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Prospect Researcher

Company: ASU Enterprise Partners
Date Posted: May 23, 2017

Prospect Researcher
ASU Enterprise Partners

What we do:

ASU Enterprise Partners is a global-reaching non-profit based in Tempe, AZ. We raise resources to support students, researchers and programs at Arizona State University so that they can improve the world.

As is customary at ASU, we operate a little differently: not only do we cultivate philanthropy, we also identify real estate, technology transfer, international partnership and defense research opportunities that yield private support for the university. You can learn more about each of these entities at

Who we are:

Our team is varied – fundraisers, designers, scholars, financial wizards, ex-CEOs, filmmakers, venture capitalists, inventors, volunteers – and each member brings a different perspective to our vision.

Regardless of background, we share a mission that we can help, that quality higher education should be accessible -- no matter from where one comes -- and that we are responsible for the wellbeing of the communities we live in and serve.

Want to advance the most innovative university in the country – and your work? Join us.

There is no single career journey at Enterprise Partners. Roles often shift as passions are discovered. You’ll be encouraged to look across the organization to determine if new areas are of interest – whether in fundraising, real estate development, social media or something else. Training courses are offered every week, and our main offices face ASU’s Tempe campus, where our employees’ tuition is significantly reduced.

Our advancement opportunities are real – and so is the ability to be part of an intellectually stimulating, people-focused, mission-driven team doing meaningful work in a beautiful, vibrant, sunlit location.

Details about our comprehensive benefits are available at

Partner Description:
ASU Enterprise Partners Shared Services

Enterprise Partners Shared Services comprises teams of investment and finance, law, information systems, human resources and communication experts who provide centralized guidance and support to each entity that makes up ASU Enterprise Partners: the ASU Foundation, University Realty LLC, ASU Research Enterprises, Arizona Technology Enterprises and Research Collaboratory at ASU.

Role summary:
In a partnership with fundraising staff members, the Prospect Researcher will identify new donor investors 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:

Identify and analyze data gained from in-house databases and outside vendor wealth screenings to determine a donor investor’s giving capacity, interest, and ties to University

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 for purposes of wealth assessment

Create financial qualification and in-depth financial profiles, and rate current and prospective donor investors for various University fundraising initiatives and volunteer leadership opportunities

Uphold all fundraising and prospect research professional standards and expectations

Collaborate 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 individual biographical, financial, business, and relationship information on the alumni and development donor database

Assist in maintaining database records and promoting system integrity

What you’ll need:

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 experience:
Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred with a minimum of one year 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.

Contact us today.

ASU Enterprise Partners offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) plan and reduced tuition at ASU.

For more information on ASU Enterprise Partners, visit our web site at If interested in the Prospect Researcher position, please apply online at

ASU Enterprise Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer