Rhode Island School of Design (RISD or the College) seeks a talented and experienced research and analytics professional to lead the prospect development program for RISD’s Institutional Engagement team. The advancement office is setting a high bar under the leadership and vision of O’Neil Outar, VP of Institutional Engagement. If you’re looking to join a cohesive and talented team dedicated to being the best, we are interested in hearing from you. RISD is located in the Creative Capital, Providence RI and is recognized for being an arts and cultural mecca.
Founded in 1877, RISD has earned an international reputation as a leader in art and design education. It is recognized for its renowned faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities, and the intensity of its studio-based approach to learning-an approach where critical thinking informs the making of works by hand. Approximately 2,500 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in 19 fine arts, architecture, or design majors, complemented by essential study in the liberal arts.
The RISD Museum, with the third largest college or university museum collection in the country, is an integral part of the institution and a resource for the College and the larger community. RISD’s mission incorporates artistic and scholarly achievement with social impact, and the institution has played a vital role in preparing students for leadership roles in all sectors, as demonstrated through the outstanding and varied accomplishments of its 27,000 alumni.
The College is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.
The Director of Prospect Management and Analytics will be responsible for the following:
Quality research methodologies that identify and qualify new major and planned gift prospective donors
Proactively engage and collaborate with the senior management team and gift officers to manage portfolios and track progress
Direct and manage a roadmap and workflow for proactive prospect identification system(s) using a variety of techniques including analysis, data analytics, management and data mining
Manage RISD’s Research Analysis staff, and related consultants as well as the workflow of prospect research team
Provide analysis and strategic assessment of prospect and donor trends related to the prospect fundraising cycle and provide strategic analysis regarding the prospects in the portfolio and the best approach for each to move them through the giving cycle
Conduct projects to analyze data, applying descriptive statistics and data visualization to communicate information, predicting future behavior to explain trends for internal and external audiences
Conduct pre-campaign assessments, including analysis of gift potential of prospect pools and strategy and execution for campaign, and measure effectiveness of ongoing- and post-campaign efforts including overall achievement, prospect demographics, prospect pool utilization and evaluation of fundraiser performance
Facilitate the day-to-day functionality of the prospect management and tracking system within Raiser’s Edge to systematically move a large volume of prospects through the development stages in order to maximize fundraising success while ensuring compliance with the Prospect Management Policy as directed by the Vice President
Proactively and collaboratively consult with and train all staff involved in major gift fund-raising to assure the proper use and understanding of prospect management including reviewing performance management reports with fundraising staff
Inform on trends in philanthropy and in charitable giving, research best practices and the fundraising priorities at RISD and develop, maintain and regularly review policies and procedures on research methodologies, the qualification process, and prospect management.