Advancement Research Analyst

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Ohio Wesleyan University is a selective, private, undergraduate liberal art, residential institution founded in 1842 and located just 20 miles north of Columbus, is seeking candidates for the position of an Advancement Research Analyst. This is a salaried, full time position with benefits.

About the candidate: 

The Advancement Research Analyst is a critical member of the University Advancement staff responsible for finding, tracking, and providing information on current and potential donors. The ideal candidate will have strong attention to detail, a sense of curiosity, demonstrated reliance on data and analytics, and strong writing skills. This position will play a vital role in the University’s fundraising efforts. Candidates who are looking for a culture that is collaborative, results oriented that provides flexibility should apply.

About us: 

Ohio Wesleyan University is a selective, private, undergraduate liberal art, residential institution founded in 1842 and is located just 20 miles north of Columbus. The University recently completed the Connect Today, Create Tomorrow campaign, raising over $238 million for priorities including: investing in the faculty, student scholarships and financial aid, the OWU Connection, capital improvements, and annual giving. The University Advancement team plays a crucial role in identifying donors for OWU’s strategic priorities, qualifying future prospects for major philanthropy, and helping to build the pipeline of philanthropic support for Ohio Wesleyan’s next campaign.

Job Summary:

In coordination with the Director of Advancement Operations, the Advancement Research Analyst supports the fundraising efforts of Ohio Wesleyan University through prospect identification, development research, and prospect management. As a member of the University Advancement team, this position partners with advancement staff to provide critical research information to help move prospective donors throughout the fundraising process.

Responsibilities and duties:  

  • Conduct research and write reports, profiles, and briefing materials to be used in support of the University’s fundraising and engagement efforts.
  • Conduct analysis of research and screening results to identify new prospects capable of supporting Ohio Wesleyan University.
  • Track connections to the University’s programs and constituencies and match interests.
  • Monitor and manage news and alerts relating to Ohio Wesleyan University’s various constituencies.
  • Update the University’s CRM with biographical and research findings.
  • Assist with the development of policies and procedures as they relate to prospect management.
  • Maintain high ethical standards regarding donor confidentiality.
  • Assist with other University Advancement related duties and special projects as assigned.
  • Collaborates with other departments both in University Advancement and across campus.

Factors contributing success:   

The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of related experience, preferably in higher education. Familiarity with internet research tools and techniques, preferably using proprietary databases such as LexisNexis. Strong computer skills and fluency in Excel. Experience with CRM databases such as Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge as well as an understanding and application of statistical modeling concepts is preferred. Effective communicator with outstanding written and verbal skills. Self-motivation with strong organizational, analytical, and editing skills are crucial. The individual must have attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. A high degree of professional confidentiality is expected.

Completed application packets will include:

1)   Cover Letter with salary requirements

2)   Resume or Curriculum Vitae

3)   References will be requested for top candidates

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Ohio Wesleyan University offers a rewarding place to work! To discover why this should be your next work home, visit our website. Learn more about our benefits at Discover our Benefits. As an equal opportunity institution, OWU has a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. We do not discriminate on any basis including: race, religion, color, culture, national origin, sex and/or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, economic barriers, or any other legally protected factor.

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