Senior Researcher

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA, USA Remote

Full time



Nov 8

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Director for Research in the College Relations department

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Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

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Mount Holyoke attracts ambitious and independent-minded students to our inclusive and socially conscious community of 2,200 students, who hail from nearly all 50 states and 74 countries. One of the most diverse liberal arts institutions in the U.S., the College combines rigorous, innovative academics with embedded career experiences that prepare students for leadership on a global scale. Our graduates are consistently recognized for doing groundbreaking work – in all fields, on all continents, and in a vast array of languages.

The College is seeking a Senior Researcher to join the College Relations team. Reporting to the Director of Prospect Research and Management, the Senior Researcher will provide the groundwork for the College Relations team’s activities by supporting a prospect management system as well as identifying, researching, and analyzing potential individual sources of financial support. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience and a proven ability to work strategically and effectively in a higher educational environment.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Conduct proactive and reactive prospect research, to evaluate the financial capabilities of new prospects and existing donors and to analyze prospect and donor gift potential, readiness to give, special interests, and connections to MHC. Recommend strategies for engaging and inspiring prospective donors.
  • Provide analysis, including data visualizations, of constituent data and portfolios to support prospect identification, prospect management projects, and portfolio review.
  • Maintain liaison relationships with a team of assigned frontline fundraisers to meet their prospect management needs, through regular portfolio review meetings and ad hoc research.
  • Write briefings and profiles on qualified prospects in support of Presidential, VP, and other fundraiser-led meetings and events.
  • Collaborate with the Director to evaluate available research tools and vendors.
  • Assist the Director as needed. Examples include addressing urgent requests to ensure timely response and participating in projects such as campaign planning and documentation of departmental policy and procedure.

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Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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