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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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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Development Services Associate 
The Menil Collection
Posted:  02/28/18
Location: Houston, TX
Position: Development Services Associate
Field: Development 
Salary: Based on Experience
Website: https://www.menil.org/about/employment-volunteer-opportunities
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Reports to: Manager of Development Services 
Employment Level: Full-time

General Responsibilities

The Development Services Associate supports the Manager of Development Services in the management of all back office development functions.

Specific Duties

  1. Support the Manager of Development Services in performing gift entry and maintaining database integrity. 
  2. Ensure accuracy as it pertains to donor information within Raiser’s Edge. With the Prospect Researcher, work to update and maintain contact and biographical information on a continuing basis.
  3. Support the efforts of the Advancement team by working as the liaison between Raiser’s Edge and all gift officers to track Moves Management System.
  4. Track and produce monthly pledge reminders.
  5. Work with membership and development teams to track and manage donor recognition process.
  6. Monitor donor files to assure they are complete, accurate, and current.
  7. Design and generate reports, as needed.
  8. Produce and print membership cards; track inventory.
  9. Draft donor correspondence and acknowledgements; work with Advancement colleagues to ensure language is appropriately tailored and current.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned, including assistance/attendance at certain evening events.
  11. Manage office supply inventory and ordering. Maintain a detailed inventory of all departmental office supplies.  Track supply usage and order as needed
  12. Resolve miscellaneous bungalow maintenance issues


1.      Minimum of two years’ experience working in a non-profit organization, preferably within the Advancement/Development Department.

2.      Experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge or equivalent database software required.

3.      Experience with Financial Edge a plus.

4.      Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.

5.      Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

6.      Professional, strong attention to detail, strong organizational, planning, and time management skills.

7.      Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects simultaneously.

8.      Ability to adhere to deadlines and follow-up promptly to requests.

9.      Creative and flexible team player.

Salary and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience.  Please send resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to:  Director of Human Resources, The Menil Collection, 1511 Branard Street, Houston, Texas 77006.  Application materials may also be emailed to:  smmaloch@menil.org.

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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


In preparation for rapid growth on a national scale, Genesys Works seeks a Prospect Research Manager to be responsible for proactive donor prospect research efforts to aid increased funding at the regional and national levels. This role will serve as a key partner to the Development and Sales teams and will conduct high-level, thorough research of major gift prospects capable of making contributions of seven figures or more, ensuring these departments have a deep pool of donor prospects so they can meet the goals and objectives as defined by Genesys Works’ strategic goals and priorities.

Key Responsibilities:

ยท   Devise strategies and methods for obtaining new prospects, and gathering and interpreting information about existing donor prospects, in order to ensure the ongoing development, expansion, and renewal of the prospect data base and pipeline

  • Determine the type of information (biographical, financial, philanthropic interest, giving history, etc.) that is most relevant and necessary to craft fundraising and cultivation strategies
  • Conduct focused research and evaluation of new and existing donor prospects using a variety of print and electronic sources, advanced tools and skills to collect, store, evaluate, analyze, organize, package, and disseminate information in a way that maximizes its usefulness and enables accurate and educated decision-making in the development of donor strategies
  • Conduct ancestor/genealogy research and relationship mapping to proactively identify connections of board members and donors to other potential donor prospects as well as current and upcoming programs and projects
  • Compose, write, edit, and proofread briefing materials including, but not limited to, donor research profiles or reports, and other basic research reports; ensure accuracy and completeness of reports
  • Assist the Development Team in the creation and application of wealth and affinity scoring of donor prospects; oversee wealth screening activities
  • Organize and coordinate regular prospect review meetings for development staff and volunteers
  • Manage third-party relationships with vendors that provide data services and research tools
  • Assist with identification and assessment of government grant opportunities
  • Perform other Development Department duties as assigned from time to time


  • Minimum of three years of relevant research experience is required
  • Deep belief in organizational mission
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Proven experience using development research tools such as iWave, NOZAsearch, WealthEngine, ResearchPoint, Relationship Science, WealthPoint, Foundation Search, LexisNexis for Development Professionals, or similar services and multi-constituent databases
  • Knowledge of proactive fundraising research techniques
  • Knowledge of prospect management and SalesForce is highly preferred
  • Experience working with all staff levels – from executive management to program staff
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of solicitation strategy and major gifts process and the ability to work with Development Officers to help build prospect strategy
  • Ability to evaluate complex business and financial data; task orientation with minimal supervision; highly-developed sense of initiative and ingenuity; ability to handle highly confidential material with discretion; ability to work as a team member
  • Knowledge of changing market of subscription-based research resources such as electronic wealth-screening services, news databases, and business directories
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background check

Physical Requirements:

Including, but not limited to standing and sitting for long periods of time; speaking loudly and clearly; seeing and hearing things both near and far away; and reaching, stooping, kneeling, and fine-finger and hand manipulation in use of a computer, chalkboard, dry erase board, or projector. Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal, and extensive reading. Most work environments are climate-controlled, open space floor plans.

