Assistant Director of Development, Student Life

POSTED: April 11, 2022
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the Division of Student Life and the University through active use of the development process.
  • Secure gifts aimed at meeting the strategic goals of the division leadership, their programs, disciplines, and the University, with an expected focus on leadership annual giving, donor discovery/qualification, and raising a minimum of $500,000 in gifts.  
  • Make, on average, a minimum of 5 substantive contacts per week (or 20/month) and work with an evolving portfolio aimed at gaining information and advancing relationships with prospective donors whose behaviors, interest, and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of meeting the unit and University fundraising goals.
  • Support Student Life’s Chief Development Officer and the Division of Student Life in the areas of fundraising, and annual giving. 
  • Manage Student Life Purdue Day of Giving strategy, implementation, and any necessary follow-up work.
  • Ability to travel and perform evening and weekend duties as required.
  • Serve as the main liaison between Broad Based Campaigns and Student Life teams.
  • Coordinate with various units to engage students to educate about the importance of giving. 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Orchestrate and execute the advancement of relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualifications, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the unit relating to faculty, students, instruction, and research.
  • Collaborate with appropriate development colleagues and academic staff to develop appropriate next steps toward the solicitation of leadership annual or major/planned gifts
  • Create, as needed, special donor experiences for donors.
  • Host Student Life football suite one or more games per year.
  • Plan, design and execute solicitations in consultation with Broad Based Campaigns.
  • Ensure effective records maintenance, including timely filing of requests for prospect assignments, prospect strategies and contact reports, using Purdue University’s prospect management system.
  • Become adept at using the advancement database in support of major gift activities.
  • Ensure appropriate coordination with units’ corporate and business partners and various unit and University constituencies.
  • As assigned, host or co-host development related receptions and other donor events locally and regionally. 


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to speak before large groups.
  • Ability to articulate the mission of Purdue University as needed.
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to use good judgment, diplomacy, maintains confidentiality and represents the University with tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Possess initiative and the ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills, organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects.
  • Must have strong problem solving and decision-making skills, as well as attention to detail.
  • Desire to continuously improve professional competency through participation in professional development opportunities.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce Ascend, Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite. 


  • Experience in fund development, including solicitation of gifts and/or related work experience is preferred but not required.
  • Capability to receive direction, work independently and, yet, function well in a team environment
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process:  The application deadline is Friday, April 29, 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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