Director, Lifelong Learning

POSTED: May 20, 2021
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions   

  • Directs and oversees the management of the Lifelong Learning program for Purdue for Life Foundation.
  • Leads staff and volunteers in the conceptualization, planning and design of lifetime learning programs.
  • Coordinates and manages relationships with alumni and faculty who teach Lifelong Learning courses.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Serves as coordinator of all Lifelong Learning opportunities across Purdue.
  • Coordinates and implements Lifelong Learning programming, (courses, webinars, workshops, guest lectures, podcasts, conferences, etc.)
  • Creates opportunities for alumni and faculty to share wisdom/knowledge/experience in a variety of learning opportunities. (non-credit class, webinar, lecture, course, conference, podcast, or other means to acquire enhanced knowledge or skills to support personal, professional, intellectual growth and enjoyment).
    • Creates and maintains calendar of learning opportunities.
    • Assists in programing for conference or engagement events.
  • Works to centralize all offerings to ensure that alumni, friends, and fans have one hub to find learning resources.
    • Initiates, organizes, and maintains partnerships with Purdue University engagement units, campus programs and community organizations to promote Lifelong Learning Programs.
  • Supports enrollment goals in collaboration with Purdue Online and Purdue Global.
    • Coordinates the marketing of credit classes and certifications for our campus partners to our alumni, friend, and fan base.
    • Serves as coordination partner between Purdue Online, Purdue Global and Purdue for Life Foundation.
  • Communicates Lifelong Learning news/opportunities through the Purdue for Life Foundation website, social media, and monthly learning opportunities e-mail digest.
    • Works with marketing/communication team to publicize to the local media for local and regional publicity, advertising, and promotion.
    • In-person marketing to the broader community (Greater Lafayette, and Indiana).
  • Works with campus facilities management; negotiates space and classrooms for all Lifelong Learning programs (academic and social) during the regular academic year and over the summer.
  • Oversees department budget; prepares three-year budget with input from the Lifelong Learning Advisory Council. 

Volunteer Management                                                                              

  • Coordinates and manages relationships with alumni and faculty who teach Lifelong Learning courses.
    • Works with Senior Director of Outreach and Volunteerism to create volunteer opportunities specifically for Lifelong Learning, including teaching / facilitating, guest lecturing, and the Lifelong Learning Advisory Council.


  • Develops active measurements that support the CASE engagement scoring:
    • Experiential
    • Volunteerism
    • Communication
    • Philanthropic
  • Incorporates standardized pre and post event coding for all learning interactions.

 Budget and Financial Administration                                                                                                     

  • Analyzes and forecast annual revenue and expenses for the overall Lifelong Learning programs.
  • Plans, prepares, and presents budgets and documentation for approval.


  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and organization skills.
  • Creative leadership skills and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Ability to inspire a cross-departmental team to craft innovative solutions.
  • Strong outside-the-box thinking skills in a nonprofit setting.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of three years of experience planning, organizing, and promoting adult learning opportunities.
  • Volunteer management experience. 

If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process: The application deadline is Friday, June 11, 2021.

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

This employer is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. It views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all employment-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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