Senior Prospect Researcher

Senior Prospect Researcher

  • Full Time
  • Remote

Website Jobs for the Future

Senior Prospect Researcher 

Position Location: Flexible (Remote within the United States)  


About JFF:  

Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a leading national nonprofit that drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all.  


About the position:  

The Development Team works across all units to support strategic fundraising at JFF. We seek out new funding opportunities and support existing relationships between JFF and regional, national, and government funders. The Development Team assists with prospective funder research, identifying and assessing funding opportunities and RFPs. We also focus on project research and development, concept papers, proposal writing and submissions.   

This new position presents an exciting opportunity for a creative, highly organized individual to engage with colleagues across JFF to manage prospect research for our growing, national nonprofit organization. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development Strategy & Operations, the Senior Prospect Researcher serves as a critical strategic partner and point of coordination for prospect research and management, collaborating with colleagues in the Development Team as well as program and executive leaders. As a new role at JFF, the Senior Prospect Researcher will have the chance to build a body of prospect research for our new high-net worth individual giving program, expand and deepen research on corporations and foundations, and identify new types of funding entities and opportunities to support JFF’s mission and goals.  


What you’ll do:   

Strategic and Analytical Thinking 

Drive the systematic and proactive identification, determination, analysis, and maintenance of relevant information on potential prospects including individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies 
Analyze, interpret, synthesize and present biographical, professional, and financial information needed to facilitate the solicitation of constituents capable of making significant investments in JFF’s mission 
Contribute to the development of new fundraising strategies for high-net-worth individuals, family offices and wealth managers, giving circles and funder collaboratives, private equity, tech networks, and more  
Relationship Building and Management  

Engage with program leaders to understand their work, goals, and impact in order to support strategies for identifying new funders  
Actively participate in prospect strategy meetings to ensure the effective use of prospect research information 
Stay abreast of JFF’s portfolio of programs/units to be able to proactively identify and assess prospects for new bodies of work 
Project Management  

Utilize a variety of research techniques and resources to prepare background reports, profiles, and other information 
Present appropriate materials in response to requests for information, including in-depth prospect profiles, summary information to support major solicitation and/or stewardship events  
Prepare briefings for the CEO and other Executive Team members 
Organize and maintain prospect records and files, including continuous maintenance of accurate databases 
Develop and maintain processes and criteria for mechanisms for managing research requests 
Collaborate closely with members of the Development Team and manage their contributions to prospect research  

Who you are:   

You possess high energy and passion for JFF’s mission and the ability to apply JFF’s core values to all areas of your work 
You have at least 5 years of experience where you have supported and managed prospect research at increasing levels of independence and responsibility and across a variety of funding streams (high-net worth individuals, corporations, foundations, etc.) 
You are a subject matter expert in a wide array of prospect research tools and databases, financial analysis for wealth assessment, products related to overall research analysis, and report writing systems 
You have previously contributed to an organization’s fundraising strategy by making connections between the organization’s mission, programs, and results and potential funding opportunities  
You have a track record of success with using prospect research to expand and diversify funding sources and you enjoy the challenge of surfacing and researching new leads  
You are organized and efficient, able to produce information at appropriate levels of detail and accuracy under sometimes tight deadlines 
You can communicate ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of internal and external audiences 
You operate with a customer service orientation and have previously partnered with other development colleagues, Executive Team members, and senior leaders in support of fundraising strategies 
You maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information and uphold the Donor Bill of Rights and other ethical standards in your work 
You bring prior experience entering and analyzing prospect information into CRMs (JFF uses Salesforce), but also have comfort learning new tools quickly and an eye for bringing process and system improvements to your work 
You model inclusive leadership, working effectively with colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds, and building and stewarding an organizational culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion 
You build positive, effective, collaborative cultures and teams wherever you work 
You are a curious and adaptive learner, with a willingness to take in new information, perspectives and data to inform your work  
You demonstrate a growth mindset with the ability to create and maintain standards of high performance and accountability, and foster innovation, continuous learning, and improvement 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at JFF:  

JFF is committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. JFF fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, JFF strongly encourages people impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.  


Positions at JFF are not eligible for employer-visa sponsorship or open to F-1 student visa holders.  


All JFF employees are required to be fully up to date on their vaccinations against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption has been requested and a reasonable accommodation approved.   


JFF offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and skills.  



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