Associate Director of Development, Special Operations

POSTED: June 8, 2022
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the University through active use of the development process, including qualifying prospects and the solicitation of major gifts.
  • Secure an agreed upon dollar goal each fiscal year in major gifts aimed at meeting the strategic goals within the Purdue For Life Foundation and within the current Foundation metric parameters
  • In consultation with the Purdue For Life Foundation leadership, identify and establish personal contact with current and prospective major and/or planned gift donors whose interest and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of meeting the University’s fundraising goals.
  • Travel and/or evening and weekend duties are required. 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Orchestrate and execute the advancement of relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Collaborate and build working relationships with multiple units across campus, as directed by leadership.
  • Manage goals and targeted objectives to effectively advance toward successful solicitation of major and/or planned gifts.
  • Coordinate, host, and/or participate in University/Foundation-related programs/activities
  • Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the programs or units represented
  • Ensure effective records maintenance, including timely filing of requests for prospect assignments, prospect strategies and contact reports, using Purdue University’s prospect management system.
  • Become adept at using Salesforce and other programs in support of major gift discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to speak before large groups.
  • Ability to articulate the mission of Purdue University and Purdue for Life Foundation.
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to use good judgment, diplomacy, maintain confidentiality and represent the University with tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Possess initiative, strategic thinking skills, and the ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent relationship building and organizational skills as well as the ability to handle multiple projects.
  • Must have strong problem solving and decision-making skills, as well as attention to detail.
  • Desire to continuously improve professional competency through participation in professional development opportunities.
  • Ability to learn and use the campus-wide CRM, Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience in fund development desired, including solicitation of major gifts and/or transferable skills.
  • Experience in higher education or other non-profit organizations is desired but not a requirement.

If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process:  The application deadline for this position is Wednesday, June 22, 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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