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

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

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.

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

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.

Education/Experience

  • 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.

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.

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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