Prospect Research Analyst [DEVF-15], ACLUF, Development Department, NY

National Offices, New York, NY
New York
June 16, 2017

Career Opportunity
Prospect Research Analyst [DEVF-15]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Development Department, NY


For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.  Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin. 

The Development Department of the National Office in New York City is seeking a full-time Prospect Research Analyst


Reporting to the Deputy Director of Leadership Gifts, the Prospect Research Analyst is responsible for identifying new prospects for making leadership gifts ($100,000+ annual capacity) to the ACLU, ensuring that accurate and detailed donor information is collected and maintained in the ACLU donor database, coordinating the implementation of a data analytics program, and providing prospect research to fundraisers. 


  • Identify, evaluate and recommend prospects for consideration based on their ability to financially support the ACLU at a leadership gifts level.  Provide research and analysis of biographical, philanthropic, professional and financial information of donors and prospects for the Leadership Gifts unit.
  • Conceptualize and execute proactive prospecting methodologies to support fundraising goals:  identify new prospects (through existing data analytics segmentation, electronic database screening, upgrade reports, news media reports, etc.), while applying a sophisticated understanding of wealth indicators and philanthropic inclination.
  • With the Deputy Director, design and implement reports and projects to feed and maintain healthy fundraising portfolio pipelines.
  • Utilize online databases and resources, in house data, and other references to conduct prospect research.
  • Prepare written profiles, event attendee bios, and qualification lists to support the cultivation of individual and organizational prospects. Discuss findings and strategy recommendations with development staff as appropriate.
  • Perform quantitative analysis to determine capacity ratings based on data to qualify prospects for Leadership Gifts portfolios.
  • With the Deputy Director and others, assign prospects to fundraiser portfolios and monitor and report on related performance metrics. 
  • Stay current regarding best practices for prospect research through APRA membership and attendance at conferences.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office;  A personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in prospect research, fundraising database management, and/or individualized donor strategy work.
  • Strong analytical ability required in order to interpret data needs, perform analysis, create data solutions and follow-through in a timely manner.
  • Advanced skills in databases, querying and Microsoft Excel is strongly preferred, Salesforce experience a plus.
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of data and generate reports independently.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Background in a nonprofit fundraising environment strongly preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and handle confidential donor/constituency information with sensitivity and integrity
  • Commitment to basic prospect research ethics and the ACLU’s strong privacy principles.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.


The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.


Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements), and resume to Reference [DEVF-15/ ACLU-W] in subject line.   Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required.  It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

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