Prospect Researcher


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Position Title: Prospect Researcher
Department: Development

Established 125 years ago, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium has advocated for the conservation of precious wildlife and education of the community.


The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium connects people to wildlife, inspiring our communities to conserve nature for future generations.

Position Purpose:

The Prospect Research Coordinator works alongside a team of mission-driven professionals whose primary responsibilities include individual, planned, and foundation fundraising supporting conservation efforts and educating communities about wildlife.

Responsibilities/ Duties:

  • In collaboration with development staff, build prospect portfolios
  • Conduct prospect research on individuals and foundations with specific attention required to matters related to wealth capacity and philanthropic inclination
  • In consultation with other fundraising staff, establish policies and procedures to create, document and maintain an effective prospect management and tracking system
  • Organize and lead prospect management strategy sessions
  • Conduct prospect searches to match potential funders to projects
  • Develops prospects profiles, in=depth biographical data, financial/net worth analysis, indicators of possible philanthropic interest.
  • Creates briefing documents for meetings, travel and events
  • Stay current with new resources and technologies relevant to prospect research
  • Analyze and match charitable and economic interests of prospects and align those with fundraising opportunities at the Zoo
  • Keeps abreast of prospect development best practices and resources.
  • Conduct qualification research and interviews to determine readiness for prospect engagement
  • Assist with implementation of communication strategies for donors and Grow Wild members
  • Assists with departmental projects, serves on related committees as requested, provides assistance at all-hand events, including some weekend events and performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

The individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of successful experience in donor development work including research
  • Expertise with Altru required; experience with Wealth Engine preferred
  • Ability to work independently and with little supervision
  • Excellence in collaboration and ability to build long-term relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Competitive salary with excellent benefits.

Submit resume with salary requirements to:

Please forward a cover letter with salary requirements and your resume to  The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium is an Equal Opportunity Employer.