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Research Analyst

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 033718
Department Code 50413-7131
Department Advancement and External Affairs
Job Title Research Analyst
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Salary Grade S4
FLSA Status Exempt

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Research Analyst will be part of the Research team to discover, analyze, and recommend prospects for development purposes, provide information to senior leadership regarding cultivation and solicitation opportunities, and ensure accuracy of information in the university’s alumni and donor database.

The research unit is critical to the division of AEA to identify new prospects and to confirm information and giving capacity of known donors.


Bachelor’s degree required, masters preferred.

Excellent analytic, communication, and project management skills and attention to detail essential.

Job Specific Qualifications

Must be able to work independently to manage projects and assignments with competing and shifting priorities and deadlines.

Knowledge of current trends and techniques in prospect research, and knowledge of demographics, indicators of wealth, financial information, and patterns of philanthropy to maximize use of research resources is essential.

Candidate will be expected to maintain professional membership in, and abide by the APRA Professional Code of Ethics and Syracuse University guidelines regarding confidentiality and use of private, sensitive information.

Familiarity with the University’s history, organization, and strategic goals is preferred.


Conduct research that supports the full range of the fundraising process.

Proactively identify individual major gift prospects among the University’s constituency of alumni, parents, and friends.

Use research tools proficiently, including the University’s alumni & development records system, internet and on-line databases including Lexis-Nexis, Proquest, i-Wave/Pro, Bloomberg/Intelligize, etc., various print media, University files and archives, public records, electronic screening vehicles, peer-review/focus group results, and direct interaction with appropriate internal and external personnel.

Work closely with Development staff to synthesize information and evaluate the maximum level of successful solicitation / most appropriate funding matches.

Recommend potential major donors to Senior Development staff for cultivation and solicitation. Nominate candidates for the University board of trustees, school and college advisory boards, as well as University recognition.

Communicate information about prospects and major donors verbally and in accurate, well written, and insightful documents to the Chancellor, Trustees, Deans, and development staff.

Exercise discretion and tact with personal and financial prospect and donor information.

Promote and participate in the data integrity of the records in the Advance database, and in transitioning that information to Blackbaud CRM.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 07/07/2017
Application Deadline
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Job Category Staff
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Applicant Documents

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