Prospect Researcher | Playbill

Prospect Researcher


The Public Theater
New York, NY

Job Details


The Public Theater is seeking a Prospect Researcher to join the Major Gifts team and support the information needs of the Development Department. Under the supervision of the Director of Major Gifts, the Prospect Researcher will prepare profiles, verify research data, provide proactive research, analyze data on individual constituents of interest to The Public Theater, and collaborate on other special projects as needed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare prospect research profiles for potential and identified major gift and annual gift prospects for The Public Theater, including for special event attendees

  • Conduct high-level research on individuals using a wide variety of biographical, organizational, and financial sources, including state-of-the-art online database services, Internet websites, library and government sources, and other external sources of public information

  • Analyze and synthesize accumulated information to assess financial capacity, philanthropic tendencies, giving propensity and connections to The Public Theater

  • Make recommendations to develop and implement further research strategies to assist with the production of cultivation and solicitation plans

  • Monitor contact and internal giving reports, as well as event attendance lists, for potential new prospects for major and annual fund giving

  • Prepare prospect reports and assist the Development Department in producing giving and major gift tracking reports

  • Maintain prospect research fields of data in the Tessitura database

  • Through professional development, keep up to date with effective prospect research and

    prospect management techniques, as well as trends in the prospect research profession

    and the advancement/fundraising field

  • Maintain policies and procedures supporting best practices, ethical and professional

    research standards, leveraging technology, data integrity, and data security

  • Ability to work in conjunction with The Public’s ongoing Capital Campaign; participate

    in navigating additional responsibilities and efforts in connection with the Campaign

  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree with advanced use of Microsoft Office Suite

  • Three to six years of experience in a nonprofit office setting

  • One to three years of experience in fundraising and prospect research

  • Familiarity with and comfort in the use of the Tessitura database

  • Exceptional attention to proper spelling and grammar

  • Knowledge of donor types and an understanding of fundraising processes/cycles of

    engagement: identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; alternatively, a

    desire to learn this process

  • Willingness to work within a well-established, collaborative team

  • Excellent critical thinking skills

  • Detail oriented; exceptional attention to discretion and the highest standards of


  • Demonstrate an eagerness toward prospect research

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Prospect Researcher”.

COVID-19 and Vaccination Policy

As a condition of employment, The Public will require all who report to work on-site (either at The Public Theater or any other workspace or performing location) to be up-to-date on the COVID-19 vaccine and booster, as eligible based on CDC guidelines.


The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

This is an Exempt position according to the Fair Labor Standards Act, with an annual salary of $65,000.


May 12, 2022





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