Research Consultant at The Ohio State University

Research Consultant at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
August 14, 2019
Location of Position

Columbus, OH

Company Summary

For 144 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born.

The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is the fourth largest public dental school in the United States and it is the only public dental school in Ohio. The college is divided into ten divisions with all major ADA-recognized dental specialties represented. The College has approximately 600 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Ohio State University is proud to be a premier employer that provides an exceptional total rewards package including medical, dental, vision and many other “hidden” benefits. Our competitive benefits package is offered to all eligible faculty and staff in order to attract, develop and retain top performers eager to share their talent, time and success. Our benefits support your health and financial goals and include not only health insurance, but also generous state retirement, tuition assistance for our employees and their dependents, wellness initiatives, and much more. Please visit for detailed information. Be your best at The Ohio State University!

Duties and Responsibilities


The Research consultant collects, maintains, analyzes, and distributes information on individuals and organizations to support development and advancement goals; discovers new prospects for the university and frequently conducts biographical and financial research to profile current or potential donors for meetings, events, and strategy planning for advancement purposes; and focuses on detecting, verifying, and synthesizing information.

The successful candidate will exhibit excellent written and oral communication skills demonstrating the ability to write and describe data clearly and concisely and synthesizing material from multiple sources into a coherent and accurate presentation, a high level of proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Outlook, and Excel) and internet search techniques, a strong client service orientation, critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to maintain confidentiality and use good judgment when working with sensitive information.

All members of Advancement are part of creating an inclusive culture that inspires an exceptionally diverse and talented team and are measured on their adherence to the following core competencies:  leadership, continuous improvement, teamwork and collaboration, and communication/interpersonal effectiveness.



Develop strong partnerships with front-line fund raisers and respond to inquiries to determine prospects' financial assets, potential for philanthropic support, areas of interest and medical center and university affiliations; serve as prospect development contact for one or more fundraising units; Meet with assigned development teams/officers regularly to acquire understanding of the goals and needs of each unit supported and any unique industry related trends of that area Perform extensive searches in on-line subscription databases such as: LexisNexis for Development Professionals, iWave PRO, Wealth Engine, Foundation Directory, DonorScape, etc.


Assess areas of interests, evaluate gift capacity and recognize relationships to identify and distribute potential new prospects to increase donor pool by employing a wide variety of prospecting methods using internal and external resources and including: creating sophisticated constituent database queries; list segmentation; data mining; predictive modeling and reviewing electronic screening results with the ability to download and export information between systems. Analyze, compare and evaluate verified information to determine appropriate use of query results.


Exercise proficiency in understanding wealth indicators with the ability to collect, analyze, interpret and summarize complex financial disclosure documents on individuals, corporations and foundations such as: property records, IRS 990 forms, SEC documents for purposes of wealth assessment. Information regarding IPOS, stock sales and expiration, private company ownership valuation and company mergers and acquisitions may be utilized. Frequent use of generally accepted prospect research methodologies and formulas for estimating gift capacity is necessary.


Performs other duties/projects as assigned.

Position Requirements


Required: Bachelor's degree; three years of experience in a fundraising, nonprofit, or higher education setting, or an advanced degree and two years of equivalent experience; the ability to write and describe information clearly and concisely; familiarity with relational databases (CRM systems or Microsoft Access).

Required Experience


Two years of experience in prospect development or equivalent experience in analytical research or information related field within an academic, nonprofit or corporate environment will be considered. High level of proficiency with relational databases to perform queries and create reports (working knowledge of Blackbaud CRM Query preferred and/or Microsoft Access or similar).

In accordance with the Disaster Preparedness and University State of Emergency Policy 6.17 this position has been designated as a standby position.

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.