Prospect Researcher

Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium

Job Description

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 and 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 include:

  • 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.

Requirements include:

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.

Application Instructions

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

Posted 1 year ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Education Requirement
Bachelor's Degree
Experience Requirement
1-5 years