Assistant Director of Annual Giving Stewardship

POSTED: November 6, 2019

BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation

LOCATION: Purdue University Campus

POSITION TYPE: Full-time/Exempt

START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Develop strategies to recognize and increase engagement and philanthropic support to build and nurture Purdue’s relationship with its alumni and donors.
  • Conceptualize, coordinate, and implement centralized stewardship efforts with the intention of retaining, reactivating, and upgrading donor support.
  • Coordinate with campus and system partners for acknowledging, recognizing, and communicating with donors about the impact of their annual gift level donations.


Annual Giving Donor Stewardship:

  • Create multi-channel campaigns that coordinate with the solicitation calendar; track the results of strategies and provide reports and feedback to the annual giving team.
  • Create, maintain and execute gift acknowledgement flow.
  • Coordinate with Donors Services and units to create a seamless operation for acknowledging annual giving donors, with a focus on central general gift funds.
  • Coordinate stewardship and donor impact messaging with annual giving solicitation messaging
  • Gather student stories and quotes for use in stewardship efforts, including upkeep of the scholarship story bank.
  • Learn and implement measurement tools for receiving feedback from donors.

Coordination of Donor Retention and Loyalty Programs:

  • Implement a strategic plan to recognize first time and milestone donors, retain donors, and build loyalty through Griffin Society initiatives.
  • Manage a dynamic first time donor plan.

Stewardship for Donor Services Programs:

  • Coordinate with Assistant Director of Donor Services to acknowledge donors when matching gifts are received .
  • Create and implement a strategy to thank and upgrade payroll deduction and recurring gifts.


  • Manage the annual giving email inbox and respond appropriately; reply to alumni, donors, and friends and follow-up on requests.
  • Prepare thank you notes and other correspondence in response to annual giving appeals.
  • Design and maintain the process for handling drop-off emails from those who started the online gift process but did not complete it.
  • Perform proofing and editing as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal/written communication, organizational and personal computer skills.
  • Understanding of and ability to use social media tools.
  • Sound judgment, initiative, and ability to collaborate effectively required. 
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 0-3 years of related experience.
  • Donor relations, stewardship and/or marketing experience is preferred.

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, November 22, 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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