APRA Greater Houston

Job Board

We are happy to post any job opportunities that might be of interest to our members. Please send a job description as a Word document including contact instructions for applying to the job to aprahouston@gmail.com. Job postings will be removed after 90 days.

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Prospect Researcher
Trinity University - Advancement Services
Posted:  08/19/18
Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Position: Prospect Researcher 
Field: Fundraising
Salary: Based on Experience
Website: https://inside.trinity.edu/human-resources/employment-opportunities/professional/16961
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Category: Fundraising Administration, Prospect Research
Employment Level: Full-time

Trinity University is located in historically and culturally rich San Antonio, Texas and has been ranked as the No.1 university in the West by U. S. News & World Report, for the past 25 years. Trinity is known for its superior liberal arts programs, scholarly faculty, exceptional academic resources and excellent residential quarters. Trinity offers 55 baccalaureate majors, 60 interdisciplinary minors and five Masters’ degrees.

Trinity's 2,500+ students come from every state in the USA and 40 foreign countries. The University is committed to the intellectual, civic, and professional preparation of its students in a diverse and inclusive world and to remaining meaningful in the lives of alumni who are located across the USA and in several international locations.

Position Summary: 

This position reports directly to the Director-Prospect Research and is responsible for identifying, researching and analyzing prospects and donors for further discovery, cultivation and solicitation in support of Trinity University. An integral member of the AR&D team, this individual works the gift officers to explore affinity and potential to realize support for fundraising programs and objectives, while ensuring that all research conducted is accurate, comprehensive, and produced on a timely basis.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

1.     Interpret, analyze, and synthesize biographical and complex financial information on individuals, foundations, and corporations, to assess prospects’ giving propensity, inclination, and philanthropic tendencies.  Assist development officers in matching fundraising objectives with individualized prospect/donor strategies. 

2.     Employ proactive prospecting methodologies, utilizing both in-house data and outside vendor research resources and validate results. 

3.     Create succinct research reports which include (but are not limited to) providing detailed biographical information, charitable interests, giving trends & analysis, fully-developed financial analysis (incl. estimated net worth & asset analysis), and estimated giving capacity. Reports include, but are not limited to prospect profiles, summaries, lists, charts, graphs, spreadsheets, rankings, and assessments in formats consistent with the requirements expressed by or to the Director-Prospect Research.

4.     Monitor a variety of online, electronic and printed sources, including relevant websites, government documents, newspapers, periodicals, screening data and leads from development officers to identify and qualify new prospective donors, and produce clear, concise research reports on key prospects as requested.

5.     Review, log and monitor incoming research requests.  Determine research requirements; including assessing resources & report formatting to be utilized.  Work within a metrics driven research environment; demonstrating effectiveness in both qualitative and quantitative measurements, effective ongoing prioritization of multiple assignments/projects and tasks (in conjunction with Director-Prospect Research), and effectively meeting deadlines.

6.     Systematically monitor various media, identify and disseminate news alerts and financial information related to prospective donors and prospects to appropriate development staff in a timely fashion.

7.     Communicate with staff effectively regarding reports produced, suggested strategies, prospect identification efforts, research status, & follow-up research requests.

Other Duties

8.     Complete special projects and other tasks related to research as assigned by the Director-Prospect Research. 

9.     Assist in identification and use of new products, methodologies, on-line databases, and software that will further enhance prospect research capabilities using the most up-to-date and advanced methods in the most professional, efficient and accurate manner.

10. Assist, advise, and help ensure complete, accurate, and timely maintenance of information maintained in the alumni database (Ellucian Colleague) as it relates to biographical, address, prospect/research related attributes, and prospect management data, where appropriate & in conjunction with current policies and/or advisement from the Director-Prospect Research.

11. At all times, uphold the ethical and confidentiality guidelines of Trinity University, the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). 

12. Keep abreast of the activities and initiatives underway at Trinity University.

13. Maintain good relations with internal and external stakeholders of the Division.

14. Cooperate and collaborate with other employees in the spirit of teamwork and collegiality.

15. Comply with all Trinity University policies and guidelines.

16. Perform other related duties as required.

Experience Required: 

Excellent analytical skills and the ability to identify, understand, and interpret critical variables such as business affiliations, financial holdings, professional and personal affinities and other information from a variety of sources.  Ability to compose concise, focused research documents with attention to accuracy and detail.  Ability to successfully manage multiple priorities.


Demonstrated experience in prospect research, library or legal research and/or development preferred.  Some familiarity with Lexis-Nexis, Ellucian Colleague Advancement and Blackbaud ResearchPoint tools.  Experience in higher education, is preferred, but not required.

Education Requirements: 

Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience (such as, some college with two+ years in higher education development). 

How to apply: 

Interested candidates may submit a cover letter, resume, and references (at least three with contact information and relationship) to Trinity Human Resources.

