Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications-Donor Relations

POSTED: July 18, 2022
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Run reports, research, compile lists, and compose and/or edit personalized thank you letters/notes to major donors for signature by the University President, Purdue for Life Foundation President, and Vice President for Development with five-day turnaround from the date the gift is received by gift processing including indexing, assembly and mailing, as necessary.
  • Compose and/or edit correspondence for the Purdue for Life senior leadership and the University President.
  • Run reports to prepare Board of Trustee donor recognition and naming opportunity resolutions and create, index and process necessary material to send to the donors at the conclusion of each Board meeting.
  • Compose appropriate correspondence for all donor inquiries/expressed concerns from the University and Purdue for Life Presidents’ offices in an effort to resolve issues and encourage ongoing participation by the donor.
  • Initiate and compose monthly donor stewardship stories for publication in PulsePoint, on the President’s Council website and social media by identifying President’s Council members to feature and interviewing them for the story production.
  • Manage all President’s Council communications by working with the donor relations team to identify donor stories, timeliness for the web and email updates to all President’s Council members.
  • Develop content for all President’s Council communications to include but not limited to invitations, email, website, and social media communications.
  • Maintain and update President’s Council websites and social media pages, updating and keeping content fresh.
  • Create a library of acknowledgment templates updated regularly that can be used for the University President, Purdue for Life President, and the Vice President of Development. 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development and execution of individualized stewardship plans for major gift donors in collaboration with the Associate Vice President of Donor Relations. 


  • Excellent Communication (oral and written) skills, ability to compose and edit written communications, organizational planning, independent thinking, problem solving, and creativity in designing effective donor stewardship messages and programs.
  • Highly developed understanding of the need for a coordinated, holistic, campus-wide approach to stewardship.
  • Must be able to prioritize competing requests for service according to area needs and plans.
  • Must be able to use discretion and sound judgment regularly in disseminating highly sensitive information about University stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated good judgment, diplomacy, persuasive ability, public relations and the ability to inspire confidence and cooperation within and across organizational boundaries.
  • Knowledge of university academic, business services and fundraising is a plus but not required. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Three years of experience in public relations, customer service, communications, marketing or related field.

If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process:  The application deadline is Monday, August 1, 2022.

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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