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Assistant Director of Prospect Research

Ball State University

Last Updated: 5/16/22

Job Description

Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Would you like to work with dynamic, results-focused colleagues in a collaborative, team-driven model? Ball State University Foundation is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented individual to join our successful and growing team as Assistant Director, Prospect Research.

This position functions as an integral member of the Advancement Services and Prospect Research team and partners with Foundation staff.

We’re committed to an empowering management philosophy through diversity, equity, inclusion, and excellence and encourage all individuals to apply. Come fly with us!

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Position Function: The Assistant Director of Prospect Research will be responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive prospect identification strategies with focus on identifying individuals, foundations, and organizations with the affinity and capacity to provide charitable financial support to the University and Foundation; gathering and presenting data from internal and external sources to inform the fundraising efforts of Development; and supporting colleagues to ensure research needs are effectively addressed. This position will assist in the creation and maintenance of prospect research policies, develop reports and dashboards with visualization tools (Excel and RE NXT), ensure research sources are maximized, and manage projects at all priority levels.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • At least one year of related experience.
  • Must have problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills needed.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects, organize work, and meet deadlines.
  • Curiosity with technology to assist with implementing and training.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products with a focus on Word, Excel, Outlook, and OneDrive.
  • Must exercise discretion in working with confidential information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diversity.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A working knowledge of Advancement CRM platforms, Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge/NXT preferred.
  • Knowledge of higher education and university advancement operations.
  • Ability to read and understand financial statements and data.
  • Understand statistical predictive models.

Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/29444. Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to Beth Alexander. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through March 16, 2022.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

https://cms.bsu.edu/About/AdministrativeOffices/HumanResources/Jobs/Benefits-and-Community/professional-staff

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.



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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...