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Prospect Researcher

Job Description

The Prospect Researcher is a full-time member of the Advancement Services team employed by the University of Louisiana Lafayette Foundation. The Prospect Researcher works closely with other Units of University Advancement staff to complete functions needed to support the mission and goals of the Units and the University as a whole.


Job Tasks & Responsibilities

The Prospect Researcher is responsible for identifying and creating profiles on individuals, corporations, and foundation donors, and research prospects for major gifts, special project funding and annual/sustaining support. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Using a spectrum of sources, the Prospect Researcher will research, organize, and evaluate a prospect’s financial capacity, ability to give, willingness to give, charitable interests, and connections to the University.
  • Produce in-depth, well-written reports on potential prospects based on a combination of data from the donor database, available financial records, real estate ownership, and other markers of high-quality donors.
  • Write prospect briefings for the use of the development team, Vice-President of University Advancement and the President’s Office.
  • Implement new research techniques as they arise.
  • Meet regularly with Development Officers, keeping abreast of their activities and initiatives underway to assist with developing strategies for prospects.
  • Review news and business publications to keep informed of prospect information and local and regional business developments and economic trends.
  • Develop reports from the current database system and assist with analysis of data as it relates to identifications of potential prospects.
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently, prioritize work, and independently manage multiple, diverse, and competing priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Maintain the professional and ethical standards set forth for the field by the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA).
  • Perform other responsibilities as required.



Minimum bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Preferred qualifications of at least three years in extensive investigative, legal or research related fields. The successful applicant must demonstrate strong communication skills, be highly organized, self-motivated and handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities as required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Executive Order 11246, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $40,000.00 - $45,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Schedule: Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate: Lafayette, LA 70503: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Experience: Fundraising: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location: One location


To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and three references to