Chief Development Officer, School of Industrial Engineering

POSTED: April 25, 2019

BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation

LOCATION: Purdue University Campus

POSITION TYPE: Full-time/Exempt

START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions:

  • Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement and working closely with the Head of the School, the Chief Development Officer will design and execute a plan to engage donors in the School and the University through the active use of the development process, including the solicitation of major gifts.
  • The Chief Development Officer is responsible for securing major gifts aimed at meeting the strategic goals of the School’s leadership, its programs, disciplines and the University, with an expectation of raising a minimum of $3M annually.
  • A focus for the Chief Development Officer is to assist in the creation and implementation of a comprehensive, strategic advancement program.

Additional Responsibilities


  • Orchestrate and execute the advancement of relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. 
  • Collaborate with appropriate development and academic staff to develop prospect strategies and build relationships.
  • Use the full complement of the fundraising process, including personal visits and asks to move relationships forward.
  • Set specific objectives to effectively advance toward solicitation of major gifts.
  • Ensure appropriate coordination with the School’s corporate and business partners and various unit and University constituencies.
  • Prepare proposals and solicit prospects for gifts in support of the School’s strategic plan and fundraising priorities.
  • Host or co-host receptions and other donor events locally and regionally.
  • Provide stewardship of gifts including acknowledgement process, coordinating recognition events, dedications, and working with the University Development Office on appropriate recognition.
  • Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the School relating to faculty, students, instruction and research.
  • Continually improve professional competency through training and participation in and/or leadership in professional, organizational and other not-for profit organizations.
  • These responsibilities are subject to change due to the needs of the employer and requirements of the job.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, including the demonstrated ability to communicate well in writing and speak before large groups.
  • Ability to interpret and articulate the mission of Purdue University as needed.
  • Must be able 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 required.
  • Sound judgment, initiative, and ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team required.
  • Excellent relationship building, organizational skills, and time management skills required.
  • Ability to travel and perform evening and weekend duties as required.
  • Knowledge of Advance CS, Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of finance, planned giving, alumni relations, corporate relations, and advancement communications preferred.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in fund development, including the solicitation of major gifts and/or related work experience required.
  • Experience in higher education preferred.  
  • Familiarity with the programs of the School of Industrial Engineering as well as the College of Engineering desired but not required.

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, May 17, 2019. 

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

Purdue Research Foundation does not accept resumes from third-party recruiters.

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


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