Prospect Researcher - Karachi, Pakistan

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Oct 11, 2020

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The Resource Development department at the Aga Khan University primarily focuses on cultivating donor relations and all things pertaining to fundraising for the University and the Hospital. The department aims to develop mutually beneficial relationships with its various diverse supporters globally, and aids the University in its mission through generating philanthropic and other financial support. The Resource Development team works with donors to continue building a positive impact within the lives of patients, and the greater community, and strives to continually increase the impact that it has in the future.

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Prospect Research and Portfolio Management, the Assistant Manager is responsible for providing detailed research on past, current and prospective donors to determine capacity, philanthropic inclination, and affinity in support of the fundraising activities of the University; and for tracking prospect and donor activity towards fundraising targets. The specific responsibilities are:
undertaking pro-active research on individuals, corporations, foundations and trusts using a variety of resources: including news and media services, biographical information, financial databases, directories, online resources, specialized services, etc.
verifying, analysing and synthesising accumulated information to assess personal and professional networks, financial capacity, philanthropic inclinations, and affinity to AKU and/or the work of the University
preparing detailed research profiles, briefings and reports on current and prospective donors for fundraisers, senior leadership and other individuals in advance of fundraising meetings and events
analysing, segmenting and preparing detailed reports drawing upon information held in the Universitys database (Raisers Edge)
working with fundraising staff, University leadership, faculty and volunteers to continuously identify new prospective donors for the University and to update existing information
ensuring the upkeep of the database by continuously reviewing, updating and correcting information on individuals, corporations, foundations and trusts. Using agreed protocols, work to update information held in the donor database for all of these groups
partnering with fundraising staff by providing and receiving new information on donors and prospective donors, and by actively contributing to fundraising strategies for donor cultivation
building relationships with colleagues across Resource Development and the wider University to maintain an awareness of their activities, goals and University priorities
providing research and background information for other activities in support of fundraising and the work of Resource Development
overseeing and managing research materials, resources, on-line services and subscriptions related to the work of prospect research
providing guest lists, event briefings and other reports as required.

You should have:
a university degree; preferably a Masters degree in business-related discipline and/or strong familiarity of the business environment in South Asia
an interest in, and understanding of, higher education, philanthropy and fundraising and the subject areas of the University
at least 3-5 years of work experience with two years prospect research or similar research experience with experience of using fundraising databases such as the Raisers Edge
an experience of cloud-based applications such as Google Drive, Sharepoint, OneDrive and/or Microsoft Teams
the ability to analyse and synthesize information and data from a wide variety of sources, and to present the resulting information to a range of audiences in a clear and accurate manner
excellent analytical and problem solving skills
excellent written and verbal communication skills
flexibility and an ability to deliver work to tight deadlines
experience of Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel, and web browsers
excellent attention to detail and the ability to manage a busy and diverse workload
the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion
a highly professional manner.

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