Apr 08, 2024

Project Manager, Unit Campaigns

  • Purdue Research Foundation
  • Hybrid (West Lafayette, IN, USA)
Full-Time Other

Job Description

Working for the Purdue For Life Foundation offers a unique opportunity to be part of an organization dedicated to empowering Purdue University alumni and fostering a lifelong connection to the institution. By joining our team, you'll have the chance to contribute to a mission that supports educational initiatives, scholarships, and programs that positively impact the lives of Purdue students and graduates. The Foundation's commitment to education and community engagement provides a fulfilling work environment where you can make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and the broader community. Additionally, you'll have access to a network of passionate colleagues and the resources needed to drive positive change, making the Purdue For Life Foundation an inspiring and rewarding place to build your career. Your next giant leap starts here. Apply today!

Essential Functions
  • Manage cultivation, solicitation and stewardship projects and processes related to securing individual annual gifts, and stewarding donors for assigned University clients.
  • Manage the planning and execution of direct marketing projects from concept to completion, including scope, requirements, scheduling, budgeting, problem solving, reporting, analysis of results, and maintaining the integrity of the Purdue brand.
  • Act as a liaison to campus partners to ensure consistent messaging, identifying areas of opportunity and growth, and to coordinate activities for optimal donor impact.
  • Work in cooperation with the Broad-Based Campaigns and Strategic Engagement staff to coordinate schedules for electronic and printed fundraising appeals and communication materials.
  • Manage vendor relationships and collaborate with all parties involved including the communications team, content marketing, graphic designers, data programmers, donor services, and other members of the Purdue for Life team.

Additional Responsibilities

Annual Giving
  • Work with unit fundraisers and stewardship/operations staff as appropriate to make department, unit and college mailings and emails as effective as possible; oversee direct mail, email solicitations, appeals, overall strategy, planning, testing, scheduling, reviewing, approving, evaluating results, adjusting strategies, and increasing results year over year.
  • Understand data and the story behind it, in order to provide regularly scheduled unit reports and year-end updates. 
  • Serve as a resource for trainings.
  • Design and implement strategies to properly steward philanthropic support to Purdue.
  • Coordinate with campus partners on appropriate levels of stewardship activities.
  • Identify campus needs and assists in the implementation of resources.
  • Provide data proofing to ensure accuracy of requests and recommend adjustments as needed.
  • Assist with content proofing and recommend adjustments as needed.

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

  • Excellent verbal/written communication, organizational and personal computer skills.
  • Understanding of/and ability to use social media tools. 
  • Sound judgment, initiative, and ability to collaborate effectively required. 
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position. 

Required Education/Experience

  • Bachelors Degree Required.      
  • Minimum of one year of relevant experience preferred.
  • Direct mail experience preferred. 
This position is Hybrid, working in the West Lafayette, Indiana office 3 days a week. 

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.

Purdue for Life will not sponsor employment authorization for this position.

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



Security Clearance

NO Security Clearance

Job Requirements

Required Education/Experience

  • Bachelors Degree Required.      
  • Minimum of one year of relevant experience preferred.
  • Direct mail experience preferred. 

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