Associate, Research

About Robin Hood

Robin Hood is New York's largest poverty-fighting organization, and since 1988 has focused on finding, funding, and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful and measurable results for families in New York's poorest neighborhoods. Since its founding, Robin Hood has raised more than $2 billion in dollars, goods and services to provide hundreds of the most effective soup kitchens, homeless shelters, schools, job-training programs and other vital services that give New York’s neediest citizens the tools they need to build better lives. Robin Hood's board of directors pays all administrative, fundraising and evaluation costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to organizations helping New Yorkers in need.

Position Overview

As the Associate, Research, you will be integral to ensuring that Robin Hood meets its ambitious fundraising goals by identifying prospective new donors and supporting the development staff in its outreach to existing funders. By expertly producing and managing mission-critical research, the successful associate will allow Robin Hood to exceed its goals and reach even more people in need.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Respond to research requests from fundraising team quickly, asking questions to understand end goals and ensure that the most effective information is provided.
  • Perform key research on current and prospective donors, screening for biographical information and wealth indicators (e.g., family foundation assets, real estate holdings, demonstrated giving to other charitable organizations, etc.).
  • Compose thorough, well-written profiles that equip fundraisers to have informed discussions with current and prospective donors.
  • Evaluate event attendees and new donors and identify potential follow-up strategies.
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of existing and potential funders and support development staff in obtaining funding from each.
  • Populate and continually update biographical data in donor database and work with colleagues to maximize its effectiveness.


  • Exceptional research and synthesis skills.
  • Gifted storyteller who writes with clarity, accuracy and impact.
  • Operates with high level of personal responsibility and has a very high bar for work product.
  • Unwavering attention to details and a commitment to data accuracy.
  • Flexible and adaptable, with an ability to manage multiple priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Strong memory, listening skills and ability to recall information.
  • Able to handle sensitive information with a high level of discretion.
  • Comfortable in a behind-the-scenes development role with occasional exposure to high-profile donors.
  • Interest in philanthropic funders and the financial services sector.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Excel. Experience with Salesforce a plus.

Robin Hood Culture

Below are some words that describe the people who work at Robin Hood. If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply.

  • Passionate. We are driven to create, find and fund the most effective ways to fight poverty in New York City.
  • Smart. We see the end result and can make quick and thoughtful decisions to get there.
  • Creative. We generate unexpected answers to thorny problems.
  • Fast. We thrive on new information and new opportunities and run a constant campaign against poverty.
  • Good to Great. We constantly look for ways to improve our work.
  • Flexible. We are able and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Fun. We take our work seriously, but not ourselves. We like to laugh and hang out together.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Robin Hood has excellent benefits and offers a flexible work environment.

To Apply

Please visit to complete our online application.

Robin Hood is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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