Menil Collection, detail. Photo: George Hixson, Houston
The Menil Collection
The Advancement Department of the Menil Collection seeks a prospect researcher to provide proactive research that identifies and profiles individuals, corporations, and foundations capable of making leadership gifts to the museum.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: prepare comprehensive background summaries to identify capability and interest, and estimation of financial capacity in order to guide the cultivation and gift request strategies utilized by advancement staff; research and qualify prospects from online database, internet sources, and printed materials; analyze current donor base for major gift prospects; and, conduct biographical and financial research on individuals, companies, and foundations utilizing in-house files and a variety of on-line, electronic and printed sources. The prospect researcher will evaluate, organize, verify, and extrapolate data into comprehensive reports on major gift, campaign, and annual donor prospects; work with the manager of development services to update and maintain pertinent information in Raiser’s Edge database; and conduct the functions of the position while adhering to recognized fundraising and research ethics policies and standards as set forth by the Association of Professional Researchers of Advancement (APRA).
Considered one of the most important privately assembled collections of the twentieth century, the Menil Collection houses approximately seventeen thousand paintings, sculptures, and prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. Masterpieces from antiquity, Byzantium and the medieval period, the cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the American Pacific Northwest and the twentieth century, including significant surrealist holdings, are particularly well represented.
Required qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a related field with three years of prospect research experience. Extensive computer skills including knowledge of the Raiser’s Edge software, Microsoft Office Suite, search engines and other online databases. Understanding of the function of prospect research in fundraising activities, of prospect/library methodology, and of the use and availability of a variety of hard-copy and computerized sources; skilled in reading and interpreting financial, technical, and trade documents and journals, including annual reports, real property files, and court records. Must be detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work independently with the ability to work under pressure to coordinate multiple requests and meet competing deadlines.
Salary and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience. Please send resume, and cover letter to: Director of Human Resources, The Menil Collection, 1511 Branard Street, Houston, Texas 77006. Application materials may also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.