Research Associate

Research Associate Job Description

LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (LLLS) is the premier national executive search firm serving the development/advancement profession. We do more development searches than any other search firm, and specialize in recruiting Chief Development Officers and their teams for the education, healthcare, science, arts and culture, advocacy and mission-driven nonprofit sectors.


Reporting to the Senior Vice President, the Research Associate provides general and targeted research support. Working closely with the entire Search Team, the Research Associate will understand our clients’ needs, and then develop and implement a proactive, innovative sourcing strategy to target a diverse pool of qualified candidates for our advancement searches. The Research Associate will perform advanced sourcing by utilizing social media, Internet and database mining to target a qualified set of candidates. This position will also proactively develop and maintain the database of potential candidates for future reference.


Search Research and Sourcing

  • Collaborate with Search Directors to understand clients’ needs to find qualified candidates
  • In conjunction with the Search Director, develop and implement a proactive, innovative research strategy to target a diverse pool of candidates
  • Conduct and review Internet searches to source potential qualified candidates, conduct database searches, input findings and track results
  • Qualify and rank candidates for Search Directors and produce candidate sourcing reports
  • Continually add qualified candidates to a search after the research phase to develop a robust pool and pipeline

Proactive Research

  • Utilize social media tools and networking to find and attract qualified candidates
  • Be a “presence” online and proactively review advancement/development forums and news publications and share relevant information with the Search and Business Development Teams as appropriate
  • Oversee special projects (e.g. list building, data mining, etc.) and conduct additional research projects as appropriate.

Database Integrity

  • Add and update the LLLS Applicant Tracking System (ATS) database with candidate information from online Express Interest Forms, email inquiries, conference attendee lists, and other sources
  • Ensure all data in the ATS is accurate, complete, and refreshed regularly
  • Comply with data integrity policies and follow all best practices to ensure that data is entered correctly


  • At least one year’s experience in prospect or donor research or talent acquisition or sourcing research as well as a demonstrated knowledge of the development/advancement profession
  • Exceptional ability to manage time and handle multiple tasks and changing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to identify unknown sources and to creatively break into new and innovative sources of information
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with superior ability to produce concise reports
  • Complete tasks in a professional and timely manner, producing high-quality and accurate results
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and possesses a “can do” attitude
  • Excellent command of business technology software and programs, including the Microsoft Office Suite, and cloud-based online systems (Salesforce, Box, Zoom, etc.)
  • Bachelor’s Degree

To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please email Devin O'Leary, Assistant Vice President, at