Assistant Director of Prospect Research

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Advancement &Alumni Engagement
ADV: Resource Advancement
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Advancement & Fundraising
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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The Division of Advancement and Alumni Engagement utilizes resources, technology, and business for the purpose of soliciting alumni, donor engagement, donor research, and stewardship throughout Emory University and Health Systems. Our mission is to inspire and steward meaningful, lasting relationships that elevate engagement and giving to fulfill Emory’s mission to serve humanity. The Prospect Research team supports all Advancement and Alumni Engagement departments by identifying major funders for university initiatives, providing research and preparing leadership briefings. This position will report to the Director of Prospect Research.



  • Develops proactive prospect research methodologies for identifying biographical, financial, professional, philanthropic and capacity information on prospects for designated school/unit partners.
  • Proactively identifies prospects via screens, alerts, database searches, and other routine activities; qualifies and refers highly rated screened prospects in a clear and actionable way.
  • Prepares comprehensive research reports on individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Identifies new prospects for significant financial or volunteer support for the institution.
  • Collects information on prospects, donors and leadership prospects.
  • Organizes and analyzes information to identify philanthropic patterns, tendencies, and relationships among individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Keeps abreast of and effectively utilizes resources at hand such as government documents, SEC filings, deeds and property tax assessment records, and legal documents such as wills and charitable trusts.
  • Develops and generates reports that support planning and decision-making.
  • Supports and participates in prospect management activities.
  • Identifies prospects for cultivation, solicitation and leadership positions for major gifts and principal gifts.
  • Serves as a liaison between the school/unit offices and the Research office.
  • Tracks, prioritizes and monitors research projects.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.

    NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to Emory University on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs. Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines of department of work. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.


In addition to the duties outlined above, the Assistant Director may be required to:

  • Represent the department or serve as a primary contact working with other departments across the division/University.


  • A bachelor's degree and two years of experience in an office setting OR an equivalent combination of experience, education, and/or training.


  • Experience in non-profit, development, or alumni relations is preferred.
  • Successful candidates will possess strong organizational, written, and verbal communication skills and possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills with the ability to navigate a complex work environment.
  • Commitment to delivering excellent customer service, the ability to work collaboratively, and comfort working with ambiguity.
  • Experience working with various technologies including advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Suite, mass email applications, database and project management software, and CRM systems.
  • Possess a high level of professionalism and commitment to confidentiality with sound judgment and discretion.
  • Prior experience in advancement, fundraising, alumni engagement, non-profit, or a university setting.
  • Flexibility to accommodate changing priorities and deadlines. 

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to Emory University on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs. Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines of department of work. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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