Manager of Prospect Research


The Morgan Library & Museum invites applications for the position of Manager of Prospect Research. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement is a key member of the Development team, responsible for conducting research on current and prospective individual, foundation, and corporate donors in support of the Morgan’s fundraising efforts. This includes the proactive identification of major donor prospects; generating reports in preparation for meetings, solicitations, and events; developing prospect research strategies; and responding to research requests from the Director and other key staff for donor stewardship and engagement. The Manager is also responsible for setting best practices in data management and assisting members of the team in utilizing the donor database, including gift processing, updating contact information and notes, tracking of in-kind gifts and other key donor information.

  • Identify and qualify potential major donors and determine high-level relationships, interests and gift capacity
  • Create and update thorough profiles, bios, and other documents
  • Work collaboratively with team members to develop prospect research strategies and ensure strategic use of research
  • Generate reports through donor database, data mining and analytics to identify prospects
  • Establish best practices for donor database and serve as point of contact for database and related training
  • Monitor local and national publications for relevant news and information and communicate findings
  • Prepare bios in advance of important events and committee meetings
  • Provide information on prospects and donors to Director’s Office and other senior staff
  • Maintain awareness of new resources and best practices in development research
  • Manage special projects as designated by the Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Background or strong interest in art history is a plus.
  • At least 4 years of nonprofit prospect research experience in nonprofit organizations.
  • Successful track record of research and writing in a nonprofit setting
  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to adhere to a high degree of discretion with handling sensitive and confidential constituent information
  • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Gsuite programs and a database system; proficiency in Raiser’s Edge is a plus
  • Experience in the use of iWave, Foundation Directory Online, and similar online research tools is preferred
  • Expertise in conducting prospect research using search engines and databases; ability to interpret and translate complex financial and other data into clear terms
  • Familiarity with the arts and philanthropy in the New York City area preferred

$62,000–$75,000, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits plan.

To apply: 

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to:

Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position using the e-mail address indicated above.

The Morgan Library & Museum receives many applications and inquiries for employment. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to all of them. Due to the high volume of applicants, we can contact only those candidates whose skills and background best fit our needs.

Important to note:

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To ensure the overall health and safety of the Morgan Library & Museum campus, all staff of the Morgan are required to be fully vaccinated and have received booster vaccines against the virus that causes COVID-19, absent qualifying exemptions for medical, religious, or other reasons in accordance with applicable laws.

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