Director of Facility Stewardship, Donor Relations

POSTED: July 5, 2022
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Manage the Purdue for Life Foundation naming procedures working with campus partners to obtain needed information to execute official requests for approval from the university naming committee, President, and/or Board of Trustees.
  • Work closely with the planned giving team to ensure all gift agreements are executed for named spaces or faculty positions and documented accordingly in Purdue for Life CRM.
  • Liaison to the university facilities team and project managers for new construction projects to obtain necessary space renderings, floor plans, and ensure donor recognition is included.
  • Identify fundraising opportunities for new facility projects and work in partnership with PFL fundraising team to communicate naming opportunities with donor prospects.
  • Develop and assist with implementation of individualized communications focused on impact of named facilities, campus spaces, and/or faculty positions facilitating donor-centered stewardship that deepens relationships and inspires future gifts.
  • Manage tracking of all West Lafayette campus donor named spaces in conjunction with the University Archives and Special Collections.
  • Respond to donor inquiries with accurate and timely information.
  • Serve as a resource for donors on development-related issues, requests and visits. Coordinate campus visits for newly recognized donor spaces.
  • Attend and participate in team meetings, both centrally and unit-based.
  • Document constituent contacts in Ascend/Salesforce.
  • In collaboration with colleagues across campus, seek opportunities to provide stewardship to major gift donors.

 Additional Responsibilities

  • Maintain named space procedures and communication with PFL staff in CRM.
  • Provide necessary details to donor relations professionals in units with named faculty positions.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Special Events and/or unit-based event teams to coordinate, plan, set goals, and attend donor-centered events recognizing named space donor recognition and/or faculty positions.
  • Participate in PFLF Develop U activities and continuing professional development opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned may be required.


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required for written and verbal contact with donors and alumni.
  • Ability to represent the University with tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Must be able to interact with stakeholders from a wide range of professional and ‎cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent relationship building skills for both internal and external constituents. 
  • Demonstrate competency with the CRM (Salesforce) and proficiency with Microsoft Office, with a focus on Microsoft Excel, and networked informational systems used within the Purdue for Life Foundation.
  • Strong professional ethics are required.
  • Non-profit, customer service, or sales experience preferred.
  • Thrive in a team environment with strong attention to detail and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in donor relations required.
  • Equivalent work experience can substitute for an educational degree.

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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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