MD Anderson Cancer Center Assistant Director Development - Prospect Research in Houston, Texas

Assistant Director Development - Prospect Research

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Philanthropic/Bus Development at

Development Office 109100

Requisition #: 117517


The primary purpose of the Assistant Director of Development (Prospect Research) is to provide prospect research and data analysis to inform strategies in securing major gifts for the institution.

Key Functions

  1. Provide focused prospect research. Support field staff by conducting and composing in-depth prospect research as needed to support donor cultivation and solicitation, with an emphasis on constituents’ wealth, interests (including philanthropic interests) and relationships and analysis thereof.

  2. Provide proactive prospect research. Assess capacity, interests, philanthropy and relationships to identify and qualify new prospective donors and assess new opportunities with existing donors, through the following avenues:

· Prospects suggested by staff, volunteers and faculty; also identifies/maps relationships of volunteers and deeply engaged donors for the purpose of identifying new prospects

· Examine/validate results of wealth screenings to identify those with potential to make major gifts

· Identify potential major gift prospects from external sources

  1. Partner with Prospect Management in the management and resourcing of portfolios, including engaging in portfolio reviews and assisting with strategy development.

  2. Coordinate Prospect Research activities for designated regional team, including but not limited to, attending regional strategy meetings, assisting with event strategies, educating team members on Prospect Research functions, and serving as a liaison between the Research function and the assigned regional team.

  3. Have a thorough working knowledge of the database system and consistently maintain and enter research data, as well as updated information, into the database system.

  4. Develop supportive and productive relationships with development staff and other staff involved in fundraising.

  5. Monitor news sources to find and distribute important information on donors and new prospects.

  6. All other duties as assigned.

Required: Bachelor's degree in Advertising, Marketing, or related field. Two years of experience in development operations, fundraising, marketing, advertising, public relations or patient advocacy. May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis.

Preferred: Master’s degree in related field. Three years of prospect research experience. In-depth knowledge of prospect research techniques and tools including LexisNexis, WealthEngine, etc. Working knowledge of development software and analysis tools. Five plus years of prospect research and/or management experience. In-depth knowledge of data analytics and reporting tools.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.