Assistant Director of Development, College of Science

POSTED: March 28, 2022
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Develop and execute a plan of engagement to bring prospects and donors to the College and University through active use of the development process.
  • Secure pledges and gifts from upgrading annual gift donors aimed at meeting the strategic goals of the University, with an expectation of raising a minimum of $500,000 in gifts and obtaining 175 substantive contacts annually.
  • In consultation with the Chief Development Officer and the Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement, identify and establish personal contact with prospective leadership annual gift donors whose interest and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of meeting the Unit and University fundraising goals.
  • Ability to travel and perform evening and weekend duties as required. 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Orchestrate and execute the advancement of relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of discovery, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Collaborate with appropriate development and academic staff to develop prospect strategies and build relationships.
  • Set up specific goals and objectives to effectively advance toward solicitation of major gifts.
  • Host or co-host development-related receptions and other donor events locally and regionally.
  • Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the Unit relating to faculty, students, instruction, and research.
  • Assist as needed with the Unit staff and University Advancement staff to plan and implement the advancement program for the unit including development, alumni relations, and marketing and communications for advancement.
  • Ensure effective records maintenance, including timely filing of requests for prospect assignments, prospect strategies and contact reports, using Purdue University’s prospect management system.
  • Report regularly on the progress toward the Unit’s annual action plan.
  • Become adept at using the CRM database in support of annual and major gift activities.
  • Continue to improve professional competency through attendance and participation in internal training opportunities and, when approved, other outside professional development opportunities and not-for-profit organizations. 


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to speak before large groups.
  • Ability to display patience, empathy, and compassion surrounding sensitive client cases and experiences.
  • Ability to articulate the mission of Purdue University as needed.
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to use good judgement, diplomacy, maintain confidentiality and represent the University with tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Possess initiative and the ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent relationship building, organizational skills, and ability to handle multiple projects.
  • Must have strong problem solving and decision-making skills, as well as attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of Ascend, Microsoft Outlook, and Office Suite. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Prior experience in fund development, including exposure to or solicitation of annual gifts, major gifts, and planned gifts is preferred but not a requirement.
  • Experience in higher education or other non-profit organizations is preferred but not a requirement.

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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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