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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 90-27767
School Name Development and Alumni Relations
Org Research and Analysis
Posted to the Web 01/12/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade 025
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9am-5pm
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.


Advancement Research & Analysis is the centrally-located unit that keeps frontline fundraisers up-to-date about potential and existing donors to the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to identifying potential new donors, ARA provides background information about donors’ ability to, and interest in giving to the University, as well as managing the assignment of these donors.

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. Directs and manages own workload of prospect research projects including proactive prospect identification. Reports directly to Associate Director of Prospect Research.
* 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. Update records accordingly.
* 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. Update records accordingly.
* Works 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, but not limited to, portfolio optimization, prospect identification and research, leadership profiles, data analysis, and industry trends and analysis. 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.
* Conducts and/or participates 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.
* Work Homecoming and Alumni Weekend.
* Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelors degree in field relevant to research activities of department and 1 to 3 years’ experience in prospect research required or equivalent combination of education and experience,foreign language skills desirable. 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.

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

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  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
    • Twitter
    • 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 knowledge of computer databases and Internet resources used for prospect research?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have previous experience using word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel) and database (Microsoft Access) programs?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents