Development Research Associate

  • Full-time
  • Department: Development-Bloomington

Company Description

Are you a high-performer who wants to contribute to a mission-driven and values-based organization? If you are motivated by doing impactful work and making a difference in people’s lives, then the Indiana University Foundation (IUF) is the place for you. At the IUF, we believe in making the dream of higher education attainable, providing support for life-changing research, and preparing the next generation of leaders.

As a trailblazer among our peers, we provide fundraising leadership and endowment stewardship to support needs and initiatives across all of Indiana University’s campuses. As part of our team, you will help make IU donor’s dreams last forever.

At the IUF we work hard, celebrate achievements, and foster an environment where everyone’s contributions matter. We are nimble and innovative, and we want you to bring your ideas and energy to join forces with some of the best talent in our industry.

In addition to being part of a meaningful mission as an IUF employee, you’ll find there are many ways to connect and collaborate. Our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives ensure that our colleagues are celebrated for who they are and have a voice. Our FUNdation (see what we did there?) Committee helps us connect and unwind with food truck lunches, holiday gatherings, costume contests, free snacks, IU spirit-wear Fridays, and spontaneous gestures that surprise and delight. Our Wellness Committee ensures that the health and well-being of our employees is top of mind, offering yoga, a lunchtime walking group, meditation breaks, the Headspace app, and topical workshops. We encourage community leadership and service and make space for our staff to pursue their passions. Our total rewards philosophy ensures that we support employees financially, emotionally, and in their career growth.   

If the IUF sounds like a fit for you, we invite you to join us today.

Job Description

The Indiana University Foundation invites philanthropic-minded, research-focused applicants for the Development Research Associate position.   

Development Research Associates will partner with development units and officers throughout the Indiana University system by identifying and tracking the accomplishments and life events of alumni and donors, as well as their interest and ability to provide support to Indiana University.

The successful Development Research Associate will enjoy a primarily research and data-driven role but will also be a strong collaborator, with the ability to work with development officers and prospect management to fulfill development goals through meetings, database updates, and email as needed. Once assigned to a unit, the role will need strong communication skills to elaborate on the needs of the department, and the organization.

Additionally, the Development Research Associate will have access to several prospecting databases and must be comfortable gathering sensitive donor prospect information.

This is an exciting time to join the Prospect Management and Research team at the IU Foundation. If you’re excited and curious about the world of fundraising research, we welcome your application.

Candidates must reside in, or be willing to relocate to, Indiana. This role is primarily remote but can be on-site or hybrid if preferred. (quarterly in-person team meetings required).



  • Bachelor’s degree in library science or a related field
  • 4 years of professional work experience
  • Familiarity with research databases
  • Combinations of relevant work experience and education will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity and experience with donor databases and best practices
  • CRM experience, particularly within Blackbaud or similar software
  • Familiarity with SaaS platforms  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience and references demonstrating accuracy and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of general fundraising best practices
  • Interpersonal skills and judgment suitable for exercising appropriate discretion and demeanor when dealing with colleagues, faculty, board members, and members of the public
  • Demonstrated commitment to confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information
  • Interest in a heads-down, research-heavy position
  • Strong organizational skills required
  • Knowledge of Indiana University and IU Foundation history
  • Professional writing skills
  • Advanced computer, software, Internet, and database knowledge

Additional Information

Applications will be accepted up until the close date of 4/09/2023. A cover letter highlighting your interest in the organization, and your skills and experiences related to the position is recommended for your application to be considered. Screening could begin as soon as March 20th for qualified applicants.

The IUF is committed to providing a safe, respectful, and professional work environment that is free of Discrimination and Harassment. The IUF will not tolerate any form of Discrimination or Harassment based on the Individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, ancestry, marital status, protected veteran status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by law.