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Director, Global Prospect Research

New York City | London

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City | London
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

Job Description:

The External Relations (ER) department was created in early 2020 and is comprised of 3 main but complementary functional areas: Private fundraising, Communications and Advocacy. The department is in the beginning stages of creating a new ambitious strategy that will enhance IRC’s ability to ‘punch above its weight’ in private income, advocacy, and brand awareness.

Supporting this endeavor, and an integral part of ER, is the Global Partnerships and Philanthropic Services (GPPS) Unit. Reporting into the VP Global Partnerships and Philanthropic Services, GPPS consists of functional specialists across a variety of high-value fundraising functions providing all elements of cultivation, support and stewardship to high value donors, partners, and supporters, comprising three pillars: Prospect Research & Management; Program Services; and Partner Engagement & Corporate Affairs.

The candidate has an exciting opportunity to join Prospect Research & Management and be part of a team that is critical to the advancement of our aspirational high-value (HV) goals and vision. Today, high-value income makes up for more than two-thirds of the Organization’s private-sector revenue. The delivery of outstanding service and expert functions from GPPS across all HV teams globally will be a critical enabler to the continued success of our HV fundraisers.

Job Overview:

Prospect and donor research is the foundation of high value fundraising, providing insight and recommendations to the fundraisers to make informed data driven and timely decisions progressing prospects through the donor’s journey in line with organizational priorities. Our work supports the organization’s sustainability by finding opportunities for funding, focusing our resources, and protecting its reputation through due diligence. We empower fundraisers and our leadership to make effective, donor centric decision-making.

In this role, you and your team will support global new business and new funding modalities, a brand-new area developed to proactively generate and build new funding opportunities for the IRC. You will be responsible for engendering high-quality donor research and strategic feedback on corporates, foundations and HNWIs in international markets, with a particular focus on donor-advised funds and faith/membership-based entities. Using your expertise and data knowledge, you will coordinate the HV teams’ understanding of how to deploy global partnership strategies, grounded in organizational priorities.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Integrate data-driven and qualitative analyses of specific client and broader trends into sophisticated global tactics and strategies for client management, opportunity development, and enhanced revenue;
  • Act as a thought partner with New Business leaders to understand the ecosystem of new funding modalities, and implement resulting strategies into team directives;
  • Monitor philanthropic news sources to keep fundraisers and senior leadership informed of overall trends in philanthropy;
  • Supervise and mentor the global Research team (currently 4); including annual goal setting and strategy creation;
  • Formulate a blueprint for identifying and qualifying donors capable of significant financial support, applying different on-line and electronic sources, for meetings and strategy planning;

·       Improve the team’s operational systems, bolstering the team’s efficiency and ability to keep up with  growing department goals;

  • Conduct advanced biographical and financial research; correlate donor interests and funding opportunities; identify and track key connections; interpret, analyze and synthesize data; and compile confidential research profiles on both individual and institutional donors, including board members and potential board nominees;
  • Raise visibility of research team and promote research services to colleagues in External Relations through presentations and reports;
  • Develop and implement periodic electronic screenings and other data appends; select vendors, determine screening populations, and interpret results;
  • Rate donors and prospects in terms of capacity and inclination, and develop strategic recommendations in consultation with front-line fundraising colleagues;
  • In partnership with IRC Office of General Council, lead on global due diligence guidelines for key international markets;
  • Be responsible for case load of requests to ensure workload is shared evenly across team members;
  • Establish benchmarking to evaluate efficiency of research recommendations and products;
  • Develop expertise in institutional programs and develop external resources to monitor and track industry specific changes significant to IRC’s mission.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience – Master’s degree preferred;
  • 8-10 years progressive experience in prospect research/database management (Salesforce);
  • Experience coaching, developing and mentoring individuals;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis and business intelligence work in support of non-profit fundraising or commercial sales, preferably with familiarity of MENA, Africa, Asia and Europe regions;
  • Demonstrated skills for analyzing, interpreting, and synthesizing data;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop proactive prospecting methodologies to support organizational goals, including data mining, sophisticated constituent database queries, etc.;
  • High proficiency in internet search engines and sophisticated search techniques, fundraising software, data retrieval services (e.g. LexisNexis, iWave, Foundation Directory, etc.), MS Office (Word, Outlook and Excel, in particular). Experience working with a relational database a necessity, preferably Salesforce;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as an overall ability to be clear, diplomatic, and concise in all communications; attention to detail a must.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Keen understanding of the international business sector and familiarity with corporate research and resources;
  • Knowledge and curiosity about emerging concepts and practices in the field of strategic philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, Public Private Partnerships, and impact investing, particularly as it relates non-U.S. entities;
  • Strong interpersonal and time-management skills; confirmed ability to prioritize and deliver on time;
  • Ability to act with sensitivity and discretion while working with highly confidential information;
  • Prior experience working at an international organization outside the U.S
  • Multiple languages a plus, particularly written and spoken knowledge of Arabic and/or Mandarin;

Working Environment:  Requires remote/flex-time work.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.


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