POSTED: November 19, 2021
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Write content that markets and promotes the Purdue for Life Foundation and that engages alumni, donors, and friends with Purdue University. Work may take the form of fundraising and stewardship materials, including gift proposals and donor recognition signage; donor profiles; news releases; brochures; newsletters; magazines; invitations, speeches, and other materials supporting live events; video scripts; social media posts; emails; correspondence; and website copy.
  • Support the marketing and communications team and other colleagues as editor and copy editor, following Purdue for Life Foundation and Purdue University editorial and visual branding guidelines.
  • Work collaboratively and collegially with Purdue for Life Foundation staff (fundraisers, donor relations staff, special events staff, Purdue for Life leadership) to complete projects on time and with high quality.
  • Identify new marketing strategies for Purdue for Life.

Additional Responsibilities

  • As needed, serve as assigning editor for freelance writers.
  • As needed, conduct photo research and assist with photo and video shoots.
  • Perform other editorial assignments and projects as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent proofreading and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to perform with minimal supervision, prioritize assignments to meet deadlines, and produce high-quality work with attention to detail.
  • Ability to take initiative and solve problems while being flexible.
  • Ability to influence and build working relationships among a diverse workforce at all levels.
  • Demonstrated good judgment, diplomacy, persuasive ability, and the ability to inspire confidence and cooperation to drive positive results within and across the organization’s boundaries.
  • General understanding of marketing material design.
  • General understanding of the need to cultivate and steward donors at any giving level.
  • Personal computer and related software skills.
  • Knowledge of Purdue University and its fundraising history is a plus, but not required.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in Liberal Arts (e.g., English, communications, writing, journalism).
  • A combination of relevant experience and education may substitute for degree.
  • Up to three years’ experience as a writer/editor across various communication channels (print, web, multimedia).


Portfolio review required. If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process: https://www.applyatprf.com.The application deadline is Friday, December 17, 2021. 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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