Assistant Director of Development and Donor Relations, Student Life

POSTED: June 26, 2017
BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation
POSITION TYPE: Full-time, Exempt (Full benefits apply)
START DATE: Immediate Availability


Essential Functions 

  • Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the Purdue University Bands and Orchestras unit and the University through active use of the development process.
  • Secure gifts aimed at meeting the strategic goals of the unit leadership, their programs, disciplines, and the University, with an expectation of 80 donor visits and raising a minimum of $250,000 in gifts annually.
  • In consultation with the Director of Advancement, Unit Director, and the Associate Vice President for Advancement, identify and establish personal contact with current and prospective donors whose interest and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of meeting the unit and University fundraising goals.
  • Support Student Life’s Director of Advancement and the Purdue Bands and Orchestras unit in the areas of fundraising, stewardship, donor relations, corporate relations, and annual giving.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Orchestrate and execute the advancement of relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualifications, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Manage stewardship activities for Purdue Bands and Orchestras to facilitate positive donor relations and a high degree of donor satisfaction.
  • Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the unit relating to faculty, students, instruction, and research, and collaborate with appropriate development and academic staff to develop prospect strategies.
  • Serve as a liaison, and provide guidance and support to the Bands and Orchestras’ Advisory Board.
  • Serve as a coordinator of the band department’s student-run Student Advancement Committee.
  • Set up specific goals and objectives to effectively advance toward solicitation of gifts.
  • Systematically process gift downloads and coordinate gift acknowledgements on a regular and timely basis.
  • Prepare monthly gift reports for DOA.  Advise Director on a real-time basis of significant annual gifts, memorial gifts or estate bequests/proceeds.  Notify program and department heads of gifts designated to their area.
  • Under the direction of the Director of Advancement, compose acknowledgment letters for signature by the unit Director and/or Faculty incorporating specific subject matter, exercising discretion and respecting donor confidentiality.
  • Provide or assist in stewardship of gifts including acknowledgement process, coordinating recognition events, dedications, and working with the University Development Office on appropriate recognition.
  • 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.
  • Provide information to donors regarding of scholarship selection and facilitate communication between donors and recipients.
  • Serve as the liaison to development’s annual giving team; manage rally line activities.
  • Manage stewardship of endowment gifts and gather information needed to create donor endowment reports; maintain donor records for unit.



  • 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, maintain confidentiality and represent 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.
  • Ability to travel and perform evening and weekend duties as required.
  • Knowledge of Advance CS, Reeher, Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in fund development, including solicitation of gifts and/or related work experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of philanthropy and fundraising principles is required.
  • Experience in higher education or other non-profit organizations is desired but not required.
  • Familiarity with the college-level bands and orchestras programs and experiences is desired but not required.


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources at by Friday, July 28, 2017. 

This position is located on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, IN. For more information on careers in the Development Office, visit

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 fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

The Purdue Research Foundation is unable to sponsor an employment related visa for this position.

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