Development Research Associate

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


The Public Theater seeks a full-time Development Research Associate, reporting to the Senior Manager, Individual Giving Programs. The Development Research Associate will provide a pivotal role in the upholding the prospect research division of The Public Theater to directly support the institution’s fundraising efforts and ambitions.



·        Prepare high-level research on individuals using a wide variety of biographical, organizational and financial sources, including state-of-the-art online database services, Internet websites, library and government sources and other external sources of public information

·        Analyze and synthesize accumulated information to assess financial capacity, philanthropic tendencies, giving propensity and connections to The Public Theater

·        Make recommendations to develop and implement further research strategies to assist the development of cultivation and solicitation plans

·        Prepare a weekly research report of new and renewed donors from the database

·        Support research needs of all aspects of the Development Operations

·        Prepare event briefing notes ahead of special events which will be used by members of the Development department and senior staff 

·        Assist with maintaining accurate and up-to-date information on The Public's database, ensuring the accuracy of all research information input into Tessitura, and producing reports on prospects and the database

·        When required, conduct proactive and reactive research projects to identify new prospects for specific funding opportunities (e.g. production underwriting) 

·        Rate donors and prospects in terms of inclination and capacity, and consult with fundraising staff on cultivation and solicitation strategies

·        Keep up-to-date with news publications to uncover and communicate timely information

·        Create and maintain policies and procedures supporting best practices, ethical and professional research standards, leveraging technology, data integrity and data security

·        Safeguard the confidentiality of donor information at all times, uphold departmental policies regarding confidential information, adhere to ethical and confidentiality guidelines of Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement

·        Act as an ambassador for The Public at all times

·        Perform additional duties, as assigned


The ideal candidate will have the ability to synthesize complex information and create digestible and concise research findings, manage different work streams efficiently and work to fixed deadlines, and the ability to work independently and within a wider team to provide additional support when needed. Prior experience of working within a fundraising department is preferable, as well as excellent attention to detail, excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), and excellent written skills. The ideal candidate will also possess knowledge of Tessitura or other fundraising databases, an active interest in financial news, philanthropy and global news, and active interest in theatre and The Public's work and philanthropic ambitions.

The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

This Non-Exempt position, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act, is available immediately.

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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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