Prospect Research Associate

Job Type

Full Time




United States


About the Obama Foundation

Founded in January 2014, the Obama Foundation is a living, working center for citizenship in the 21st century aimed at identifying, training, and connecting the next generation of leaders and engaged citizens. The Foundation is developing the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side of Chicago to serve as headquarters for the projects it will undertake across the city, the nation, and around the world.

As President Obama said in his farewell address, "I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.” That concept is one the Obamas championed from the beginning, and it is now a cornerstone of the Obama Foundation’s efforts to support and develop the next generation of active citizens and emerging young leaders at home and around the world.

Real change—big change—takes many years, and requires each generation to believe that its participation matters and embrace the obligations and opportunities that come with the most important office in a democracy: that of Citizen. Together, we have made extraordinary progress. Because there is more to do, this work lives on in the Obama Foundation.

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About the Role

As a member of the Development team, the Prospect Research Associate will conduct donor research, assist with the development of profiles of new prospects, provide meeting and research support for frontline fundraisers and surrogates, and participate in ongoing portfolio analysis to ensure that prospects are being qualified, cultivated, solicited, and stewarded in line with the strategic goals of the Development team and Foundation. The Prospect Research Associate will report to the Director, Development Operations and Policy.


The Prospect Research Associate will be responsible for achieving the following outcomes within the first year:

  • Frontline fundraisers in assigned region(s) will have a donor pipeline populated with newly identified prospects
  • Frontline fundraisers in assigned region(s) will have strategies in place for key prospects to help meet their current metrics
  • On a quarterly basis, prospect pipelines will be reviewed and revised to meet strategic goals
  • In anticipation of meetings, frontline fundraisers, surrogates, and principals will have prospect profiles with detailed research, analysis, and strategies
  • The donor database (Salesforce) will be a resource for frontline fundraisers and surrogates as they prepare for meetings and events


The ultimate aim of the Prospect Research Associate is to achieve the outcomes listed above. In order to achieve those outcomes, we imagine that the Prospect Research Associate will spend their time in the following ways:

Prospect Research

  • Identifying new prospects and create donor pipeline for assigned region(s) based on capacity ratings and research
  • Providing detailed prospect profiles with analysis of research and suggestions for further engagement, cultivation, and research
  • Providing ongoing development and maintenance of donor database to ensure accurate and timely input of research data and other materials related to prospect portfolios

Prospect Management and Strategy

  • Assisting in management of existing portfolio for assigned region(s)
  • Establishing a system and process for tracking new prospects through the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship cycle for assigned region
  • Assisting frontline fundraisers and surrogates in the development of comprehensive prospect strategies


  • Possesses a deep understanding of sophisticated and innovative non-profit research best practices and tools
  • Ability to research donors and analyze results in a manner that shows critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, and resourcefulness
  • Adept at utilizing CRMs to track key information and creating systems and processes that capitalize on quantitative and qualitative data, with experience in Salesforce highly preferred
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to synthesize data for audiences at all levels of the organization
  • Track record of meeting short- and long-term responsibilities while juggling a high volume of work
  • Proven success within a highly flexible and visible, entrepreneurial culture; comfort working under tight timelines in fast paced environment
  • Demonstrated passion for civic engagement, equality, and social progress
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience, with experience in donor research at a non-profit highly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please email us at if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree