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Director of Prospect Research

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Founded in 1764, Brown University is one of the world’s leading research institutions. The university has cultivated a rich tradition of student-centered learning and innovative scholarship, fostering an environment where creativity, collaboration, and interdisciplinary exploration thrive. With a commitment to intellectual freedom and a mission to serve the community, the nation, and the world, Brown University is renowned for its rigorous academic programs and its unwavering dedication to making a meaningful impact through research, education, and service.

At Brown, students and faculty engage in groundbreaking research and scholarship across a diverse array of disciplines, from addressing pressing societal issues like the opioid crisis to pioneering space exploration endeavors. Rooted in a culture of respect for diverse perspectives and a dedication to rigorous scholarship, Brown’s academic model empowers students to pursue their passions and embrace intellectual risk-taking. With a deep commitment to fostering a collaborative learning community that transcends traditional boundaries, Brown University continues to inspire generations of scholars and leaders to push the boundaries of knowledge and make a lasting impact on society.

The Opportunity

The Director of Prospect Research will play a pivotal role in advancing the institution’s overarching mission of discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge in a spirit of free inquiry.

In this role, the Director of Prospect Research will have the opportunity to drive fundraising efforts by spearheading comprehensive prospect research initiatives and leveraging data-driven strategies to identify and cultivate prospective donors. Reporting to the Senior Director of Research and Prospect Development, the Director of Prospect Research will lead a talented team of research analysts and collaborate closely with senior staff and frontline fundraisers to help steer and achieve University-wide fundraising goals.

The ideal candidate for this role will possess exceptional interpersonal skills, project management acumen, and a strategic mindset to navigate complex organizational dynamics effectively. With a minimum of seven years of experience in prospect research, fundraising, or related fields, including at least two years of supervisory experience, the Director will bring a deep understanding of wealth analysis, donor research methodologies, and best practices in prospect management.

This role offers an exceptional opportunity to contribute to Brown University’s mission of academic excellence and societal impact while fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and philanthropic stewardship within the Advancement Division at Brown.

To Learn More and Nominate Qualified Candidates


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