Director, Donor Relations

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

Essential Functions

  • Facilitate donor-centered stewardship that deepens relationships, binds donors to Purdue, and inspires future gifts.
  • Extend and enhance major gift productivity by providing strategy, cultivation, and stewardship plans which align with the donor continuum.
  • Design and implement individualized stewardship and/or cultivation plans for major gift donors and prospects in collaboration with involved internal stakeholders, including major gift officers.
  • Implement and oversee acknowledgement process for gifts which do not fall into the automated process. Review gift reports. Write acknowledgement messages on behalf of academic leadership.
  • Develop unique and meaningful touchpoints or plans for legacy and planned giving donors. Initiate and manage stewardship plans for unmanaged, undisclosed will provision prospects. 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Lead special projects within the PODS structure.
  • Assist senior managing directors in creating and implementing processes for cross-unit collaboration.
  • Respond to donor inquiries with accurate and timely information.
  • Develop and manage additional touchpoints for donors based on behavior, retention, strategy, cultivation, and stewardship. Collaborate with appropriate development and academic staff to identify.
  • With oversight from the Senior Managing Director, guide the development and implementation of principal gift stewardship plans.
  • Ensure individualized stewardship plans are implemented and collaborate with units and colleagues to ensure successful completion. Develop and monitor for intended outcome.
  • Provide leadership in committees and/or project management.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Special Events and/or unit-based event teams to coordinate, plan, set goals, and attend donor-centered events which include a development component.
  • Represent President’s Council, R.B. Stewart Society, and other Purdue for Life affiliated giving societies as they relate to the role.
  • In partnership with the Director of Scholarship Stewardship and Development, develop stewardship communication for donors.
  • Provide appropriate stewardship for endowment holders, based on guidance from the Senior Development Analyst. Ensure accurate spending of endowment accounts at the unit level.
  • Coordinate stewardship and recognition efforts for named spaces and facility projects in accordance with the PFLF guidelines, including but not limited to: donor communication, signage, placement, portraits, etc.
  • Manage major gift stewardship for campaigns and special projects (Football, Campus Visits, Purdue Day of Giving, etc.)
  • Assist with onboarding of new staff and cross-training with colleagues as appropriate. 
  • Oversee student workers, if applicable. 


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required for written and verbal contact with donors and alumni with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to represent the University with tact and diplomacy at all times required.  
  • 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. 
  • Ability to navigate a complex organizational environment demanding high energy, discretion, patience, enthusiasm, and humor; detail oriented and adept at prioritizing work to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficiency with the CRM (Salesforce), Microsoft Office and networked informational systems used within the Purdue for Life Foundation.
  • Strong professional ethics are required.
  • Capacity to navigate multiple team environment dynamics with the ability to contribute expertise and lead team members as directed.
  • High proficiency in project management, attention to detail, prioritization of work, and organizational skills required.
  • Some evening and weekend work required. 
  • Occasional travel may be required. 


  • Minimum of five years of higher-level donor relations experience required.
  • Associate’s degree required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Equivalent work experience is acceptable in lieu of a degree

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