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Prospect Research Officer

University of Bath - Advancement Office

Location: Bristol
Salary: £29,605 to £36,024 Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 26th February 2024
Closes: 14th March 2024
Job Ref: KW11450

About the role

We are looking for a motivated individual to join the Advancement Office at the University of Bath. 

The Prospect Research Officer will identify, research and qualify potential donors and supporters including individuals, companies and trusts and foundations for the University of Bath, helping grow philanthropic income to support the University’s ambitions. This role might be known as a Prospect Development Officer, Prospect Researcher, Fundraising Intelligence Officer, Research Analyst or Business Intelligence Officer in other organisations and sectors.

Your focus as the Prospect Research Officer will be to identify and research potential donors and supporters who can help the University meet its strategic objectives. 

You will work both independently and collaboratively, ensuring effective flow of communication to and from fundraisers to maximise opportunities with prospects.

With excellent organisational skills, you will demonstrate a good use of initiative and have the ability to multi-task and prioritise multiple demands on your time. You will be passionate about research and have the ability to distil large amounts of information into succinct briefings for varied stakeholders. Attention to detail and excellent research skills are essential.

The Advancement Office

It is an exciting time to join the Advancement Office at the University of Bath. Recent investment in the department has helped build excellent foundations - and a supportive, friendly and collaborative team - to begin an ambitious new chapter in the University’s philanthropic journey.

The University of Bath is an internationally recognised and award-winning institution with over 17,000 students from 130 countries. The University offers its students a well-rounded education: high-quality teaching from research-led academics; award-winning sports facilities; placements as an integral part of every undergraduate course; and a substantial and growing range of options for postgraduate study — the result is a very engaged student body with strong values and excellent levels of student satisfaction. The excellent education and student support has also resulted in an engaged and supportive alumni community, who are playing a vital role in helping develop Advancement Office plans for Philanthropy.

This role is offered on a full-time (36.5 hours per week) permanent basis, with hybrid working available. For an informal discussion about the role, contact Fungai Muteke, Prospect Research Manager, on fm884@bath.ac.uk. All applications should be submitted through the university website.

About you

To succeed in the role of Prospect Research Officer, you need:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to condense a range of resources into succinct written briefings
  • Great analytical and research skills and the ability to think laterally
  • To be self-motivated and proactive, independently identifying opportunities to drive prospect identification for the department
  • A strong understanding of data protection principles and their application in an enquiry-driven research context
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