Job Posting: Research Analyst (International Rescue Committee)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) announces the opening of a Research Analyst position. This is an exciting opportunity to become a member of a dynamic, three-person research team in the External Relations Department at the IRC’s headquarters in New York City.

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Research Analyst

Sector: External Relations/Communications/


Location: US – NY -New York

Employee Type: Regular

Employee Category: Full Time



The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst
crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in
1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, we offer lifesaving relief and
life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or
disaster. With a budget of almost $400 million, IRC is at work today
in over 40 countries and in 22 US cities.

The IRC’s External Relations Department furthers the IRC’s work around
the world by raising the IRC’s profile and raising close to $62
million in annual support from individuals and institutions from the
private sector. The External relations department’s units include
Leadership Gifts, Strategic Marketing, and Communications & Public
Information,, all supported by Operations & Information, which is
responsible for gift processing; reporting on revenue and donors;
administering and managing the IRC’s constituent databases; conducting
donor and prospect research; and providing strategic reports and

The Research Analyst provides senior staff, board directors, and
External Relations staff with high-quality donor research and
strategic input for board meetings, donor meetings, events, and
strategic planning, and works closely with staff from the Operations
unit, other External Relations Department units, the President’s
Office, and consultants. He/she focuses particular attention on the
identification, research, and tracking of individual, corporate, and
foundation prospects, and directly supports the prospecting efforts of
the Leadership Gifts staff, in particular. The Research Analyst is
responsible for implementing the moves management and prospect
tracking systems in order to monitor activities associated with
ushering prospects and donors along the giving continuum, and ensuring
that related processes and procedures are upheld. The Research Analyst
meets regularly with staff to inform strategy around the cultivation
and solicitation of prospects and donors. Supervision and training of
a research intern may be required.


Identify and qualify prospective corporate and foundation donors
capable of significant financial support;
Mine internal databases, external publications, and leadership
networks  to identify individual prospects for major gift solicitation
Design, institute, and maintain moves management and prospect tracking
systems to record, monitor and measure related fundraising activities;
Work with Operations and Leadership Gifts staff to formulate policies
for prospect assignment, management, and tracking, and facilitate the
process as it evolves;
Take a lead role in organizing and informing prospect identification
and review meetings;
Assist in setting and reaching annual goals for number of prospects
and potential funds raised;
Conceptualize projects that result in new prospects for the organization;
Rate donors and prospects in terms of inclination and capacity, and
consult with fundraising units on cultivation and solicitation
Conduct biographical and financial research on donors utilizing
in-house files and a variety of on-line, electronic, and printed
Write confidential research profiles on both individual and
institutional donors for meetings and strategy planning, and prepare
briefings for development events;
Develop strategic recommendations about prospect and donor
cultivation, solicitations, and long-term relationship management for
front-line fundraising colleagues;
Provide due-diligence background research on individual and
institutional donors;
Establish benchmarking to evaluate effectiveness of research
recommendations and products;
Promote research support services to colleagues through presentations
and reports;
Develop expertise in institutional programs and develop external
resources to monitor and track industry specific changes that are
relevant to IRC’s mission;
Oversee special projects (e.g. electronic screening by vendors, data
mining, etc.) and conduct pro-active research projects with the
guidance of supervisor;
Undertake additional assignments as directed by the supervisor.


Bachelor’s degree – Master’s degree is a plus, but not required;
3-4 years work experience with prospect/donor research in the
non-profit fundraising field;
Knowledge of prospect management and prospect tracking principles and methods;
Demonstrated aptitude for analyzing and interpreting data (including
property records, SEC filings, IRS 990s, etc.), and for synthesizing
complex information from multiple sources;
Demonstrated ability to develop proactive prospecting methodologies to
support organizational goals, including data mining, sophisticated
constituent database queries, etc.;
Keen understanding of the business sector and familiarity with
corporate research and resources;
Proven writing skills – the ability to successfully write and edit
professional fundraising documents;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – the ability to
successfully interact with a variety of people on different levels,
and comfort with speaking and presenting research in a group setting;
Solid organizational skills – the ability to work productively in a
fast-paced environment, and the ability to prioritize a multi-faceted
workload under strict deadlines, sometimes with limited guidance;
Flexibility and patience – the ability to work productively in a team
environment and independently, and the willingness to meet unexpected
demands with a positive attitude;
Attentiveness to detail and accuracy in data entry, reporting, fact
finding, and writing;
Ability to act with sensitivity and discretion while working with
highly confidential information;
Excellent computer skills: internet search engines and advanced search
techniques, fundraising software, data retrieval services (e.g.
LexisNexis, Wealth Engine, Foundation Directory), MS Office (Word,
Outlook and Excel, in particular). Experience working with a
relational database a necessity, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
Membership in APRA is encouraged, as is participation at professional
conferences and seminars.

IRC leading the way from harm to home.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to
race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age,
marital status, veteran status or disability.



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