Chief Development Officer for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

POSTED: November 15, 2022
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) gift donors and prospects, through visits and other forms of direct personal contact in accordance with performance targets set in collaboration with the Purdue for Life Foundation. Portfolio size will be at most 40 prospects.
  • Work closely with all fundraising units (individual, corporate and foundations) to engage top DIB donors; develop deep familiarity with the portfolio and work plan to assist and learn from the gift officers. Emphasis placed on Purdue for Life Foundation producing 150+ proposals a year in the DIB space.
  • Co-assist the Assistant Vice President for DIB in drafting, editing, and/or proofreading talking points for donor meetings, proposals, stewardship reports and other communications.
  • Build development strategies in collaboration with the heads of all DIB Units and Centers.
  • Oversee the proposal and report development process, ensuring teams stay on track and deadlines are met.
  • Assist in the timely and accurate preparation of donor and prospect visits.
  • Assist with tracking of donor relationships, workplans and projections.
  • Produce individualized acknowledgements and other correspondence for donors, ensuring their accuracy and consistency.
  • Help develop DIB fundraising reports to track goals, giving and fundraising activities in coordination with the Assistant Vice President for DIB.
  • Participate in donor strategy sessions.
  • Other special projects, as assigned.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to compose, edit, and expertly proofread correspondence and other documents.
  • Exceptional organizational, planning and administrative skills and ability to juggle multiple priorities.
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills and the ability to convey complex ideas in writing, with a level of clarity and sophistication expected by our donors and prospects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality while representing the organization and interfacing with all levels of staff at the national and affiliate offices, as well as with volunteers, donors, and outside vendors.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Strong ability to actively listen and deftly navigate and manage relationships.
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity; the ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet research. Experience working with Salesforce, fundraising or relational databases strongly preferred. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required..
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant experience preferably in a fundraising, nonprofit or academic setting is preferred.                                             

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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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