Associate Director Prospect Research

The Division of University Advancement at Miami University is looking for new team members who want to make an impact on the lives and experiences of our students through philanthropy. Miami University is a public university founded in 1809 with over 200,000 alumni and 20,000 enrolled students. With its close proximity to the city of Cincinnati coupled with a nationally recognized excellence in undergraduate education, there is a significant opportunity to increase support from alumni, friends, and partners. Everyone on our team plays a part in achieving this goal.

The Associate Director of Prospect Development is a member of the Office of Development within the Division of University Advancement, reporting directly to the Director of Prospect Development. The Prospect Development unit assists Miami University’s fundraising efforts by leading prospect research efforts, establishing and enforcing prospect management practices, overseeing performance management, and using analytics to help the University achieve its top priorities. The scope of prospect development tasks and duties is determined by the Assistant Vice President of Campaign Services and the Senior Associate Vice President of University Advancement.

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Miami University recognizes that technology enables us to find new ways of providing first class service and workplace flexibility. This position is approved for remote work on a hybrid basis, following a successful period of six (6) months of employment. Remote work is a working arrangement that can be modified or revoked by Miami University at any time for any reason.


  • Oversees Prospect Management operations, including evaluation and prioritization of all Development Officer prospect portfolios and prospect pipelines, and applying best practices to strengthen/maintain high-quality pools. Communicates regularly with front-line fundraisers and their supervisors.
  • Works with the department's Director to develop goals, maximize use of resources and execute best practices for areas within Prospect Development. In absence of Director, oversee operations of the Prospect Development team, and provide immediate support to university and divisional leadership.
  • Researches and analyzes Miami’s constituency (individuals and organizations) to determine gift potential and volunteer interests.   
  • Assists with high-level research, departmental and divisional projects, and provides research support to specific colleges and units, as directed.
  • Develops and provides training on prospect development-related topics to Development staff and University Advancement personnel.  Oversees student workers who are assisting with research-related tasks.
  • Keep abreast of research methods and resources by attending training sessions and networking with other research professionals via organizational memberships and conferences, focusing on prospect research and fundraising issues.
  • Assists with divisional projects, serves on related committees, and performs other duties as assigned.  


Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years of experience in advancement activities, including but not limited to prospect development, research, development, alumni relations, advancement services or a related field. Excellent written and oral communication skills, solid work ethic, and commitment to integrity and appropriate use of confidential material. Proficiency with computer operating systems (Microsoft Windows), Microsoft Office Suite, databases and reporting systems.


Preferred Qualifications:  Master’s degree in relevant field. Experience in nonprofit development arena, particularly relational fundraising and prospect research and management strategies. Management and analytics experience. Excellent problem identification and solving, ability to balance multiple priorities simultaneously, team-player with focus on building strong relationships and delivering information in a clear and timely manner. Experience with research and wealth-screening tools (including but not limited to Lexis-Nexis, iWave, LinkedIn, and Wealth-X). Knowledge of Miami University’s systems, Banner, data structures, and overall organization landscape.

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.


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