Director of Development, Planned Giving

POSTED: August 11, 2021
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Identify, cultivate and secure new major, planned and principal level gifts.
  • Work to achieve the planned giving unit’s fundraising goals and objectives and meet assigned metrics for performance.
  • Engage in long-term cultivation and stewardship of planned giving prospects/donors.
  • Travel to meet with alumni and friends of the University and be able to discuss planned gift arrangements.
  • Assist donors and their advisors with appropriate language for will and living trust provisions.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Draft proposals for gifts to Purdue through trusts, gift annuities, wills, life insurance and life estates.
  • Build and manage portfolio for planned gift prospect maintaining appropriate contact.
  • Support individual college units as assigned with general planned giving activity.
  • Marketing responsibilities include responding to requests for information and leads generated through marketing materials; may include drafting and editing newsletter articles or other materials as needed.
  • Travel and/or evening and weekend duties are required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a communication style that shows a passion for the cause and is professional, down-to-earth, enthusiastic, credible and confident.
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain relationships.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Technical expertise and knowledge of planned giving vehicles and methods, tax and charitable gift laws and estate planning.
  • Self-motivated, innovative and ability to work with considerable independence within the context of a team environment and a network of relationships.
  • Position requires the handling of highly sensitive and confidential information and requires an exemplary track record of professionalism, maturity and discretion.
  • Excellent ability to analyze and evaluate situations and make good judgments.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Law degree and/or experience in higher education philanthropy, trusts, estates or tax law beneficial.
  • Track record in securing major and planned gifts preferred.
  • Experience in planned giving or a related field (Fund development, banking, finance, financial planning, etc.).

If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process: application deadline is Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. PRF views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all Foundation-related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.  All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.


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