Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 43 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
The Research Associate will conduct research on current and prospective donors and provide timely and accurate profiles to National Audubon’s President, Flyway Vice Presidents, Chief Development Officer (CDO) and other staff members. S/he will also conduct searches for potential donors who may be interested in supporting Audubon’s work. This position is highly valued as it supports critical fundraising activity and the Board’s Leadership Gifts Committee, and will report to the CDO and Development and Membership Operations Group Manager.
Conduct biographical and financial research on donors utilizing in-house files and a variety of electronic sources
Write confidential research profiles on both individual and institutional donors for meetings and prepare background briefings for development events
Identify and qualify new prospective donors capable of significant financial support
Maintain research library and manage subscriptions of print and electronic resources for organization
Maintain up-to-date central donor/prospect files
Proactively manage research workflow, including tracking and ensuring timely completion of requests
Attend training conferences and workshops to broaden prospect research skills
Qualifications and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher education
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully interact with colleagues and donors
Proven writing skills: the ability to successfully write and edit professional fundraising documents
Solid organizational skills: the ability to work productively in a fast-paced environment and the ability to manage a multi-faceted workload under strict deadlines
Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently, and the willingness to meet unexpected demands
Ability to act with sensitivity and discretion while working with highly confidential information
Excellent computer skills: internet search engines, donor database software (e.g. Millennium), data retrieval services (e.g. LexisNexis), MS Word, Excel
Minimum 3 years of prospect research experience required
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