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Prospect Research Specialist

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Development and Fundraising

Job Description

The Prospect Research Team at Virginia Tech provides strategic intelligence to Advancement partners working to reach fundraising, participation, and engagement goals. In a division striving for continuous program innovation, the team pursues dynamic solutions to challenges and opportunities that transpire in a changing philanthropic landscape.

The Prospect Research Specialist position is crucial to the fundraising process by providing support to prospect development team members and colleagues within the division through baseline research, pipeline development, data validation, and data entry. This position will provide critical impact through proactive improvements and maintenance in the accuracy and breadth of information within the database.

This role requires intellectual curiosity, creativity, and strong attention to detail. Reporting to the Associate Director of Prospect Research, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

Performing research on constituents using various tools and techniques to identify biographical information, financial capacities, philanthropic interests, and relationships to the university, with a focus on prospects with a giving capacity up to $500,000

Participating in the coordination and validation of wealth and biographical screenings

Monitoring and processing news alerts and publications for constituent updates

Supporting pipeline development and discovery through alerts and donor report review

Improving data management within the database through related requests/projects, audits, and documentation updates

Conducting data entry, mass data imports/changes, and related database initiatives

Contributing to various new and ongoing projects as needed

Required Qualifications

Demonstrated experience working with Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access

Previous data entry, data audit, or relevant experience

Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively within a multi-team and inclusive environment; demonstrate discretion in working with confidential information

Demonstrated ability to balance competing priorities, meet deadlines, and prioritize multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment with minimal day-to-day supervision

Demonstrated ability to work flexibly and with a high degree of speed and accuracy

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience

Experience working with large relational databases

Research or project management experience

Demonstrated experience with searching online databases/sites and data mining techniques/procedures

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

November 7, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Advancement HRat advhr@vt.eduduring regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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