Contact Information:


Trinity University Human Resources

One Trinity Place

San Antonio, Texas 78212

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Development Coordinator
University of St. Thomas 
Posted:  08/19/18
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Position: Development Coordinator
Field: Fundraising
Salary: Based on Experience
Website: https://www.stthom.edu/Offices-and-Services/Human-Resources/Now-Hiring.aqf
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Category: Fundraising
Employment Level: Full-time

The University of St. Thomas (www.stthom.edu), a private Catholic university committed to the liberal arts and to the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, is seeking a Development Officer. The Development Coordinator at the University of St. Thomas is an integral part of the Institutional Advancement fundraising team and will provide project management and administrative support to fundraisers. The Development Coordinator will routinely interact with internal and external constituents as the primary point of contact for the fundraising team, maintaining knowledge of University priorities and office policies/procedures.  The Development Coordinator will also assist with the all tasks related to The President’s Circle, the University’s annual giving society.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide general project management, writing, and administrative support to fundraising team.
  • Assist with coordination related to The President’s Circle, including direct mail solicitations and benefits administration.
  • Assist with donor follow up, solicitations, and stewardship efforts, in person and over the phone.
  • Plan and implement logistical support for site visits and donor/committee meetings, including Development Committee.
  • Draft and/or edit donor correspondence, reports, presentations, gift agreements, and other communications; assist with timely and accurate dissemination of information.
  • Coordinate all aspects of fundraising team meetings, including calendaring, agenda items, minutes, and follow up.
  • File correspondence and/or upload documents into donor records in PeopleSoft system.
  • Assist with special projects, staff training, and other general office tasks as needed or assigned.
  • Assist with and attend alumni and fundraising events that will lead to enhanced cultivation of relationships with existing and potential donors.
  • Some evening and weekend work is also required.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communication, English, journalism or a related field required.
  • Requires 2+ years of experience in the development field (higher education or academic healthcare experience preferred). Also must have a demonstrated track record of progressive success in past positions.
  • Effective organizational, computer, oral/written communication, and project management skills.
  •  Demonstrated ability to work with sensitive and confidential issues and under the pressure of deadlines.

Prospect Research Manager
Genesys Works
Posted:  02/06/18
Location: National Office (Houston, TX) or other GW locations including Chicago, National Capital Region, Minneapolis-Saint Paul and Bay Area
Position: Prospect Research Manager
Field: Fundraising
Salary: Based on Experience
Website: http://ww.genesysworks.org/about-us/careers/prospect-research-manager/
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Category: Fundraising
Employment Level: Full-time

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Director Of Development - School of Engineering
University of New Mexico Foundation
Posted:  08/19/18
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Position: Director of Development, School of Engineering 
Field: Philanthropic/Business Development 
Salary: Based on Experience
Website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=d3f01f30-0583-4818-9327-6a0f42f2bd1d&jobId=252248&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001&selectedMenuKey=CareerCenter
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Employment Level: Full-time

Join a dynamic team of development professionals working to advance the mission of the University of New Mexico.  Established in 1906, the UNM School of Engineering is the largest engineering school in the state and has maintained a strong tradition as one of the country’s leading educators of engineers and computer scientists. The School offers accredited undergraduate degree programs and graduate programs leading to MS, ME, and PhD degrees in a research-intensive environment.

An exceptionally active research faculty work in critical and cutting-edge areas, including nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, sustainable infrastructure, water resources, renewable energy, and information technology. UNM Engineering faculty and staff are driven to combine excellence in academic programs with research that addresses global challenges, a commitment to help students succeed, and a thriving culture of innovation that contributes to local and national economic development.

The Director of Development will serve as a fundraiser within a development and alumni relations team that includes a Senior Director of Development, an Alumni Relations Officer and a Development Assistant.  The Director of Development will design, implement, evaluate, and refine aspects of the unit's private-sector fund raising activities with an emphasis on major gifts as defined by UNM Foundation standards. The primary focus of the position is to identify and cultivate prospects and solicit major gifts as defined by UNM Foundation measures.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards major donors and prospects including individuals, corporations, and foundations, through visits and other forms of direct personal contact in accordance with performance targets set by the UNM Foundation and at levels defined by the Foundation.
  • Establishes effective working relationship with corresponding Dean, Director or leader of University unit for fundraising matters.
  • Responsible for obtaining gifts as defined by UNM Foundation.
  • Enlists senior management in furthering the unit's fund raising program; provides effective staffing, and educates and supports management with respect to their Foundation leadership roles.
  • Recruits, engages, and manages volunteers and provides them with leadership and direction in support of the cultivation and solicitation of major donors and prospects; coordinates volunteers' activities to ensure their integration into the unit's programs.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the UNM Foundation and colleagues to maximize the unit's total gift revenue.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution required
  • Five (5) or more years related experience in development/fundraising
  • Experience in higher education or other non-profit organization
  • Proven ability to close large private gifts.
  • 40-80% travel required

Other Requirements

Must be able to drive personal vehicle for University and Foundation business (mileage reimbursed) and hold a valid driver’s license with current insurance, and a clean driving record. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of criminal, driving record, and employment background screening. Some positions may also require credit background screening as well.

Please submit resume and cover letter. The UNM Foundation is an EEO employer.

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Assistant Director, Development - Prospect Research
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Posted:  04/23/18
Location: Houston, TX (Texas Medical Center)
Position: Assistant Director Development - Prospect Research
Field: Philanthropic/Business Development 
Salary: Based on Experience
Website: http://m.rfer.us/MDAf7mJ2f
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Employment Level: Full-time

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

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

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

8. 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. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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