One Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135

Date Posted:
July 31, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Research Manager



The WGBH Educational Foundation is a vibrant public media powerhouse that enriches people’s lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain– fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives. The Development Division is responsible for raising funds from individuals and institutions and includes five areas of focus, including: Major Gifts, Annual Giving, Gift Planning & Endowment, Foundation Development, and Board Relations. It plays a vital role in helping to finance broadcast, video, and audio programs, including some of the premier and most celebrated dramas, investigative journalism, innovative documentaries and podcasts, and other local and national programming in the public media system.

This is a momentous, transformative period for WGBH, an organization working toward the completion of a $175 million capital campaign (The Campaign for WGBH – Leadership in the Digital Century), its largest to date, in a profoundly changing public media industry.


As a member of a three-person research team, reporting to the Director of Prospect Management and Research (“Director”), and working closely with other senior staff of the Division, the Research Manager (RM) oversees the research function that anticipates and responds to the needs of the Major Gifts, Annual Giving and Board Relations teams. The research function is designed to help expand WGBH’s base of individual support, as well as the volunteer pipeline of board candidates and nominees for consideration as trustees, advisors or key committee members.

The RM will be a thought partner to the Director and other senior staff, and will help to guide and oversee the workload and output of the Senior Research Associate. The RM will also conduct research independently and will write briefings and other research reports.

The Development Division works closely with WGBH executives, board members, program producers and other high-level volunteers. This is an excellent opportunity to gain strong campaign experience and to build research and prospect management skills while working in a positive, creative, professional, and collegial atmosphere.


  • -Oversee a robust research function, including managing the pipeline of prospect research, guiding / reviewing the work of the Senior Research Associate, and setting overall research strategies and priorities. Act as a thought partner to Director of Prospect Management and Research.
  • -Conduct research independently using print and electronic resources to identify, qualify, rate and track prospective individual donors.
  • -Write accurate, relevant and timely prospect profiles, solicitation briefings, and event briefings, consisting of biographical, financial, and wealth capacity information, as well as indicators of possible philanthropic interests.


  • - 5+ years of development research experience required; and management track record a plus.
  • -Very strong analytical skills and demonstrated electronic and library research experience including solid internet search skills, and knowledge of Lexis-Nexis, Wealth Engine, and/or other online research databases.
  • -Familiarity with relational databases and knowledge of database management practices. Salesforce or other constituent relationship management (CRM) software a plus!
  • -Exceptional writing and proofreading skills, with ability to monitor own work, and work of others, for accuracy and quality, and excellent judgment about what is relevant and helpful donor research.
  • -Excellent organizational and time-management skills; self-starter with ability to foster productive relationships with colleagues, balanced with an ability to work in a fast-paced environment and be self-directed and work independently.
  • -Strong computer skills; knowledge of Macintosh and standard office software including Word and Excel (MS Office).
  • -Maturity and the ability to work with sensitive and highly confidential information.


Bachelor's Degree required.

Apply by:
September 25, 2019
About this Organization:
WGBH Boston is one of the nation's top public television and radio broadcasters. We are PBS's single largest producer for television and Web, creating one-third of the national prime-time lineup—from Frontline to Masterpiece Theatre, from Nova to American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, and more—plus a slate of award-winning children's series (including Arthur, Between the Lions. Curious George, Design Squad, Fetch! and Postcards from Buster).

WGBH also is a major supplier of public radio programs enjoyed by listeners in New England, across the nation, and around the world, including The World, A Celtic Sojourn, and The Emily Rooney Show.

Visit us on the Web at www.wgbh.org.