Director of Development, Student Life

POSTED: February 7, 2018

BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation

LOCATION: Purdue University Campus

POSITION TYPE: Full-time 

START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions:

  • Working closely with the Chief Development Officer for Student Life and other development and academic staff, execute a plan to bring donors to the unit and the University through active use of the development process, including solicitation of major gifts.
  • Secure major gifts aimed at meeting the strategic goals of the unit leadership, their programs, disciplines, and the University with an expectation of raising 1M annually.
  • Conduct a minimum of 144 face-to-face donor visits annually, advancing relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of a comprehensive Advancement program.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Orchestrate and execute the advancement of relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Collaborate with appropriate development and department staff to develop prospect strategies and build relationships.
  • Set specific goals and objectives to effectively advance toward solicitation of annual and major gifts.
  • Host, co-host and/or attend development-related 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 various Student Life/Teaching and Learning units.
  • Assist as needed with the Student Life units and University Advancement staff to plan and implement development initiatives for various units including solicitations, alumni relations, marketing and communications.
  • 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 annual goals and action plans.
  • Become adept at using the Advancement database in support of annual and major gift activities.
  • Continually improve professional competency through participation and/or leadership in professional organizational and other not-for-profit organizations.
  • Share information with other pertinent development officers in a timely manner to maintain strong collegial relationships.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Public speaking skills essential.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills essential, including the ability to communicate well in writing.
  • 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.
  • Ability to articulate the mission of Purdue University as needed.
  • Possess initiative and the ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent relationship building skills, organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects.
    • Must be able to solicit gifts in person.
    • Desire to continuously improve professional competency through participation in professional development opportunities.
    • Ability to travel and perform evening and weekend duties as required.
      • Basic computer skills are essential.
      • Valid U.S. driver’s license required.
      • Knowledge of philanthropy and fundraising principals are desired.

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred. 
  • Experience in development including solicitation of gifts and/or related work experience (e.g., public relations, marketing/sales) with demonstrated success is a plus but not required.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources at humanresources@prf.org by Friday, March 2, 2018.

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 these positions. 

Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

 

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