As part of a collaborative Prospect Development and Information Strategy team, identifies and evaluates major and principal gift prospects for the Art Institute of Chicago. Conducts detailed research using on-line databases, in-house data, and other reference sources. Creates written reports compiling and synthesizing this information, and oversees appropriate dissemination and presentation based on audience and situation. Uses prospecting tools such as screening and data modeling to provide analysis of overall prospect pools and targeted groups to support planning and projections. Provides analysis of and suggests suitable strategy for prospects in relation to institutional fundraising opportunities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct detailed biographical, business and financial research on individuals and organizations using on-line databases, in-house data, and other reference sources.Provide capacity assessments on prospects in ongoing projects and upon request.Prepare briefings and other formatted reports synthesizing this information as appropriate for a variety of audiences and situations.
Identify potential donors to AIC as new prospects for future research and cultivation. Conduct special prospect identification projects in support of identified priorities and initiatives. Review and validate regular screening results.Conduct in-depth analysis on leadership groups, as well as financial results.
Develop and maintain an ongoing, collaborative relationship with Development and related staff.Develop particular knowledge about AIC and its programs, projects, personnel and initiatives.
Assist in training current and new Development and related staff on understanding and interpreting research products and initiatives.
Methodically update paper, online and imaged files and records on constituents.
Gain and maintain proficiency in the use of commercial databases, free Internet resources, and internal systems.Assist in maintaining internal systems and products, including contributing to the upkeep of departmental Intranet and other sites.
Gain and maintain awareness of issues within the development profession, particularly relating to ethics, privacy and compliance, and of the goals and activities of AIC and its peer institutions.
Identify and attend relevant meetings, conferences, and related training opportunities of vendors and professional organizations.
Serve on administrative teams as appointed.
Perform related duties and assist Directors with projects as assigned.
Experience, Education, and Licensure
Bachelor’s degree or superior combination of education and experience.
Experience and references demonstrating scrupulous accuracy and attention to detail.
Proven ability to prioritize and work independently, responsibly, and meet deadlines.
Experience and references demonstrating creative and flexible research skills and ability to analyze, interpret, summarize and present information effectively.
2+ years working experience with prospect research and familiarity with a fund-raising or nonprofit environment preferred.
Ability to communicate effectively; exceptional and succinct writing/reporting skills are essential and will be tested.
Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations to internal and external groups and individuals.
Excellent interpersonal and relationship building and maintenance skills and ability to function well within multiple teams.
Familiarity with research resource materials consistent with APRA’s Advanced Body of Knowledge; ability to use on-line databases creatively and effectively.
Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred.
Required proficiency in information management and “poweruser” knowledge of standard Windows applications such as Excel and Access.
Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems while maintaining creativity in problem-solving.
Ability to apply an ethical code and good judgment, and to handle confidential materials and situations with sensitivity and discretion.
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In a...ddition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by TripAdvisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.