Utah State University

Development Research Analyst I

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(8/5/2020 3:21 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
University Advancement
Advancement Services
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


This is an entry-level position collaborating with major gift officers to develop and adjust fundraising goals and strategies, both annual and long-term. Reports on fundraising progress towards goals and identification of new prospects. Conducts research and analysis on individuals, corporations, and foundations that are prospects for significant financial support, or who can help to advance the university in other ways (e.g., through influence or volunteer activity).

Reactive and responsive to requests from university staff; is also proactive in expanding the pool of potential prospects and bringing to the attention of the development staff those that offer the greatest promise of return. Creates, manages and updates constituent records in the alumni donor database, actively seeking to maintain data integrity. Assists with developing and implementing best practices and database processes. This position must meet the highest standards of confidentiality, quality, accuracy, and timeliness.


  • Schedule monthly meetings with fundraisers to consult and strategize on prospect management assignments and tracking.
  • Consult with the fundraisers to establish and adjust fundraising goals and strategies, both annual and long-term.
  • Develop a relationship as a trusted partner with Development Officers. Provide encouragement, additional resources and support.
  • Assist in identifying individuals, corporations, and foundation prospects for major gift support, influence or volunteer leadership. Conduct in-depth financial and biographical research and compose profile reports highlighting key information for USU leadership.
  • Assist gift processing team with verification duties.
  • Creates, manages and updates constituent records in the alumni donor database, follows best practices for problem resolution to maintain data integrity. Assists with developing and implementing best practices and database processes.
  • Others duties as assigned.


Qualifications Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Three years experience in an office environment.
  • Aptitude for data analytics, understanding for and ability to analyze and interpret the data presented. Excel at uncovering hidden trends in a volume of data.
  • Proven track record of reliability, effective communication skills, both verbal and written, and will thrive in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship building and maintenance skills and ability to function well within multiple teams.
  • Demonstrate excellent computer and database skills. Experience with Excel is a plus.
  • Customer service oriented.
  • Able to function independently while working in a “team oriented” environment, taking the initiative to be productive and efficient and use independent judgment.
  • Possess strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Creative, detail oriented and organized with an ability to meet deadlines and multi-task.
  • Be tactful, diplomatic and have the ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion when dealing with donors and donor information.
  • Have a sense of curiosity and be enthusiastic about learning.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of higher education fundraising principles.
  • Experience with Millennium, Blackbaud Fundraiser Performance Manager (Reeher), Banner, or other relationship management data systems.
  • Experience working in a philanthropic or higher education environment.
  • Be familiar with a broad range of research techniques, including traditional text and periodical based research, searching of computerized databases, and the use of such other sources as court records, real estate records, the internet, and census data.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Office of Advancement is a welcoming office where inclusiveness and teamwork are highly valued. Advancement staff are engaged in the meaningful work of securing private financial resources to fuel Utah State University's mission by creating gratifying gift and engagement experiences for USU's generous and passionate alumni and friends. Comprising the division are the office of the Vice President, the USU Foundation & Board, Advancement Services, the Alumni Association (Alumni Engagement), Gift Planning, Corporations and Foundations, Strategic Communications, the Annual Fund and Phonathon. Furthermore, the division coordinates all fundraising efforts across campus, including colleges, various programs, extension campuses, and USU Athletics. Through the collaboration of these units, the Office of Advancement is able to achieve significant annual fundraising goals by inspiring stakeholders to invest their time and resources in Utah State University. 

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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