Museum of Science
  • 15-Sep-2017 to 22-Oct-2017 (EST)
  • Operations & Prospect Management - 430
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Regular, Full Time

Prospect Researcher

Museum of Science, Boston

Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.


The Prospect Researcher supports the fundraising efforts of the Museum by addressing the research needs of Advancement staff members and identifying prospective donors, assessing their gift capacity and potential and uncovering facts that show how an optimum gift may best be solicited. The position creates, implements, and maintains the process by which consistent Annual Fund donors in Advancement's existing prospect pool may be moved up the pipeline to facilitate a Major Gift. The Prospect Researcher identifies new donor prospects to build the prospect pool and donor pipeline. This position partners directly with the Senior Program Manager for Research in helping to manage the prospect management process and the fundraising pipelines, enabling the Director of Leadership Gifts to focus time and energy on cultivating new donors, soliciting current donors for leadership-level gifts, and general fundraising for the quiet phase of the next campaign.


  • Preparation of research material on over 450 unique identities.
  • The identification and assignment of 100 prospects to Annual Fund officers.
  • Preparation of event briefings in support of Annual Fund events.
  • Preparation of event briefings in support of Leadership Gifts/Advancement-wide events.
  • Identify and qualify 20-30 new Discoverer-level prospects per month to build the prospect pool and donor pipeline.
  • Yearly identify 12 Annual Fund donors who may transition to Leadership Gifts to build the donor pipeline.


This position is full-time, 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday.


Senior Director of Leadership Gifts.


  • Bachelors of Science or Arts degree.
  • 3 or more years of research and moves management experience within a fundraising atmosphere.
  • Proficiency with internet research.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency with fundraising database reporting functions and Excel and the ability to present data in a clear and effective manner.
  • Ability to collect and analyze large quantities of data to identify facts that are relevant for fundraising purposes and to communicate them in a concise and accurate manner.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience.
  • Ability to handle information confidentially.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of fundraising practices and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and manage own.


Exempt (Salaried). Commensurate with experience.


Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 23 vacation days, 12 holidays, 5-10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

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