to act in good faith to support these actions and to not impede the efforts of others to build a just, equitable, diverse and inclusive organization.

ASU Enterprise Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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