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Director of Prospect Research

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Job Summary:
The Director of Prospect Research is a new position created to strengthen Central Park Conservancy’s fundraising “pipeline” for both annual and capital support. The Director of Prospect Research will manage day-to-day operations of CPC’s organization-wide prospecting and research efforts. The Director will coordinate and execute the organization’s efforts to identify, prioritize, research, and assign the best prospects for leadership gifts ($25,000+) to the Central Park Conservancy.

Job Description:

Reports to:  Vice President for Development

Department:  Development

Status:  Exempt/Full-time

Position #:   6025

About the Park

Built between the years 1858 and 1873, Central Park is almost entirely man-made and considered to be a single work of art. Composed of natural elements – turf, woodlands, and water bodies, along with architectural elements, this 843-acre National Historic Landmark receives 42 million visits from over 9 million unique visitors each year. Founded in 1980, the mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public

Summary of Essential Job Functions:

  • Work with the VP of Development to develop and implement organization-wide program for prospect management, including prospect identification, prioritization, and portfolio assignment.
  • Work closely with the Director of Individual Giving, Director of Corporate Giving, Director of Institutional & Planned Giving, and the Women’s Committee team to identify, prioritize, and consider engagement steps appropriate for top prospects, in order to achieve the organization’s fundraising goals.
  • Identify new prospects for annual, campaign and special project support, as well as leadership for fundraising events on an ongoing basis.
  • Perform research on prospective Board members.
  • Collaborate with Development Directors to advise on defining donor portfolios and creating effective research-based strategies for leadership-level and planned giving prospects.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of annual, capital and other campaigns.
  • Develop a rating system for prospects in database and create protocol for data entry.
  • Develop protocols for organization-wide prospect research including tracking requests from staff and following up on deadlines to ensure timely completion.
  • Prepare guest-list briefing memos for Central Park Conservancy events as needed.
  • Undertake other tasks/projects as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Five or more years-experience in prospect research, or research-based donor strategy development.
  • In-depth knowledge of multiple accepted research sources, Internet search skills, relevant media outlets and resources, philanthropic trends and the non-profit field in general.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or other prospect databases.
  • Established track record of success in identifying prospects and recommending research-based donor engagement strategies.
  • Commitment to basic prospect research ethics and ability to maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, proficiency in MS Office suite.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Goal oriented, strong follow-through, independent, focused self-starter.
  • Passion for Central Park; Interest in cultural history.


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CPC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.

Safety Requirements
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed