Assistant Director, West Campus Prospect Development at UC Foundation

Posted in Other 6 days ago.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Description:


The Assistant Director focuses on optimizing prospective donor pools and pipelines, and providing the strategic insights required to effectively manage UCF's relationship with its constituents. The position provides critical support in management, maintenance, and integrity of prospect data. S/he will develop strong partnerships with front-line fund raisers in developing strategic recommendations and approaches for prospects at various points of the donor cycle. S/he acquires understanding of the goals and needs of each unit supported and any unique industry related trends of that area, and advises development officers and other staff on prospect management best practices and proper procedures. Additionally, the Assistant Director will work independently and collaboratively with other members of the team to provide necessary research to carry out various fund-raising programs and objectives on behalf of the UC Foundation and the University of Cincinnati, while ensuring that all research conducted is accurate, comprehensive and produced on a timely basis.

Specific Duties

  • Serve as lead prospect development contact for one or more fundraising units and meet with assigned development teams/officers regularly to review prospects and projects.

  • Provide direct data, system, and policy support to unit, development officers, and other university staff to ensure timely and accurate management of prospect data.

  • Carry out the day-to-day functionality of prospect management, including but not limited to facilitating new assignments, transfers, dismissals, solicitations, and other data updates.

  • Support prospect development operational functions including but not limited to formal and informal training of UCF staff, data analysis and visualization, system enhancements, and data maintenance.

  • Respond to inquiries and prepare concise written reports to determine philanthropic capability, areas of interest, and university connections/affiliations. Create and updates prospect profiles and maintains prospect records.

  • Compile information utilizing various research profile formats in a consistent and professional manner, to best suit the needs of our individual research consumers.

  • Work in collaboration with colleagues to fulfill deadlines and other projects in a timely and professional manner.

  • Complete special projects and other tasks as assigned by the Senior Director or the Director of Prospect Development.

  • Help identify new products, methodologies, online databases and software that will enhance the department's ability to carry out its tasks in a professional and accurate manner.

  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree with 1-3 years of experience; background in higher education development is preferred.

  • Strong background analyzing, structuring, manipulating, and interpreting data with the ability to determine relevant and irrelevant data.

  • High level of integrity that protects all involved when collecting sensitive information about donors & prospects.

  • A commitment to the department's values of: curiosity, partnership, a can do attitude, and courageousness.

  • Strong experience leveraging information resources. A keen understanding of available resources and the ability to retrieve information.

  • An ability to connect with people to collect relevant, meaningful information.

  • Skills to support today's business expectations - including excellent analytical skills and the ability to identify, understand and interpret financial and other information from a variety of sources.

  • An ability to successfully manage multiple priorities, produce quality work and meet strict deadlines.

  • Strong internal motivation, the ability to work remote and the ability to work independently, but able to collaborate and partner with others on the team and across the organization.

  • Exceptional writing, and the ability to compose concise, focused research documents with attention to accuracy and detail.

  • Working knowledge of online databases, Microsoft Word, Excel and other research tools.

  • Experience with a fundraising database such as Raiser's Edge or Blackbaud CRM.

  • Knowledge of the University of Cincinnati is preferred but not required.

Physical Demands

This position is considered to have medium work. Exerting up to 50lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to move objects. This position requires the operation of a motor vehicle. This position also requires:

  • Climbing

  • Standing

  • Walking

  • Pushing

  • Pulling

  • Reaching

  • Lifting

  • Finger use

  • Talking

  • Hearing

  • Repetitive motion of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, this position is subject to outside environmental conditions and indoor conditions.

The University of Cincinnati Foundation seeks talented, collaborative and mission-focused individuals to join our advancement team in driving philanthropic support for the University of Cincinnati and UC Health. All offers of full-time employment are contingent upon passing a criminal background check and drug test. Positions requiring a degree are also contingent upon education verification.