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Senior Reporting and Research Analyst

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN 

Senior Reporting and Research Analyst                       

DEPARTMENT: Institutional Engagement

REPORTS TO: Executive Director of Advancement Services

SALARY GRADE: 09/AD                                                                                                           

STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt, 2-Year Contract Position

JOB SUMMARY (OVERVIEW)

Designs, implements, maintains and serves as the primary contact for reporting functions for Institutional Engagement (IE). Coordinates all reporting activities for the Vice-President (VPIE) and units within IE, working closely with the IE senior management group to provide a comprehensive view of donor analytics at RISD. Identifies and develops strategic measures of factors leading to positive outcomes in alumni and families engagement and fundraising efforts. Completes operational and analytic efforts to expand and enhance data-informed decision making around fundraising goals and resource deployment. Develops and models prospect development, donor and volunteer engagement in accordance with overall divisional goals. Designs and implements systems reporting and data visualizations to better understand, communicate and predict prospect development; volunteer recruitment and retention; and donor acquisition, retention and upgrade patterns. Reporting to the Executive Director of Advancement Operations and Systems, this position will also work closely with the Advancement Services team, including the Director of Prospect Management and Analytics; Director of Gift Administration and Recording Secretary; and Database Administrator and Application Specialist to understand existing data structures and recommend strategies for enhanced reporting and analysis.

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/DUTIES:

  • Analyzes data in Raiser's Edge (RE) and other IE platforms to identify patterns of donor and volunteer engagement; forecasts and projects fundraising cash and commitment trends; and delivers comprehensive reports to demonstrate findings. Reporting includes, but is not limited to standard and customized dashboards through Raiser's Edge NXT and analysis developed with reporting tools native to Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft SQL and other data aggregation tools, wherever possible harnessing existing technology.

  • Working closely with the Database Administrator and Applications Specialist, becomes fluent in all aspects of data coding, storage, reporting, extraction, sharing, and importing within RE. Looks for and implements, as appropriate, ways to improve the use and overall integrity of RISD’s constituent database including the evaluation of third-party tools/utilities. Collaborates with others to understand data opportunities, needs and drive data quality improvement.

  • Creates a best practice reporting environment that communicates shared report

Definitions, observes consistency of report formatting/branding, and regularly distributes

reports to defined audiences at established frequencies. Develops a library of essential analytical reports within Raiser’s Edge-NXT including, but not limited to, the following categories: Campaign Progress, Year-over-Year Fundraising Achievement, Cash Projections, Proposal Pipelines, Key Performance Indicators, Portfolio Activity, Gift Officer Performance, RISD Fund LYBUNT/SYBUNT, new donor and retention reports, Alumni and Parent Engagement and a variety of Operational Reports. Works with the VPIE and Board Development Committee and Campaign Committee to develop campaign and annual fundraising models.

  • Develops longitudinal reporting around key programmatic and fundraising activities to

measure RISD’s current achievement and aspirant goals against established historical performance. Completes analysis of giving, engagement, and alumni survey data. Shares research to inform decision making, including compilations and analyses of market research data, and information about aspirational peer and AICAD institutions. Synthesizes results for use by VP of Institutional Engagement, Institutional Research and other RISD customers to support strategic and tactical decision-making, providing notations of performance deviations and anomalies.

  • Provides research and analytical expertise to inform marketing efforts in developing not only effective communication and publication strategies, but also timing and messages to optimize interactions with RISD alumnx, families and friends. Serves as point person for outside marketing firms and vendor analytical teams on behalf of the IE division to supply and receive databases, and to analyze data. 

  • Serves as a project manager for IE reporting and analytics projects. Actively engages with the offices of the Vice President, Campaign Planning, RISD Fund, Alumni + Family Relations and

Stewardship to understand informational needs and to deliver timely reports focusing on strategic outcomes. Lends expertise to internal teams and task forces. 

