Director of Development, Student Life

POSTED: February 7, 2018

BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation

LOCATION: Purdue University Campus


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

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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