Director of Development Operations and Donor Relations, School of Management and Krannert Graduate School

POSTED: August 30, 2017
BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation
POSITION TYPE: Full-time, Exempt (Benefits Eligible)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 22, 2017
START DATE: Immediate Availability

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for oversight and management of development operations, donor relations and stewardship activities in support of fundraising goals of the School of Management and Purdue University. 
  • Assist with managing day-to-day operations, reporting and work flow of the Management development office, including functional oversight of the Development Associate(s). 
  • Oversee the annual fund activities of the School of Management and provide direct fundraising support to the development team.

Additional Responsibilities

Development Operations

  • Develop and maintain a standard operations manual for the Management development office procedures, including written practices.
  • Manage the operations and work flow of the development office in conjunction with the Director of Advancement to ensure smooth operations.
  • Provide functional oversight of the Development Associate(s) to ensure work quality, work flow and timeliness of project completion.
  • Ensure donor calls and requests for assistance are handled in a timely and professional manner.
  • Assist with onboarding of new staff and cross-training with Development Associate(s) on core functions.
  • Oversee the work of a graduate assistant and/or student worker on various development projects as directed.

Donor Relations

  • Serve as a resource for alumni and donors on development-related issues, requests and visits.
  • Respond to donor inquiries with accurate and timely information.
  • Write, prepare, and disseminate donor correspondence and reports.
  • Assist and/or participate in donor engagement activities.
  • Serve as an internal liaison with Management’s alumni, external relations and special events office to coordinate donor visits and special events.

Stewardship

  • Develop and implement a best in class comprehensive stewardship program for Management’s development office to aid in the retention, effective stewardship and renewed support of donors at all giving levels.
  • Develop and oversee a timely gift processing and acknowledgement letter process:
    • prepare individualized acknowledgement letters and periodic stewardship reports to all donors
    • oversee the processing of all gifts coming into the School to ensure timely and accurate acknowledgement; and
    • develop, implement, and maintain policies and procedures for gift processing and stewardship.
  • Provide financial stewardship and reporting to donors; ensure appropriate allocation and expenditure of donor funds.
  • Craft acknowledgement letters and stewardship communications for the Dean and Director of Advancement.
  • Prepare informative and timely gift reports for development and departmental use.

Annual Fund and Fundraising Support

  • In consultation with the Director of Advancement, develop and implement an annual fund strategy for the School that recruits, retains and stewards donors at the $1,000 - $25,000 level.
  • Coordinate Purdue Day of Giving efforts.
  • Oversee faculty and staff giving program.
  • Collaborate with School’s programs and faculty to expand annual fund donors to the School of Management.
  • Write solicitation letters and coordinate annual fund activities and fundraising materials.
  • Coordinate procedures for Dean’s Club membership and related mailings, stewardship, and events.

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must be self-motivated, hardworking and resourceful with a determination to succeed.
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills required. 
  • Strong ability to multi task and meet deadlines.
  • Adept with technology and databases and reporting.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal required.
  • Strong customer service orientation. 
  • Knowledge of fundraising and stewardship best practices and principles required.
  • Regular attendance is a requirement of this position.

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Two years of development, donor relations, stewardship, business management or related experience.
  • Minimum of two years of management-level experience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: 

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources at humanresources@prf.org by Friday, September 22, 2017. 

This position is located on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, IN. For more information on careers in the Development Office, visit http://purdue.edu/devcareers.

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

The Purdue Research Foundation is unable to sponsor an employment related visa for this position. 

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