  • Completes the Council for Aid to Education’s VSE reports and works with RISD’s offices of Institutional Research, Finance and others to prepare institutional survey responses and reports, including, but not limited to, US News and World Report (alumni giving), Chronicle of Philanthropy and IRS-990. Responds to ad-hoc requests from internal and external customers.

  • Provides predictive modeling and statistical analysis to a wide range of data sets to enable IE and the College to better understand the constituent data and improve donor/alumni outreach. Coordinates research efforts from the various departments within IE to best understand prospect and donor trends and provide consistent and accurate information to the Vice President of IE and internal IE stakeholders.

  • Leverages existing systems and processes to maximize data mining and analysis and to allow for proactive strategic planning. Uses BBNC, Google Analytics, and any other data analysis tools to enhance RISD’s understanding of behavioral data associated with online platforms, including giving, event registrations and volunteerism. Provides data strategy, analysis and reporting to management based on trends and forecast models.

ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS:

Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and divisional mission.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIFICATIONS

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in business, finance, accounting, or computer

science or another Bachelor’s degree plus advanced coursework in data analytics. Five to eight years of relevant reporting management experience preferably in a higher education or complex non-profit setting. Demonstrable planning, administrative, teamwork and organizational skills. Proven decision-making, writing, research, and analytical skills. Ability to stay abreast of trends, new systems, tools and features and to evaluate for potential use in RISD’s IE division.

Solid understanding of computerized data management programs and their application to the achievement of fundraising and constituent engagement goals. Expertise using fundraising metrics for projections, leveraging, modeling, and other analyses. Experience with visualization/analysis software as well as MS Office, Word, Excel, and Google required.

Extensive research background including database design, manipulation, and statistical analysis. Broad knowledge of fundraising and alumni engagement strategies and predictive modeling methods. Familiarity with content management systems, email applications, enterprise systems, such as Raiser's Edge, computer applications for data analysis, preferably in higher education. Ability to integrate multiple systems, data sets, query databases and perform statistical analysis; linking multiple/distinctive data sets to discover new insights within IE’s central database, Raiser's Edge, currently estimated at over 178,000 records.

Excellent organization skills, with a demonstrated ability to prioritize, manage multiple demands, work under pressure, and meet deadlines with accuracy, speed, independent judgment, and minimal supervision. Superlative diplomatic and communication skills, including an ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of divisional and institutional colleagues, within an environment that values diversity as defined by, race, color, religion, age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MENTAL DEMANDS:

Must be able to read and comprehend documents and instruments; perform detailed work utilizing reasoning and problem-solving skills; and complete multiple concurrent tasks with constant interruptions.  Must possess excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize, manage multiple demands, and work under pressure to meet deadlines with accuracy, speed and independent judgment.  Must be able to apply analytical and mathematical skills, and execute confidential data work in a high impact and time-sensitive, deadline-oriented environment. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The job involves all of the following in various degrees but is not limited to only these physical demands: attendance, sitting, squatting, lifting, twisting, cleaning, reaching, pulling, pushing, typing, writing, hearing, seeing, speaking.

SUPERVISION AND SCHEDULING DEMANDS:

Receives limited supervision.  Working hours are not confined to weekdays but may also include evenings and weekends. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

The job involves exposure to the following in various degrees but is not limited to only these environmental conditions: general works in an office setting, however may be subject to art and design material and elements.

EQUIPMENT:

Some of the equipment used to perform this job: general office equipment, such as computer, printer, facsimile machine, and telephone. 

ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE MODIFICATION TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IN NO WAY STATES OR IMPLIES THAT THESE ARE THE ONLY DUTIES TO BE PERFORMED BY THE EMPLOYEE OCCUPYING THE POSITION.  EMPLOYEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM OTHER JOB RELATED DUTIES REQUIRED BY THEIR SUPERVISOR.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A resume and cover letter explaining how the applicant meets the qualifications specified in this announcement may be submitted to penanetwork@gmail.com, attention Maureen Pena.

Visit the Rhode Island School of Design website at: www.risd.edu

Rhode Island School of Design recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience in leadership and higher education has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.


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