Sep 06, 2023

Assistant Director, Volunteerism

  • Purdue Research Foundation
  • Hybrid (West Lafayette, IN, USA)
Full-Time Nonprofit - Social Services Program Management

Job Description

The Purdue for Life Foundation is an organization that advances Purdue University by helping alumni, friends, and fans that love Purdue stay connected, get involved, and give back. The Assistant Director, Volunteerism position plays a critical role in facilitating and increasing volunteerism for alumni, friends and fans of Purdue University. The role manages key administrative and volunteer management responsibilities to assist the placement of volunteers in meaningful and engaging work, making current opportunities easier to find as well as creating new opportunities to serve.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Build and manage volunteer portal opportunity listings submitted within Purdue for Life Foundation as well as submissions by campus and regional partners
  • Manage volunteer records and information in Salesforce and produce reports as requested or as necessary
  • Develop and expand alumni recognition/awards programs
  • Create general volunteer training resources for Purdue for Life Foundation volunteers
  • Develop campus partnerships supporting Purdue Ties, the university’s premier networking and mentoring platform
    • Assist in increasing the number of communities and mentorship programs within the platform
    • Provide administration support to Purdue Ties users, including platform support, background checks and mentor / mentee matching
  • Assist with planning and promotion of events and programs supported by the department
  • Engage with alumni, friends and fans at signature Purdue for Life events, sharing opportunities that exist within volunteerism and other pillars of engagement
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Professional demeanor and positive attitude
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with a wide range of individuals and lead in group settings
  • Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills, including ensuring accuracy for all program and event details
  • Ability to multitask, supporting multiple volunteers, projects, and initiatives at any one time
  • Self-directed, with an ability to work independently
  • Flexible and solution oriented
  • General understanding of Advancement (alumni relations, development, etc.) as a profession
  • Comfort in learning and adapting to new technologies
  • Microsoft Office Suite proficient (specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • Bachelor’s Degree required (business management, hospitality, organizational leadership, communication, marketing, or related field)
  • 3-5 years' experience
  • Project management, event planning, and/or program administrator role experience
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Training experience
  • Experience with Salesforce CRM preferred
  • Higher education experience preferred

About Purdue for Life Foundation

The Purdue for Life Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Purdue for Life views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all Foundation-related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.  All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position.


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