Director of Development, College of Health and Human Sciences

POSTED: January 8, 2021

BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation

LOCATION: Purdue University Campus

POSITION TYPE: Full-time/Exempt

START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions:

·         Identify and establish personal contact with current and prospective major gift donors whose interest and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of strategically meeting the Unit and University fundraising goals.

·         Orchestrate and execute the advancement of relationships with the 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.

·         Responsible for securing 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 gifts annually.

·         Set specific objectives to effectively advance toward solicitation of major gifts.

·         Ensure appropriate coordination with Unit’s corporate and business partners and various unit and University constituencies.

·         Prepare proposals and solicit prospects for gifts in support of the Unit’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 Unit relating to faculty, students, instruction and research.

·         Frequent travel and/or evening and weekend duties are required.

Additional Responsibilities:

·         Plan and implement the advancement program for the unit including development, alumni relations, and marketing and communications for advancement.

·         Work with the Unit Development/Advancement staff, Unit Head and Associate Vice President for Advancement to develop and implement a fundraising plan, including strategies and a timeline for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual, corporate and foundation donor prospects.

·         Ensure effective records maintenance, including timely filling of requests for prospect assignments, prospect strategies and contact reports, using the university’s prospect management system (e.g. Pacesetter, ARC, etc.) 

·         Report regularly on the progress toward the Unit’s annual action plan.

·         Provide vision and collaboration for the Unit’s advancement and communications activities.

·         Provide input to communications targeted at donors and prospects.

·         Become adept at using the Advancement database in support of major gift activities.

·         Continually improve professional competency through participation in and/or leadership in professional organizational and other not-for profit organizations.


·         Strong 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 needed.

·         Must be able to interact with stakeholders from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds.

·         Ability to represent the University with tact and diplomacy at all times required.

·         Sound judgment, initiative, and ability to collaborate effectively required.

·         Excellent relationship building, organizational and time management skills required.

·         Knowledge of finance, planned giving, alumni relations, corporate relations, and advancement communications preferred.

·         Ability to continuously improve professional competency through participation in professional education opportunities.

·         Good computer skills necessary.

·         Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


·         Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree a plus.

·         Three years of experience in fund development including solicitation of major gifts and/or related work experience required.

·         Experience in higher education or other non-profit organizations a plus but not required.

·         Familiarity with the programs across the college desired but not required.

Application Instructions:

If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process: application deadline is Friday, January 29, 2021.

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. 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 protected veteran.


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