Assistant Director of Development Research

Job Type

Full Time




16 Hurd Road
United States


Title: Assistant Director of Development Research

Reports to: Director of Research and Prospect Management

Status: Exempt; Full Time

Location: Headquarters in Brookline, MA

Start Date: Immediate

The Organization: Facing History and Ourselves is an international, educational nonprofit organization with a mission to engage students and teachers of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. For over 40 years, we have provided educators with professional development and best-in-class educational resources that enable students conduct rigorous investigations of the development of difficult histories, including the Holocaust, Reconstruction, the struggle for civil rights in the United States, the fall of apartheid in South Africa, and other key historical moments worldwide. Students explore the individual choices that led to mass violence or systemic discrimination—as well as decision-making that led to positive change—and reflect on the choices they face today and consider how they can make a difference as “upstanders,” rather than bystanders.

Summary of the Position: This collaborative position provides an extraordinary opportunity to further develop the prospect research and management function at Facing History and Ourselves - the Assistant Director of Development Research will help implement and influence systems, strategies, and partnerships. Reporting to the Director of Research and Prospect Management in the Development Operations department, the Assistant Director of Development Research is responsible for supporting the prospect research and management function for a portfolio of three regions in the U.S. and Canada. The qualified candidate will assist with the following key goals in support of the organization’s 5 year strategic plan: development and launch of a functional prospect management system; evaluation and calibration of individual major giving portfolios; support for the newly created giving society ($10,000+ annually) initiatives; and, increase of the donor base through targeted research projects.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Support prospect management, portfolio management, and data entry functions
  • Analyze available information to evaluate a prospect’s financial capacity, interests, inclinations, charitable affiliations, and connections to the organization
  • Work with portfolio regions to identify and qualify new prospects each year for our giving society, and identify those donors who can transition to this community
  • Produce strategic prospect briefings to support larger-scale regional benefit events and key dinner/house parties/salons for portfolio regions
  • Prepare research material, including from prospect management project, regional events, strategic prospecting, pipeline call response, requests, etc., for members of the development staff and senior leadership team
  • Actively participate in cultivation planning and strategy meetings
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with frontline fundraisers and other development staff members
  • General other projects as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years overall experience required, including at least 2-3 years of professional research and prospect management experience in a non-profit development environment
  • Understanding of the development field, research and prospect management best practices, and prospect research tools
  • Experience with CRM systems (preferably SalesForce), Google Suite, Lexis Nexis, iWave, WealthEngine, with the ability to learn new programs and software
  • Superior written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, and strong project management skills
  • Deadline-oriented, responsive to changing priorities, and the ability to work with confidential and sensitive information
  • Ability to think conceptually, strategically, and analytically
  • High level of motivation, initiative, and enthusiasm for working in a dynamic non-profit organization that is growing and evolving at a rapid pace
  • Commitment to professional development and growth within the field
  • B.A./B.S. preferred


In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Facing History provides an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life & long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) program with a discretionary organizational contribution, generous paid time off, an employee assistance plan & a travel assistance plan, pre-tax Transit-pass program, flexible spending health care and dependent care accounts, 4 voluntary Aflac plans, limited free parking, and a friendly work environment.

Facing History proudly values diversity and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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