Development Experience Officer

POSTED: June 13, 2022
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

The Donor Experience Officer (DXO) is a key member of the dynamic and mission-driven Purdue for Life Foundation Team. The Donor Experience Officer will focus on providing a first-class philanthropic experience for all donors by leveraging digital and in-person engagement to effectively build relationships based on each individual supporter. This role is critical to helping the Purdue for Life Foundation achieve both its near-term annual giving goals and long-term fundraising objectives and develop qualified major gift referrals.

 Essential Functions

  • Actively engage with and build relationships with a portfolio of supporters and prospects.
  • Manage a hand-selected portfolio of approximately 1,000 current and lapsed donors.
  • Leverage technology including EverTrue’s cloud platform, social media platforms and video conferencing software tools to build rapport, steward and solicit donors in an alumni centric, targeted, high-velocity manner.
  • Execute monthly and quarterly touchpoint cadences (averaging 30+ outbound touchpoints per day) across portfolio to ensure consistent and relevant donor communication.
  • Meet and exceed clearly defined activity metrics, fundraising outcomes and pipeline growth targets. 
  • Be fluent in engagement and philanthropic opportunities across the university to inform conversations and solicitations.
  • Embrace a “mile-wide and inch-deep” approach to serving as a proactive advisor on resources available to donors across the institution.
  • Build relationships across the University campus to be able to connect donors with relevant individuals when applicable.
  • Aid in outreach and follow up for events and activities on behalf of Alumni Relations and Development.
  • Proactively monitor engagement to identify and launch initiatives that drive donations. 


  • Desire to pursue a career in higher education advancement.
  • High degree of grit and resilience and desire to challenge the status quo.
  • Unceasing “can do” attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills across mediums, especially via video conferencing.
  • Strong collaboration and organizational skills, as well as the ability to prioritize effectively.
  • Strong work ethic with a desire to become a leader in the development space.
  • Able to handle confidential material responsibly and interact professionally with a wide spectrum of individuals.
  • Be self-motivated and positive, with a team-first optimistic attitude, eager to embody the Purdue spirit. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience in higher education fundraising as a student or professional preferred.

If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process:  The application deadline for this position is Monday, June 27, 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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