Director of Development, College of Agriculture

POSTED: August 8, 2017
BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation
POSITION TYPE: Full-time, Exempt (Benefits Eligible)
START DATE: Immediate Availability


Essential Functions

  • Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the College and the University through active use of the development process, including solicitation of major gifts.
  • Secure major and planned gifts aimed at meeting the strategic goals of the College’s leadership, its 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.
  • In consultation with the Director of Advancement, the Dean, and the Associate Vice President for Advancement, identify and establish personal contact with current and prospective major and/or planned gift donors whose interest and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of meeting the College and University’s fundraising goals. 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Orchestrate and execute the advancement of relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Collaborate and build working relationships with advancement colleagues, the College’s academic leadership and staff to optimize desirable returns.
  • Manage goals and targeted objectives to effectively advance toward successful solicitation of major and/or planned gifts.
  • Coordinate, host, and/or participate in College/University/Development-related programs/activities and create supportive material/information, as needed.
  • Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the College and University.
  • Ensure effective records maintenance, including timely filing of requests for prospect assignments, prospect strategies and contact reports, using Purdue University’s prospect management system.
  • Report regularly on the progress toward the Unit’s annual action plan.
  • Become adept at using the Advancement and Reeher databases, software and programs in support of major gift discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to articulate the mission of Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation as needed.
  • Ability 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.
  • Possess initiative and the ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent relationship building and organizational skills as well as the 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.
  • Ability to travel and perform evening and weekend duties as required.
  • Knowledge of Advance CS, Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite.


  • 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 a plus but not required.
  • Familiarity with the programs of the College of Agriculture desired but not required.


If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources at

This position is located on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, IN. For more information on careers in the Development Office, visit

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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