Program Specialist 2-Research Analyst

Western Washington University   Bellingham, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 3, 2022
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Program Specialist 2-Research Analyst

Position Title

Program Specialist 2-Research Analyst

About the University

Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department

University Advancement supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. University Advancement works internally and with numerous colleagues across campus on diversity initiatives, and is actively engaged in moving forward the University’s mission through supporting core themes, specifically advancing inclusive success. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

The Division of University Advancement is comprised of 44 staff members who support the engagement and philanthropy work. The three leadership units are: advancement services including financial and database work; major giving including donor relations and research; and alumni and constituent relations, advancement communications and marketing, and annual giving. Advancement transitioned to the Ellucian CRM in 2020. Main offices are on campus with satellite offices in downtown Bellingham and Seattle.

The WWU Foundation manages assets of over $115 million. Current extended campaigns include a one-year $20 Million capital campaign as part of a state-funded electrical engineering and computer science building and a multi-year Campaign for Student Success, which focuses on recruitment and retention scholarships plus program excellence.

The WWU Alumni Association i informs, connects, and engages the 125,000 alumni with each other and with Western. More than half of Western alumni live in Washington with significant pockets along the West Coast and in major cities across the U.S. Signature programs include Distinguished Alumni Awards, Paint B’ham Blue, an annual welcome back to students event, and WeConnect, an online mentoring program connecting alumni with each other and with students.

Leadership volunteers serve on the boards for the Foundation and Alumni Association to set strategic direction and policy, raise friends and funds, and steward the community of donors and potential donors.

About the Position

As the Program Specialist 2-Research Analyst, you are an integral member of the University Advancement Development team. Under the direction of the Director of Prospect Research, you will be responsible for identifying, researching, and analyzing prospects for major gift cultivation and solicitation by providing research, analyses, and robust prospect profiles in support of reaching WWU’s fundraising goals. You are critical to Advancement’s efforts to ensure WWU is building a sustainable and broad-based principal and major gifts pipeline. This includes proactively identifying prospects, developing relationship-based prospect research, strategic planning and reporting. This specialized research and analysis is provided in clear and concise reporting to the Advancement team for their efforts in prospect cultivation and solicitation.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of one year employment in the non-profit or higher education sector, or equivalent field. Prospect research experience is preferred; however, demonstrated proficiency in a related field such as history, library science, legal research or genealogy may also be considered. Or equivalent education/experience as determined by the Director of Prospect Research.
  • Excellent written/oral/interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize work, and independently manage multiple, diverse and competing priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work with sensitive information.
  • Commitment to promoting equity and diversity and engaging in AEID education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the range of resources available to prospect researchers and the ability to apply those resources in an organized and purposeful manner, including but not limited to financial information, SEC documents and stock holdings, WealthEngine or other data mining products.
  • Experience working with a relational database, using research tools like LexisNexis, iWave Pro, WealthEngine, Noza Search, Blackbaud's Target Analytics-Research Point, and Microsoft Office suite of products, including Excel. Ability to download and export information between systems a plus.
  • Knowledge of ethical practices as stated by APRA (Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement).


Salary Range 47: $44,412 - $58,260 and includes an excellent benefits package.

Bargaining Unit

This position is part of bargaining unit PT and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Public School Employees of WWU.

Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes

Position closes 05/27/2022 at 11:55 pm.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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