Boston University RESEARCH ANALYST, Development & Alumni Relations, Research in Boston, Massachusetts

Tracking Code 5667/C1418 Job Description


If you want to join a dynamic, mission-driven team in the best college town in the U.S.—at a prestigious university that knows where it wants to go, and is competitive in its compensation and benefits—consider us. If you want to help bring a $1.5 billion-dollar campaign to a successful conclusion—and maybe do some of your best work as an advancement professional—consider joining our team. This historic effort will depend upon a dedicated, creative, and diverse staff. Boston University’s Development and Alumni Relations’ top leadership includes outstanding individuals recruited from some of the best institutions in the world and is led by Senior Vice President Scott Nichols.



The Prospect Research department at Boston University is responsible for identifying new principal gift and leadership gift prospects for the Campaign. It also prepares briefing materials for development visits by the President, Deans and Executive Vice Presidents, and for development-related events. It is responsible for maintaining the data integrity of capacity ratings, inclination codes, and prospect manager assignments, and for creating and distributing a daily report of news events on its leading prospects.

The Research Analyst will assist in writing reports which analyze and evaluate the biographical, business and financial resources of campaign prospects, both reactive and proactive. This position will assist in developing and implementing strategies to identify prospective individual and institutional donors, and provide advice and counsel to major gift and other development officers as to prioritizing the giving capacities and inclinations of prospects.

  • Write biographical and financial research reports; link prospects to fundraising projects/programs when appropriate. Disseminate high level confidential information that impacts development activity responding to a broad spectrum of high priority and ad hoc research requests from the President and Vice President's offices, as well as other offices in Development.

  • Develop and implement strategies to identify and evaluate prospective individual and institutional donors.

  • Update research profiles to insure the continuous exchange of current information on trustees, important alumni, parents, corporations and foundations.

Required Skills

Candidates require a Bachelor’s degree and one to three years of related experience. Additionally, written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Strong computer, organizational and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to prioritize the workload. The selected candidate must be able to handle confidential material responsibly and interact professionally with a wide spectrum of individuals. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Play a leading role in BU’s $1.5 Billion campaign, and join us today.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Location Boston , Massachusetts, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular