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RESEARCH/APPLICATIONS SPECIALIST

Alabama A&M University

Normal, AL

Job posting number: #7081770

Posted: August 3, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

ABOUT ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY :
Alabama A&M University (AAMU), an 1890 Land-Grant institution located in the high-tech center of Huntsville in northern Alabama, invites applications for the positions listed below. Situated in the northeast quadrant of the city of 200,000, the hillside campus is just four miles away from downtown Huntsville. AAMU offers its 6,100-student population a wide range of course offerings under the College of Agriculture, Life and Natural Sciences; College of Business and Public Affairs; College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Science. The School of Graduate Studies serves about 1,400 and offers doctoral degree programs in Applied Physics, Food Science, Plant/Soil Science and Reading/Literacy.


JOB DESCRIPTION:
Summary:

This position will identify and research individual, corporate, and foundation donors/prospects for major and endowed gifts, special project funding, and annual support. Responsible for writing and running Advancement reports for staff members and the integration of Advancement's software systems with the Office of Information Technology (IT). Provide reports about specific donors, prospects, and a variety of gift/pledge reports containing an analysis of information gathered from public and internal sources while providing technical support for advancement staff.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Assume primary responsibility for meeting the prospect identification and research needs of development staff, enabling them to meet fundraising goals.
Meet regularly with these individuals to develop prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and overall fundraising strategies, keeping abreast of their activities and the initiatives and programs underway.
Consult with development staff to determine feasibility of research requests and special projects.
Advise development staff about new prospect possibilities as appropriate or requested.
Use both standard and novel prospect research techniques and tools to identify new prospects and complete donor background requests, including periodical and electronic screening and/or information provided by the prospect or his/her organization.
Create profile reports tailored to needs of individual development programs.
Maintain policies and procedures for the prospect research program.
Utilize central development database to track/store profile data.
Provide technical support of computer applications (e.g. Banner Advancement, Smart Call, Donor Search, etc.) to ensure availability, efficient and effective use.
Manage alumni/donor database system to ensure timely upgrades, security and maintenance in accordance with IT policies.
Work closely with the Director of Development to identify and understand Advancement's objectives and ensure that these objectives are met with the best possible use of resources.
Oversee data integrity and standards of Advancement systems.
Conduct training for Advancement staff for report writing, wealth screening, and other applicable areas specific to Advancement.
Development of constituent reports and management dashboards.
Other duties as assigned by Director of Development.
Strategize with development staff regarding prospect identification and collaborates to develop donor prospect reports appropriate to departmental needs.
Collaborate with IT in support of the Banner Advancement module.



REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum Position Requirements (including years of experience, certifications, licenses, etc.):

Bachelor's degree
At least three (3) years of experience in technical application, Ellucian Banner or other related software, sales, and/or prospect research.
Experience in Microsoft Office and Windows server environments.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Strong written and verbal communication skills
Attention to detail, an aptitude for logical thinking
Commitment to professional ethics, and the ability to interact with development staff as well as experience working in an IT and/or fund raising environment
Understanding of relational database systems
Experience in SQL report writing
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to prioritize and multi-task
Ability to make sound judgment
Demonstrate the ability and fortitude to identify unknown sources
Extensive computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft office software, Banner Advancement module, searching on-line databases, report writing, and the Internet
Demonstrate ability to work in a team environment and meet goals in a timely manner
Must have the ability to multi-task in a fast pace environment and maintain confidentiality of all donor records and other sensitive information
Expected to exert initiative and sound judgment in carrying-out related responsibilities within the framework of Development and IT data policies and procedures



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