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Research Associate

Development – Systems Management, Lincoln Center

Fordham University


Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City.  Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools. 


Fordham University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to its employees, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.
We offer tuition remission for employees and their dependents 
A generous employer match towards a 403(b) retirement plan.
As a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Fordham is considered a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, a federal program designed to forgive student loan debt for employees of certain public and certain nonprofit employers.
As part of its work-life balance program, the University provides generous PTO including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, 2 personal days, 6 summer Fridays, and holidays that include paid time off between Christmas and New year.  
University employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides no-cost, professional, and confidential services, to help employees and family members address a variety of personal, family, life, and work-related issues.

Hybrid Policy:       

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Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development Research

& Prospect Management.


Essential Functions        

Compiles and analyzes detail biographical and other publicly available information on individuals and organizations to determine prospects’ relationships with the University, interests, and giving capacity.

Prepares/updates written profiles on potential individual, corporate and foundation prospects for major gift officers, the President of the University and the Vice President for Development and University Relations.
Manages and reviews daily periodicals, lists alerts and other resources or prospecting resources.
Proactively prospects for new donors.
Updates prospect database accordingly.
Prepares specialized research for event and campaign purposes.
Assists in training of new research staff as well as assists in the management and training of student interns.

Essential Functions Note

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

The University may assign additional related duties as necessary.


Required Qualifications: Education and Experience        

Bachelor’s degree in english, liberal arts, business, social sciences, communications, or related field.
Minimum of 1 year experience in prospect research or related area.

Required Qualifications: Knowledge and Skills     

Familiarity and facility with standard prospect research tools: business directories, on-line databases, and Internet resources and programs.
Must have a sense of initiative and inquisitiveness.
Must be strategic, creative thinker with excellent prioritization and multi-tasking skills. Ability to collaborate effectively with different audiences, including researchers, fundraisers and senior-level administration as well as the ability to effectively synthesize information from a variety of sources into an organized format.
Accuracy and attention to detail is a must.
Knowledge of PC, MS Word, Excel, Lexis-Nexis, WealthEngine, and Inteligize.
Must possess excellent writing skills and thorough research skills.
Must be reliable and flexible and able to meet tight deadlines.
Ability to work as a team member as well as independently.
Must be able to handle confidential material in a discreet and ethical manner.
Experience in complex nonprofit environment and an understanding of fundraising and nonprofits.
Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

Preferred Qualifications 

Familiarity with and understand the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) skill sets.
Knowledge of Guidstar, FC Search and other on-line research databases.
Advance CRM, Blackbaud FPM, or a fundraising CRM experience.

Minimum Starting Salary: $62,400


Maximum Starting Salary: $67,200


Note: Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and skills.


FLSA: Exempt







Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools.  It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom. 


Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.


Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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