Mount Holyoke College — Senior Researcher

Mount Holyoke College (MHC), a leading gender-diverse women’s college, is committed to educating at the highest level of academic excellence, to cultivating a truly multicultural community, and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke College is a member of the Five College Consortium, along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The College is seeking a Senior Researcher to join the College Relations team. Reporting to the Director of Prospect Research and Management, the Senior Researcher will provide the groundwork for the College Relations team’s activities by supporting a prospect management system as well as identifying, researching, and analyzing potential individual sources of financial support. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience and a proven ability to work strategically and effectively in a higher educational environment.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Conduct proactive and reactive prospect research, to evaluate the financial capabilities of new prospects and existing donors and to analyze prospect and donor gift potential, readiness to give, special interests, and connections to MHC. Recommend strategies for engaging and inspiring prospective donors.
  • Provide analysis, including data visualizations, of constituent data and portfolios to support prospect identification, prospect management projects, and portfolio review.
  • Maintain liaison relationships with a team of assigned frontline fundraisers to meet their prospect management needs, through regular portfolio review meetings and ad hoc research.
  • Write briefings and profiles on qualified prospects in support of Presidential, VP, and other fundraiser-led meetings and events.
  • Collaborate with the Director to evaluate available research tools and vendors.
  • Assist the Director as needed. Examples include addressing urgent requests to ensure timely response and participating in projects such as campaign planning and documentation of departmental policy and procedure.


  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience.
  • Proven skills in proactive and reactive research and prospect management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with a particular focus on presenting research analysis to non-researchers.
  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate with a range of professionals including frontline fundraisers, development leadership, and data services colleagues.
  • Experience working with a relational database as well as Microsoft Office products, including Word and Excel.
  • Ability to establish priorities with high degree of independence.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple time-sensitive projects under pressure.

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