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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N7047 / Dev Research Mgr
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Manages the proactive identification of prospective donors and oversees allocation of resources needed to identify, research and track prospective donors in support of University fund raising efforts. Plays a key role in determining the strategic direction of development research activities. Supervises the day-to-day financial, personnel, and operational functions of the prospect research area.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Proactively identifies and qualifies prospective donors; oversees the allocation of resources needed to identify, research and track prospective donors.
  2. Develops short- and long-term development prospect information and reports including strategic planning, statistical analyses, and executive reports.
  3. Researches, analyzes, compiles and organizes development/prospect data; prepares reports as needed, including individual financial and biographical profiles, business profiles, and project reports.
  4. Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  5. Develops and designs methods and procedures for collecting, organizing, interpreting, and classifying information for input and retrieval.
  6. Performs needs assessment activities and works with research and department personnel to determine feasibility of development of new databases and/or enhancements or modifications to existing databases; develops specifications for data capture and input; monitors input to ensure consistency, quality, and integrity of data.
  7. Assists development staff with the interpretation of information and establishment of solicitation strategies.
  8. Develops annual operating budget and provides fiscal direction to the unit.
  9. Serves on departmental and university-wide committees regarding prospect management and solicitation policies as well as committees involved in database conversion and technical support.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in an Information Sciences or related field; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Skill in the strategic use of a wide range of advanced online search systems.
  • Ability to identify and perform research on individuals, corporations and foundations to determine their capacity and interest in donating to the University.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff.
  • Ability to design and implement systems necessary to collect, maintain, and analyze data.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of database construction, management, and retrieval methods.
  • Ability to analyze operational data requirements and to create and develop databases specific to requirements.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Ability to provide technical instruction in area of specialty.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of prospect research techniques.
  • Knowledge of institutional funding principles, methods, procedures, and resources.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017