About Genesys Works

Genesys Works is a 501(c)3 organization that provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experience and impactful relationships. At the core of our program is professional and technical training, meaningful paid internships at companies, and support in achieving post-secondary education objectives. Established in Houston, Texas in 2002 by Founder/CEO Rafael Alvarez, Genesys Works has expanded to Chicago, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Washington DC Area, and the San Francisco Bay Area, with additional expansion plans in process.


Genesys Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We offer competitive salary; medical, dental and vision insurance; company-paid Life and Disability; paid vacation; and 403(b) retirement plan with company matching.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter referencing this position and detailing salary history via email to newhire@genesysworks.org. You may also access this position online at our web site. http://www.genesysworks.org/about-us/careers/prospect-research-manager/

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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Development Research Analyst
Rice University, Development and Alumni Relations
Posted:  02/06/18
Location: Houston Texas, United States
Position: Development Research Analyst
Field: Fundraising
Salary: Based on Experience
Website: https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/12696
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Category: Fundraising Administration, Prospect Research
Employment Level: Full-time


Located on a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Rice has 3,879 undergraduate and 2,744 graduate degree-seeking students and an endowment that provides for $871,488 per full-time equivalent student.

As a member of Rice's Development and Alumni Relation's prospect research team, this position works closely with front-line fundraisers to broaden the University’s prospect base and to maximize the University’s philanthropic capacity. The Development Research Analyst collaborates with a wide variety of regional and school based development officers to facilitate increased engagement of prospects with high capacity and/or inclination.

The Development Research Analyst uses ethical and creative research techniques to provide high-level description and analysis on alumni, parents, and friends of the university using a wide variety of biographical, organizational, and financial sources; analyzes and synthesizes accumulated information to assess financial capacity, philanthropic tendencies, giving propensity, and connections to Rice University; communicates the results of research and analysis to front-line officers and makes recommendations on the prospect’s potential philanthropic impact to the University; works to identify new prospects for Rice University. On a regular basis, the Development Research Analyst meets with assigned front-line fundraisers to discuss the prospects within their portfolio and assist in prospect management.

Job Requirements:

Required Education: Bachelor's Degree, especially in a discipline requiring the study of research techniques and information interpretation.

Preferred Education: Master's degree with emphasis in liberal arts, library science, or journalism.

Experience: 1 years or more

Required Experience:

-        Proven library, research, and analytical techniques, emphasizing the ability to gather, evaluate, and synthesize complex data from various sources and present information in a clear and cohesive manner.

-        Ability to work independently and proactively, yet function in a collaborative team environment, exhibiting self-reliance, dependability, trustworthiness, good listening skills, and an ability to form effective working partnerships with colleagues.

-        Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, competing priorities, to solve problems, and to meet challenging and changing deadlines.

-        High degree of professionalism, ethical sensitivity, confidentiality, and discretion.

-        High level of computer proficiency required.  Must have advanced working knowledge of the Microsoft Windows environment (Word, PowerPoint).

Experience Preferred:

-        Experience in higher education or at a research institution.

-        Experience with prospect research resources such as (but not limited to) Lexis-Nexis for Development Professionals, NOZA, Hoover's, Foundation Directory, Guidestar, etc.

-        Experience with development databases (e.g. Millennium, Blackbaud, etc.).

-        Knowledge of Houston-area philanthropists, foundations, and corporate community.

-        Experience in identifying -prospects with high potential capacity ($100,000 or more over five years). 

-        Experience supporting prospect engagement, including working with development officers to prepare research, communications, or analysis in support of engagement of prospects.

-        Experience working in collaboration with front-line development officers to maximize the potential of their portfolio or to develop cultivation or solicitation strategies for prospect households.

-        Advanced level of computer proficiency is preferred.  Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel (chart creation, pivot tables, vlookup, etc.) and Microsoft Access (data joins, data cleaning, data mining) is preferred but not required.

APRA Greater Houston is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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