Position Title: Development Research Analyst

Position Classification: Full-Time Benefited – Non-exempt

Reporting Unit: Tower Foundation University Advancement – Development Unit          

Reports To: Associate Director of Development Research

Become part of a bold and dynamic team! San Jose State University is seeking an energetic, highly motivated development professional with a proven track record for a Development Research Analyst position in the Division of University Advancement.

University Advancement boasts dedicated, accomplished personnel, working together in a cohesive and collegial fast-paced environment. We are looking for an innovative professional to add to our team to support philanthropic activity and help prepare us for our next comprehensive campaign.

San Jose State University is located in the heart of the dynamic Silicon Valley at the beautiful and sunny southern end of the San Francisco Bay.

About the Position

The Development Unit within University Advancement is responsible for all activities related to the generation and stewardship of philanthropic support for San Jose State University. These activities include major gifts, annual giving and special gifts, charitable gift planning, corporate and foundation giving, as well as individual giving initiatives undertaken through the university’s seven colleges, the library, and the division of student affairs and athletics.

Reporting to and under the general direction of the Associate Director of Development Research, the Development Research Analyst independently and proactively identifies/qualifies prospective individual, corporate and foundation major donors consistent with the university’s priorities and objectives and ensures the existence of a continuous supply of major donor prospects to support and meet ongoing fundraising goals. This position requires superior analytical skills as well as proactive persistence to follow spontaneous leads; strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to prioritize work and manage multiple deadlines and priorities.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Plan and execute strategies to identify sources of major gifts ($50,000+)
  • Recommend strategies for cultivation and solicitation in consultation with Associate Director of Development Research and Development Officers
  • Analyze and assess information from numerous sources and present results in a clear, concise manner.
  • Evaluate research results to develop and implement further research strategies
  • Write documents (profiles, briefs, memos) using styles, grammar and content appropriate to the specific audience.
  • Participate in and contribute to the formation of policies related to the processes and procedures of prospect management and related infrastructure support activities.


A bachelor’s degree in a related field, an advanced degree is a plus. Additionally, we require three years of experience in prospect research, development, library research or related field, preferably in an academic or non-profit environment. Experience or familiarity with Advance is desired.

The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a detail oriented environment
  • Aptitude for logical thinking
  • Highly developed sense of curiosity, perseverance and attention to details
  • Commitment to the professional ethnic statements by APRA and CASE
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion
  • Familiarity with datamining concepts and techniques
  • Advanced computer knowledge especially Word and Excel
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Knowledge of online prospect research tools


Hiring Salary Range: $ 61,000 – 64,000 per annum

The Tower Foundation offers an excellent benefits package including health, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, short and long term disability programs, 403B, and vacation and sick leave policies.

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to

Tower Foundation is not a visa sponsoring organization.

Tower Foundation employment is separate and distinct from San Jose State University or State of California employment. Tower Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, or covered veteran’s status, consistent with all applicable federal and state laws. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.