Senior Associate, Prospect Research, Partnerships

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Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, District of Columbia
Published 14 days ago

Washington, DC (901 E)


The Partnerships department is responsible for maintaining a broad and diverse base of public support for Pew's programmatic work, bringing in external financial resources to complement investments by the Pew family trusts, and working with program leadership to establish large-scale collaborations that allow philanthropic partners to invest alongside the organization. The department works closely with staff across Pew, including at our subsidiary, the Pew Research Center, to carry out its responsibilities.

Position Overview
The senior associate is responsible for identifying prospects; conducting prospect research; and supporting the team that drafts, implements, and manages policies and procedures related to prospect research. The role's responsibilities will continue to develop in line with Partnerships' growth and needs.

We are seeking a collaborative, organized, and data-oriented professional with a minimum of four years of experience in a nonprofit organization. The ideal candidate will be familiar with utilizing a wide range of research resources and demonstrate proficiency at translating data and information into written documents.

The senior associate position is based in Pew's Washington, DC office and reports to the manager, prospect research.


  • Identify, research, and analyze new prospects and current donors by reviewing and analyzing news media, financial documents, internal files and databases, online donor information systems, and other internal and external resources.
  • Draft, revise, and edit philanthropic research documents, including background reports, prospect briefings, and biographies. Ensure that briefing materials are appropriate for senior leadership and aligned with institutional strategy and key messages.
  • Assist with cultivation and stewardship events by developing guest profiles.
  • Complete complex projects independently, including performing basic project management duties.
  • Analyze, segment, and create data reports.
  • Share best practices and provide training to colleagues. Review research products prepared by team members.
  • Utilize and have deep understanding of Pew's Salesforce constituent relationship management (CRM) system.
  • Thoroughly understand Pew and how it operates; develop a comprehensive knowledge of its history, culture, programs, and base of financial support.
  • Adhere to recognized fundraising and research ethics policies and standards.


  • A bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience, required. Skills associated with the completion of a graduate degree preferred.
  • A minimum of four years of professional experience required. Experience in a nonprofit organization and with donor research required.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the fundraising cycle and where prospect research fits within that cycle.
  • Strong written skills (including editing and proofreading) are essential to this position, including the ability to understand and succinctly translate data for fundraisers, senior management, and the board of trustees.
  • High level of attention to detail, particularly with names, financial data, and biographical details.
  • Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills. Ability to investigate an issue, ask thoughtful questions, and recommend possible solutions. Ability to build a logical approach to address problems by drawing on own knowledge and experience or by seeking other references or resources.
  • Creative and strategic thinker. Ability to think outside the box, challenge conventional norms, and try new approaches, particularly in prospect identification as Pew does not have a natural constituency.
  • Strong collaborative orientation. Ability to develop working relationships and communicate with colleagues.
  • Self-disciplined, action-oriented style. Ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines. Strong work ethic.
  • Sound judgment and discretion in handling and securing confidential information and adhering to professional ethics.
  • Ability to understand organizational structure and work through administrative systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams) and research databases such as Nexis for Development Professionals, WealthEngine, and RelSci. Ability to learn new prospect and donor technology used at Pew, including Salesforce, if not already familiar. Experience using Salesforce or other CRM software is a plus.


Minimal travel anticipated.

Total Rewards

We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Washington, DC (901 E)


The Partnerships department is responsible for maintaining a broad and diverse base of public support for Pew's programmatic work, bringing in external financial resources to complement investments by…

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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