University of Michigan – Development Research Analyst

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Job Summary

Reports to: Associate Director, Development Research

Supervises directly: N/A

Position summary: The Prospect Development & Analytics (PDA) team comprises qualitative and quantitative analysts who help identify, cultivate, and understand prospects who are interested in making philanthropic contributions to the University of Michigan. The Research Team is a subset of PDA, primarily focused on providing actionable insights and problem-solving strategies. We collaborate extensively with fundraisers at all of UM’s schools, colleges, and units in order to promote data-driven best practices university-wide. Besides being immensely interesting and challenging, our work has the potential to shape fundraising both at U-M and beyond for years in the future.


We are a team of consultants working to help the University of Michigan use data to build stronger relationships with its alumni and friends. The research team works with major gift officers across the university’s schools, colleges, and units to help them use data to inform their efforts and strategies in the major giving space. We’re looking for someone who loves working independently and creating strategies to achieve goals. Ability to creatively solve problem and to work as part of a highly-functioning team is a must. While having development experience is helpful, it is more important that the candidate is a self-starter who is comfortable working in a sometimes ambiguous and very complicated de-centralized environment. A typical work week includes meeting with teammates and colleagues across campus, analyzing data in spreadsheets, and creating actionable data in the donor database.

Distribution of responsibilities is: Needs Assessment, Outreach and Partnering (30%); Prospect Identification and Research (60%); and Professional and Team Development (10%).

Required Qualifications*

A Bachelor’s degree is required.

As a research team we love to work collaboratively-bouncing ideas off each other and brainstorming. The ideal candidate will be someone who is good at working in this way and recognizes its importance. At the same time, we are all working with various partners across campus, so the ability to direct one’s own work and ask (and later answer) questions that lead to effective utilization of our data is imperative.

The candidate needs to be able to navigate ambiguity to create clear and actionable strategies for meeting fundraising needs.
Working with various units across campus is a fun and interesting challenge because they all have unique problems and needs. This diversity requires an ability to learn quickly and take learnings and apply them to diverse situations.

We need someone who believes in the power of data to help in making more informed decisions.

A large function of our job is to analyze information and data and to then synthesize into actionable conclusions. The ability to read and skim and distill information and to then communicate that information in a clear and concise manner is an absolute necessity.

Our work reaches the highest levels of the university, including the President of the University and the Vice President for Development. Professionalism in working with all colleagues, including those at the highest level is required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • We don’t require a specific background, but are looking for skills gained from self-directed and goal-oriented work.
  • Experience with or interest in learning both a donor database and all that Excel has to offer is important.
  • Interest in being a part of creating a best-in-class prospect development team through innovation, networking with peers, and presenting at conferences.

Additional Information

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Mission Statement
The Office of University Development maximizes private support for the University of Michigan through high-quality collaboration with the development programs of schools, colleges, and units. We also provide fundraising leadership through the stimulation and facilitation of healthy, productive and life-long relationships with our colleagues, alumni, friends, foundations and corporations.

The U-M development community is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse and thriving workforce, and demonstrating respect and inclusivity for all.

Application Deadline
Although the Posting End Date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed anytime after a posting duration of seven calendar days.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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