Suffolk University Senior Director, Prospect Research & Management in Boston, Massachusetts

Senior Director, Prospect Research & Management

StaffBoston, Massachusetts



Summary of Position: The Senior Director leads the team of researchers that provide necessary information to the Advancement office to ensure successful fundraising, stewardship and alumni outreach. This in turn supports the growth of fundraising efforts in direct alignment with the University’s strategic imperatives.Primary Responsibilities:

Provide Prospect Research function needed by department to ensure successful outreach.

  • Ensures that information is available to Advancement department in a timely and accurate fashion to impact successful outreach efforts.

  • Direct a team of professional research staff with respect to hiring, training, productivity and professional development.

  • Define research priorities, both domestic and international, to ensure an appropriate balance of proactive and reactive research.

  • Manage incoming research requests to ensure research efforts are aligned with the University’s strategic imperatives and fundraising initiatives.

Direct Prospect Management function needed by department to ensure organized and functional major gift fundraising program.

  • Facilitates fundraising outcomes through the portfolio review process, development and management of the proposal pipeline, and moves management using existing technologies. Responsibilities include organizing data such that it is accurate and available for outreach.

Participate in Strategic Planning and Special Projects with leadership to ensure development of advancement prospects.

  • As part of Advancement’s Senior Leadership team, the Senior Director will participate in strategic planning and special projects as assigned. Tasks may include organization and evaluation of future potential prospects from alumni and parents.

Maintain Data Integrity and Usage to ensure users have accurate information available when needed

  • Responsible for the integrity of data; capacity ratings and data elements supporting moves management. The Senior Director will ensure Advancement staff understands the data and how to effectively leverage the data to support fundraising.


  • Bachelor's degree required, master’s degree preferred

  • Prior experience collaborating with multiple levels of an organization

  • Demonstrated strong and innovative leadership

  • Over 10 years of research and prospect management experience; over 5 years of supervisory experience

  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills

  • Direct experience with international prospect research and management

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects under tight deadlines

  • Prior experience must include handling confidential material with discretion.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a deadline-oriented environment