Director of Development - Student Life

POSTED: December 5, 2019
BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation
POSITION TYPE: Full-time/Exempt
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the Student Life units and the University through active use of the development process.
  • Secure major gifts aimed at meeting the strategic goals of the unit leadership, their programs, disciplines, and the University, with an expectation of raising a minimum of $1M annually.
  • Conduct a minimum of 144 face-to-face donor visits annually, advancing relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • In consultation with the Chief Development Officer, Unit heads, and the Associate Vice President for Advancement, identify and establish personal contact with current and prospective major gift donors whose interest and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of meeting the Unit and University fundraising goals.
  • Frequent travel and/or evening and weekend duties are required.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with appropriate development and department staff to develop prospect strategies and build relationships.
  • Set specific goals and objectives to effectively advance toward solicitation of annual and major gifts.
  • Host, co-host and/or attend development-related 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 various Student Life/Teaching and Learning units.
  • Assist as needed with the Student Life units and University Advancement staff to plan and implement development initiatives for various units including solicitations, alumni relations, marketing and communications.
  • Ensure effective records maintenance, including timely filing of requests for prospect assignments, prospect strategies and contact reports, using Purdue University’s prospect management system.
  • Report regularly on the progress toward annual goals and action plans.
  • Become adept at using the Advancement database in support of annual and major gift activities.
  • Continually improve professional competency through participation and/or leadership in professional organizational and other not-for-profit organizations.
  • Share information with other pertinent development officers in a timely manner to maintain strong collegial relationships.
  • Create and distribute programming for $1,000 Parents Fund giving level, including videos, newsletters, and special events.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Public speaking skills essential.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills essential, including the ability to communicate well in writing.
  • 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.
  • Ability to articulate the mission of Purdue University as needed.
  • 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 be able to solicit gifts in person.
  • Desire to continuously improve professional competency through participation in professional development opportunities.
  • Basic computer skills are essential.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license required.
  • Knowledge of philanthropy and fundraising principals are desired.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience in development including solicitation of gifts and/or related work experience (e.g., public relations, marketing/sales) with demonstrated success is a plus but not required.

Application Instructions: 

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources at on or before Friday, December 27, 2019.

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

Purdue Research Foundation will not sponsor employment authorization for this position.

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

Purdue Research Foundation is an affirmative action, equal opportunity 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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