Detroit Symphony Orchestra looking for full time Campaign Research Specialist

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Campaign Research Specialist



Company Name 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Job Type

Full Time

Job Descrption

We seek an energetic, driven and creative advancement colleague to conduct prospect research; develop targeted cultivation and stewardship plans for a range of prospects; establish solicitation strategies; manage prospect lists and moves management processes; and provide support to staff and volunteer leadership forcampaign solicitations.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Prospect Research

  • Conducts in-depth research to develop background information on prospects, including information on wealth, associations, and buisnesses
  • Utilizes on-line database, the internet, references materials and directionaries to gather and analyze information and qualify prospects for specific projects/campaigns
  • Prepares written summaries, profiles and reports
  • Evaluates protential purchase of prospect rating/research services and applies them to donor and prospect databse
  • Responds to specific research requests
  • Adheres to ethical and confidentiality guidelines of both the DSO and Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA)

Prospect Management

  • Maintains prospect tracking and management system an participates in prospect review sessions to help develop cultivation and solicitations strategies
  • Preparse lists of prospects as needed for cultivation events and other purposes
  • Assists in scheduling various meetings with volunteers and prospective donors
  • Generates donor communication
  • Participates in fundraising planning to ensure the integration of the research program with campaign fundraising efforts
  • Creates queries, spreadsheets and ad-hoc reports as needed
  • Assists in preparing solicitation materials including informaitonal packets, proposals and supports documents
  • Creates and maintains comprehensive tracking and invoicing schedule for capital campaign commitments, reconciling income with Finance Department monthly
  • Ensures proper fulfillment of benefits for campaign donors

Organizational Support

  • Represents the DSO on external and internal matters and to external constituencies
  • Maintain excellent relationships with musicians, senior staff and board members
  • Participates and attends as supportive fundraiser at major events
  • Works as needed to provide support on special projects


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 3-5 years of work experience in a fast-paced office environment demonstrating superb organization, writing, communication and interpersonal skills; academic or philanthropic research experience
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve, analyze, and communicate synthesized and segmented volumes of financial and biographical information into concise research profiles and reports
  • Experience working with a donor database  like Tessitura or Raiser's Edge, a plus

Reporting Responsibility

Campaign Director



Personal Attributes and Competencies

  • Attention to detail
  • Dynamic self-starter who can think strategically and provide solutions
  • Strong analytical skills, action-oriented, desicive, accurate and timely
  • Sensitive to the needs of individuals and able to maneuver within multiple departments
  • Ability to wirk well under pressure; persistence, perseverance, tenacity, integrity and patience
  • Strategist that is motivated by deadlines and measurable outcomes

How to apply

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