Director of Development, College of Veterinary Medicine

POSTED: May 4, 2021
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions   

  • Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the unit and the University through active use of the development process of the major gifts.
  • 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 gifts annually.
  • Use the full complement of the fundraising process, including personal visits and asks, to move relationships forward.
  • In consultation with the Chief Development Officer 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 academic staff to develop prospect strategies and build relationships.
  • Set specific goals and 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.
  • Provide stewardship of gifts through the acknowledgement process, assisting with recognition events, dedications, and working with the unit’s Director of Development Operations and the Purdue for Life Foundation on appropriate recognition.
  • Participate in development-related receptions and other donor events locally and regionally.
  • Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the Unit relating to faculty, students, instruction, and research.
  • Assist as needed with the Unit staff and University Advancement staff to plan and implement the advancement program for the unit including development, alumni relations, and marketing and communications for advancement. 
  • Ensure effective records maintenance, including timely filing of requests for prospect assignments, prospect strategies and contact reports, using Purdue for Life’s prospect management system.
  • Report regularly on the progress toward the annual action plan.
  • Become adept at using the advancement database in support of major gift activities.
  • Continually improve professional competency through participation and/or leadership in professional organizational and other not-for-profit organizations.



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill, including the ability to speak before large groups.
  • Ability to learn, articulate, and represent the mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital, and Purdue University as needed.
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to use good judgment, diplomacy, maintains confidentiality and represent the University with tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Ability to effectively interact with College and/or University leadership.
  • Possess initiative and the ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent relationship building skill, 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.
  • Knowledge of Advance CS, Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Prior experience in fund development, including exposure to or solicitation of annual gifts, major gifts, and planned gifts is preferred but not a requirement.
  • Experience in higher education or other non-profit organizations is desired but not required.
  • Familiarity with the programs across the College Veterinary Medicine is desired but not a requirement.

If you are interested in applying, If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process: The application deadline is Friday, May 28, 2021.

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

This employer is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. It views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all employment-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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