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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 90-26100
School Name Development and Alumni Relations
Org Research and Analysis
Posted to the Web 06/14/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 025
Employment Type Exempt
Hours 0
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule N/A
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Development and Alumni Relations organization at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the premier development organizations in the world.

Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team members benefit from an exceptional work environment where professional excellence and individual pride in achievement are grounded in a strong institutional commitment to integrity and collegiality as we strive for collective success. For talented and innovative individuals, a career at the University of Pennsylvania offers the chance to be part of an exceptionally exciting environment at the nation’s first university.

We seek talented individuals who will constitute a community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity. Diversity is prized at Penn as a central component of our mission and helps create an educational and working environment that best supports the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship.

Penn’s commitment to achieving eminence through diversity is ultimately a commitment to creating a more vibrant university so that our employees will be both stimulated and empowered to shape a better world.


Reporting to the Associate Director of Prospect Research, serve as supporting member of a research team which provides in-depth research services and products to staff in support of the University’s fundraising and alumni relations goals, especially International Operations. Direct and manage own workload of prospect research projects. Under general supervision, use departmental, DAR, University, Internet-based & other external sources to compile, organize, summarize and prepare qualitative research reports containing biographic, demographic and financial information on prospects for assigned schools, centers and central programs. Use departmental, DAR and Internet sources to assess the giving ability of prospects using established departmental guidelines to improve the overall quality of assigned schools, centers and central programs’ prospect pools. Work proactively with assigned schools, centers and central programs to identify and define their fundraising needs, and develop and maintain a plan to meet those needs including. Work closely with fellow departmental staff to develop, coordinate and implement these plans. Engage in general or specialized training on systems, research methods and vendor products that are used in daily work activity. Conduct and/or participate in outreach activities to University clients unrelated to portfolio planning. Engage in professional development activity, including a minimum of 2 conferences or seminars and 2 webinars. Additional activity may include continuing education classes. Be prepared to present findings at regular staff meetings. Professional development activities should be relevant to research, analytics, fundraising, technology and software used for such activity, and applicable professional growth. Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree in field relevant to prospect research activities of department and 1-3 years experience in prospect research required or equivalent combination of education and experience. Foreign language skills preferred; Mandarin and/or Cantonese language skills highly preferred. Ability to compile, report & analyze information from diverse sources & work independently. Knowledge of computer databases and Internet resources used for prospect research required. Excellent verbal & written communication skills required. Good working knowledge of office procedures, practices & methods, including word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel) and database (Microsoft Access) programs. Capacity to work as a team member essential. Ability to work effectively with large, diverse group of clients to meet their research information needs. Ability to work on multiple projects & meet tight deadlines essential. Ability to staff events as needed.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Jobs@Penn
    • Contacted by a Penn Recruiter
    • Referred by a Penn Employee
    • Referred by a friend or family member
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Other Internet Advertisement
    • Linkedin
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    • Other Social Media Site
    • Professional Affiliation/Trade Website
    • Diversity Association/Publication Website
    • Heard about it at a conference or career fair
    • Apple One
    • Recruitment and/or staffing agency
  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Vocational or Technical School
    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
    • 0 to 1 Year
    • 1 to 2 Years
    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years
  4. * Do you have 1-3 years experience in prospect research?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Are you fluent in the Mandarin and/or Cantonese languages?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have the ability to compile, report & analyze information from diverse sources?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have knowledge of computer databases and Internet resources used for prospect research?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you have a thorough knowledge of office procedures, practices and methods?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Are you able to work on multiple projects and meet tight deadlines?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * Do you have the ability to staff events as needed?
    • YES
    • NO

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents