Job Posting

California Institute of Technology

Develoment Research Specialists (2 positions)

Salary Range: DOE

Job Summary: These are newly established positions for the office of Development and Institute Relations. The Development Research Specialists will be part of a growing research team of professionals. These are full-time, professional staff positions reporting to the Manager of Development Research. The incumbents are responsible for assisting the Manager in implementing a comprehensive program of research on individuals, corporations and foundations that are prospects for significant financial support, or can in other ways help to advance the Institute (e.g., through influence or volunteer activity). The incumbents are responsible for conducting much of the actual research for which the office is accountable. These positions are reactive and responsive to requests from the development and alumni staffs as well as the office of the president; they are also proactive in expanding the pool of potential prospects and bringing to the attention of the development staff those who offer the greatest promise of return. All research conducted by these positions must meet the highest standards of confidentiality, quality, accuracy, and timeliness. The Development Research

Specialists must have:

  • excellent organizational skills with effective writing capabilities,
  • the abiliity to work independently and, be persistent and imaginative in devising new ways to secure information of critical importance to the effective solicitation of significant constituents of the Institute.

There are currently two openings.

Job Duties:

  • Conduct text and electronic database research on individuals, corporations, and foundations that are prospects for significant financial support, influence, or volunteer leadership.
  • Write narrative briefing reports on important prospective donors for the president, senior administrators, or members of the Board of Trustees.
  • Maintain electronic database records on prospects of interest to the Institute; prepare reports from database.
  • Identify prospective new major donor prospects, and recommend strategies to appropriate members of the development staff.
  • Respond to requests for research from the development offices (annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations), alumni office, or the office of the president, as well as requests conveyed from the Nominating Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Remain informed of all major solicitation activities by participating in bi-weekly major gift staff meetings; serve as a resource person in such meetings to facilitate the development and successful execution of effective cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Conduct on-line database searching, employing in-house databases or more specialized databases available through the library.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in humanities, business administration or the social sciences.
  • Be familiar with a broad range of research techniques, including traditional text and periodical based research, searching of computerized databases, and the use of such other sources as court records, real estate records, the Internet, and census data.
  • Posses strong problem solving abilities and be able to exercise independent initiative as appropriate. Attention to detail is critical.
  • Be computer literate with experience in word-processing, spreadsheet and relational database software as well as familiarity with the internet.
  • Possess excellent written communication skills, including strong editing, spelling and grammar skills.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with co-workers and constituents.
  • Be tactful, discrete and diplomatic and be able to deal sensitively with confidential information.
  • Have a sense of curiosity and be enthusiastic about learning.


  • Familiarity with Sage Software's Millennium database.
  • At least two years of experience in development research or library research.

Maureen Heintz
Development and Institute Relations
Pasadena, California 91125
[email protected]

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