• Director, Research and Prospect Management

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    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Seminar Network is seeking a Director of Research and Prospect Management to manage a dynamic team and embrace innovative technologies and processes to improve our effectiveness. This team strives to provide outstanding research support to the development teams at The Seminar Network. We are looking for an experienced leader to provide strong management and team coaching while bringing knowledge of systems and tools that will help us become a best-in-class support capability.  


    The Seminar Network builds mission-driven partnerships with individuals, companies, and foundations to drive change in education, communities, business, public policy, and politics that empowers people to improve their lives. We are building a movement of principled business and philanthropic leaders who maximize the value of their contribution of time, talent, and resources to advance a free and open society.We are looking for colleagues committed to advancing our mission with energy, commitment, and passion for what they do. 


    Working at The Seminar Network is different from many other organizations. We have a relentless commitment to a culture based on a business philosophy called Market Based Management® (MBM®). Informed by the principles that allow a free and open society to flourish, MBM® prepares individuals to innovate, improve, and transform while fostering a healthy, growing organization that creates long-term value for its clients and supporters and fulfillment for its employees. Eight Guiding Principles that encourage principled thought and action form the MBM® culture: Integrity, Stewardship & Compliance, Principled Entrepreneurship, Transformation, Knowledge, Humility, Respect, and Self-Actualization.


    • Build a top tier research capability that leverages best in class research tools, methodologies, and processes.
    • Lead and supervise a team of researchers. Supervisory duties include but are not limited to: managing performance, developing talent, and coaching/mentoring staff.
    • Identify and implement process or technology improvements to increase service quality.
    • Lead development and documentation of new or existing research processes.
    • Oversee production of briefing materials, background notes, and biographies of current and prospective donors.
    • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with all departments within the organization.



    • 5+ years of experience in prospect or donor research
    • 3+ years of supervisory experience including coaching, professional development, and performance management responsibilities
    • Proficiency with CRM systems (Hubspot, Raiser’s Edge, Oracle, or other related tool)
    • Salesforce.com experience a plus
    • Experience implementing new processes, new software, and new technologies
    • Proven track record of handling multiple lines of responsibility across varying projects
    • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal
    • Ability to take initiative, work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment while integrating a high degree of attention to detail and organization
    • Exhibits a dedication to organization’s vision






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