Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives

POSTED: June 11, 2018

BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation

LOCATION: Purdue University Campus


START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions:

  • Work closely with the Director of Strategic Initiatives to develop long-term funding plans that encompass potential corporate, foundation, federal, and individual donor opportunities.
  • In partnership with the Director of Strategic Initiatives, plan and coordinate funding strategies for University-wide, interdisciplinary initiatives.
  • Serve as a grant and proposal writer for the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
  • In coordination with Major Gift Officers, create funding proposals for individual donors.
  • Submit proposals to corporations, foundations, federal entities and individuals in cooperation with Development staff and University faculty.
  • Develop overall messaging and creation of documents that advance strategic initiatives.
  • Assist CFR team with engaging University faculty to identify potential funding opportunities.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with University Development Staff to:Other duties as assigned.
    • Develop effective gift/grant materials, proposals, case statements, conceptual plans, letters of inquiry, and other corporate and foundation communications.
    • Develop effective major gift proposals for individual prospects in excess of $25,000.
    • Research and analyze information and data for proposal development.
    • Complete funder’s forms required for submission as needed.
    • Prepare customized proposals according to each corporation’s and foundation’s guidelines.
    • Prepare presentations and other written materials for meetings and events with companies and foundations.


  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with faculty members and development staff as well as write successful funding proposals.
  • Demonstrated experience in gift/grant proposal writing with a record of success in securing gifts.
  • Ability to synthesize complex ideas into coherent, compelling proposals.
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills and precise attention to detail.
  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to University/Foundation business and confidential prospect information.
  • Ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies of an academic community.
  • Ability to represent the University and the Foundation with tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Strong collegial interpersonal skills.
  • Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills.
  • Understanding of nature of corporate and foundation philanthropy as it relates to higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems, take initiative and set priorities while being flexible.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and timelines successfully.
  • Ability to learn appropriate levels of information about a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary areas.
  • Knowledge of all facets of the proposal development process including prospect identification, project research, and proposal creation and submission.
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Strong computer skills needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three-year professional experience with progressively responsible experience in educational fund-raising with specific experience in corporate relations or related experience in a corporate setting preferred.

Application Instructions:

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 6, 2018.

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 these positions. 

Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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