Director of Development, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

POSTED: November 4, 2019

BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation

LOCATION: Purdue University Campus

POSITION TYPE: Full-time/Exempt

START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the unit and the University through frequent travel and active use of the development process, including solicitation of major gifts, working closely with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Development team, Associate Vice President for Advancement, Head of the School, and other development and academic staff.
  • 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.
  • Responsible for making a minimum of 144 visits annually with donors and prospects.
  • 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 School and University fundraising goals, in consultation with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Development team, Head of the School, and the Associate Vice President for Advancement.



  • 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.

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. 
  • Familiarity with the programs of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering desired but not required.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 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 is desired but not a requirement.

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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