Research Analyst

The Research Analyst provides research support for the Institute's consulting practice that operates throughout the United States and abroad.  

This position supports broader consulting strategies with a concentration on fundraising. This work includes, but is not limited to, analyses of funding environments and research on institutional and individual funding sources. This work encompasses feasibility studies, capital campaigns, donor research, the development of persuasive text and proposal writing, and long-range planning, amongst other areas.

At any given time, this position provides research and administrative support for a portfolio of 10+ strategy consultancies, supporting the Institute’s principals and team of senior consultants. 

This individual is responsible for the following, primary roles:

  • In addition to the development focus described above, provides research and strategy development support across active consultancies, including mission analysis, environmental research and analysis, internal analysis and organizational audit, survey development and administration, internal and external stakeholder interviews.
  • Leads research and data analysis, as needed, for Institute special projects
  • Executes technical support for meetings, teleconferences, and webinars
  • Collects, organizes, and maintains client information and materials, research, and other intellectual property required for and developed within in the context of consultancies on the Institute’s network drive and online platforms. (OneNote, SharePoint, Outlook)
  • Manages intern research support, as applicable
    • Provides ad hoc research, as requested

Required aptitudes include:

  • Search engines and nonprofit research tools acumen
  • Donor research experience preferred
  • Financial and budgeting acumen
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking
  • Impeccable writing (in English)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools, including Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently
  • High level of comfort with ambiguity


  • Strongest candidates will have at least 3 years of experience working in individual fundraising within a development department  
  • Strongest candidates will have at least 5 years of experience in a professional setting
  • Bachelor’s degree required, with interest in arts management preferred
  • Experience working in a cultural institution preferred

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience.  The DeVos Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 17 days paid vacation and 10 sick days per year, health, vision, dental, short-term and long-term disability and life insurance, and a tax deferred 401k with employer match. 

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements to: 

Katy Cupples
Director of Finance and Administration

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 410        Washington, DC 20004        P: 301.314.0963     

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