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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that are directly related to this position.

During this pandemic, all interviews are being conducted virtually and a number of positions within Michigan Medicine Office of Development are currently working remotely.

Job Summary


Michigan Medicine is a groundbreaking organization for many reasons, and much of the work that we do is made possible because of philanthropy. Annually, the MM Office of Development raises an average of $190 million which helps us to be a change agent of the world. The Office of Development supports a culture of flexibility and a hybrid work arrangement is possible for this position.

The Prospect Development team is responsible for developing and maintaining a continuous pipeline of prospective donors to support a broad range of fundraising activities at Michigan Medicine. As a part of the Prospect Development team, the Development Research Analyst partners with a portfolio of assigned Michigan Medicine Office of Development gift teams to identify and meet prospect information needs.  The analyst gathers and summarizes information to support cultivation and solicitation of top prospects, including bringing new individuals to the appropriate attention.  The analyst independently manages their own workload and reports to the Assistant Director of Prospect Development Research.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


Needs Assessment, Outreach, and Collaboration (40%)

  • Assume primary responsibility for assessing and meeting the prospect identification and information needs of a specifically assigned portfolio of Michigan Medicine Office of Development gift teams through regular communications regarding current fundraising initiatives. Support prospect strategizing as needed.  

  • Consult with development officers to determine feasibility of research requests and special projects.  Negotiate project scopes and deadlines directly with liaised development officers.  

  • Establish monitoring and seek feedback to ensure development officers receive appropriate support. 

  • Provide consultancy to update development officers on the strategic use of prospect development data and services

  • Ability to work well under pressure and maintain flexibility

Prospect Identification and Research (40%)

  • Conduct reactive and proactive research according to best practices and ethical standards of Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA).  

  • Estimate donor gift capacity through the analysis of complex individual, corporate, and foundation financial and philanthropic information.  Summarize information relevant to the timing of a gift.  

  • Participate in projects to proactively identify, qualify, and quantify segments of the Michigan Medicine prospect pool through the use of screening, data mining, and modeling of existing donors.

  • Write confidential research documents on individual, corporate, and foundation prospects for Michigan Medicine development staff members and senior executive officers. 

  • Manage special projects as assigned by the Assistant Director and Director of Prospect Development.  

  • Scanning and synthesizing relevant information into well-written documents timely and adequately. 

  • An aptitude for critical thinking and problem-solving.

  • Commitment to professional ethics and confidentiality.  

Professional and Team Development (20%)

  • Independently plan, organize, coordinate, and handle multiple tasks and responsibilities, prioritizing and organizing work to accomplish departmental goals.  

  • Meet and maintain the standards set forth in the APRA Body of Knowledge Prospect Research Fundamentals. Participate at an appropriate level with professional associations such as APRA and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). 

  • Serve as an internal consultant on research and analysis related to one’s area(s) of expertise and lead periodic peer education sessions. 

  • Work in a collaborative team environment, sharing knowledge and newly-identified sources with the Prospect Research team and the Office of University of Development Prospect Development and Analytics team.

  • Safeguard the confidentiality of donor information at all times. Maintain appropriate recording and use of information in the University’s constituent database.  Adhere to ethical and confidentiality guidelines of both Michigan Medicine and APRA.  

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to interact with executive level clients is essential. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • At least three years of research experience

  • Demonstrated strong written communication skills

  • Strong computing and online research skills: proficiency with relational database software and online databases. Proven ability to learn to navigate unfamiliar systems and computer applications

  • Candidate will be required to have reliable internet service

Desired Qualifications*

  • An advanced degree

  • At least three years of work experience in fundraising research or a related field

  • Familiarity with the University organization, policies, and procedures

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.