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Prospect Research Analyst

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy.

As the only Washington, DC-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, BPC works to address the key challenges facing the nation. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both ends of the political spectrum. We are currently focused on health, energy, national and homeland security, the economy, housing, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.

The Prospect Research Analyst is a position within BPC’s Development team that is responsible for identifying and analyzing funding prospects for both the 501(c)(3) Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and its 501(c)(4) advocacy arm, BPC Action. 

The Prospect Research Analyst consults with Development directors to identify and qualify prospects with the propensity and capacity to provide funding in support of BPC’s programs, emerging initiatives, and special projects. This work will expand the BPC pipeline of prospects that will be cultivated for support by the Development team, in coordination with project teams and senior leadership. Toward this goal, the Prospect Research Analyst will monitor giving trends in the philanthropic sector that, a) provide opportunities for securing additional support for BPC’s current programs, and, b) provide opportunities for BPC to take on new work that leverages our expertise (e.g., health team/rural health) while creating new revenue pathways. The Prospect Research Analyst will also regularly monitor the activities of existing donors to ensure that BPC is informing donor strategy where possible, and capitalizing on funding opportunities associated with the donor’s new or expanded program priorities. 


  • Maintains active awareness of philanthropic, news, trends, and events.
  • Using creative research techniques provides high-level research on individuals, corporations, and foundations using a wide variety of biographical, organizational and financial sources, including online databases, Internet websites, library and government sources and other external repositories of public information to identify prospects.
  • Analyzes and synthesizes accumulated information to assess financial capacity, philanthropic tendencies, giving propensity and linkages to BPC.
  • Evaluates research results to develop and implement further research strategies utilizing ethical intelligence-gathering techniques of the information profession.
  • Composes prospect summaries and related documents for the Development teams.
  • Leads regular prospect review meetings with the Development teams, and project teams and senior leadership as appropriate.


The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years’ experience in prospect research for nonprofit organizations or higher education institutions. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required to communicate information needs and financial reporting concepts to others with widely varying understanding of issues.  Problem-solvers with a heightened sense of curiosity and the ability to connect the dots will thrive in this role.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Working knowledge of fundraising and donor relations concepts, principles, procedures and techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience in prospect research, development, library research or information related field preferably in a nonprofit or higher education environment. Knowledge of the range of resources available to prospect researchers and the ability to apply those resources in an organized and purposeful manner.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills to initiate and perform complex analyses and organize information to identify philanthropic patterns, tendencies, and relationships among individuals, corporations and foundations. Ability to analyze and interpret complex financial disclosure documents for the purposes of wealth assessment (SEC filings, real property files, financial and legal disclosures, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and develop proactive prospecting methodologies to support organizational goals, including data mining, sophisticated constituent database queries, etc.
  • Strong computer skills and demonstrated background in Internet-based research. Experience working with a relational database a necessity, as well as the Microsoft Office suite of products, including Excel. Ability to download and export information between systems.
  • Excellent oral and interpersonal skills, 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.
  • Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to recall, recognize and communicate interrelated information pertaining to BPC donors and prospects.
  • General fundraising skills, including proficiency at supporting and participating in prospect management and tracking processes and staying informed of trends in the field.
  • Knowledge of ethics statements by APRA, AFP, and other related associations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work with sensitive information

BPC offers a highly competitive salary and provides generous benefits. Individuals interested in this position should send resume, cover letter and references to Please be sure to include the title of this job, Prospect Research Analyst, in the subject line of your email.