Prospect Research Officer (107484-0523)

University of Warwick

Vacancy Type/Job category
Management & Professional
Development & Alumni Engagement
£33,348 – £43,155 per annum.
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Full-time, permanent position. 36.5 hours per week.
The University of Warwick is one of the most successful young universities in the UK. With a proactive and forward-thinking culture, and a reputation for combining innovation with the relentless pursuit of excellence, we are firmly established within the top 10 of all UK university rankings, and currently 62nd in the world.
Our alumni and donor community creates lasting value in society through supporting students, research and facilities at Warwick, helping us to break down barriers to education and advance research that addresses our planet’s biggest challenges. Building on our successes to date, our Development & Alumni Engagement team (DAE) is preparing for a new major philanthropic campaign which will significantly scale the ambition for the University’s fundraising and engagement activity. To achieve this, investment has been secured across all areas of the DAE team.
We are now recruiting for a new Prospect Research Officer post to join our experienced and proactive Prospect Research team. Alongside Prospect Research colleagues the Prospect Research Officer will be responsible for providing detailed knowledge and insight on donors and potential sources of philanthropic funds to inform and underpin DAE strategy, activity and ethical gift acceptance processes.
This is an exciting time to be joining the team at the University of Warwick. To succeed you will exhibit strong research and analytical skills and will be aware of how prospect research supports and drives fundraising, including prospect identification, portfolio and pipeline management and due diligence processes. You will be a highly organised lateral thinker with excellent attention to detail. You will be a collaborative and positive team player, with the ability to interact with colleagues at all levels in an outward-facing, proactive research role.
We are proud of our diverse community and are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all, fostered in an environment of mutual respect and dignity. We know that attracting an exceptional team is fundamental to achieving our aims, and we strongly encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply for this role. For more information about philanthropy and alumni engagement at Warwick, please visit our For further information about the department, please visit our website .
All candidates are also welcome to have an informal chat with Lara Andersson, Prospect Research Manager, ahead of application. To arrange this email [email protected]
The role is based at the University of Warwick campus and flexible and hybrid working is available. Salary: £33,348 with progression once in post up to £43,155.
How to apply
Apply online via the University of Warwick website with a copy of your CV and a cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria and person specification and what attracts you to this role. Please note your application will not be considered if the cover letter is not provided.
Interview Date: Thursday 22 June 2023.
Job Description
The Prospect Research Officer will be responsible for providing detailed knowledge and insight on donors and potential sources of philanthropic funds to inform and underpin DAE strategy, activity and ethical gift acceptance processes.
1. Undertaking research and data analysis to identify and generate insight on fundraising prospects and donors (individuals, corporates and charitable foundations) in the UK and internationally to drive the fundraising pipeline and inform strategy and activity. This will be achieved via the sourcing and evaluating of information on individuals / entities from a variety of data sources such as internal and subscription databases, hard copy publications, the internet and other media.
2. Ensuring effective communication of prospect research and analysis to colleagues via both advisory consultations and via the provision of high quality briefings, due diligence reports and prospect lists. This will entail liaising with senior and wider team colleagues to identify requirements, advise on scope, negotiate deadlines, and provide ongoing prospect tracking and assessments.
3. Building and optimising prospect portfolios based on fundraising targets and criteria. Taking a lead role in portfolio review consultations, providing quantitative and qualitative analysis to highlight prospect management observations and identify prospects for assignment/removal as appropriate.
4. Maintaining up-to-date CRM and internal records in adherence to the Data Protection Act / UK GDPR and University ethics and data procedures and prospect management guidelines.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
Degree or equivalent level of education. Where no equivalent qualification is held, significant practical relevant experience and expertise in a similar role will be considered. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Experience of and/or understanding of fundraising prospect research or other professional research related to individuals, businesses and charities (e.g. recruitment sourcing, investigative journalism, due diligence services, fraud investigation). (a,c)
Essential Criteria 3
Knowledge of how prospect research supports and drives fundraising, including prospect identification, portfolio and pipeline management and due diligence processes. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 4
Awareness of online data sources and search techniques for gathering insight on individuals and organisations. The ability to think laterally and apply these appropriately to varied research tasks. (a,b,c)
Essential Criteria 5
Excellent IT skills including competency with all aspects of MS Office and the internet. Familiarity with using, extracting and analysing data from CRM systems, such as Raiser’s Edge or Blackbaud Enterprise CRM. (a,b,c)
Essential Criteria 6
Meticulous attention to detail, highly analytical and numerate with a strong grasp of data analysis. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 7
A high level of written and oral communication, with the ability to summarise and present complex information and adhere to style guidelines and templates. (a,b,c)
Essential Criteria 8
Excellent inter-personal skills and an ability to work constructively with senior staff and the wider team. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 9
The ability to work independently, adhere to tight deadlines and prioritise a varied and diverse workload. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 10
Knowledge of data protection legislation, ethical fundraising and gift acceptance regulations, as well as experience in the maintenance of sensitive and confidential data. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Knowledge of foreign languages would be advantageous. (a,c)
Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars .
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website .
Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.
We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here .
The University of Warwick holds an Athena SWAN Silver award; a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. Further information about the work of the University in relation to Athena SWAN can be found at the following link: Athena Swan (
The University of Warwick is one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University alliance , whose aim is to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of connected campuses.
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Closing Date
9 Jun 2023

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