Dec 19, 2022

Senior Director of Development, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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

Job Description

  • Work in direct partnership with the Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement and the Dean of the College of Engineering to advance the College’s private fundraising efforts.
  • The Senior Director of Development is responsible for securing major gifts aimed at meeting the strategic goals of the College’s leadership, its programs, and disciplines with the expectation of raising a minimum of $2M annually.
  • Responsible for making a minimum of 144 visits annually with donors and prospects.
  • Provide vision and leadership by planning and executing fundraising efforts while managing expectations and balancing resources to achieve transformational success.
  • Orchestrate and realize the advancement of relationships with prospective donors through the appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. 
  • Frequent travel and/or evening and weekend duties are required.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Identify and establish personal contact with current and prospective major gift donors.
  • Create and implement complex strategies for a portfolio comprised of potential donors with significant capacity.
  • Set specific objectives to effectively progress conversations toward the solicitation of major gifts. 
  • Prepare proposals and solicit prospects for gifts in support of the College’s fundraising initiatives and priorities. 
  • Provide stewardship of donors including through the acknowledgement process and working with the Purdue for Life Foundation on appropriate recognition. 
  • Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the College relating to faculty, students, instruction and research.
  • Assist in the staffing of Homecoming and President’s Council weekends, alumni receptions, ‎football games, and other special events as needed.  
  • ‎Facilitate involvement of major donors in the College as well as the schools and areas as appropriate.
  • Collaboratively develop and implement a fundraising plan including strategies and a timeline for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual prospects.
  • Prepare annual action work plans with defined activities and timetables. 
  • Report on the status of progress toward action plans. 
  • Ensure effective records maintenance, including timely filing of requests for prospect assignments, prospect strategies, and contact reports.
Professional Development: 
  • Continually improve professional competency through training and participation in and/or leadership in professional, organizational and other non-profit organizations.
  • These responsibilities are subject to change due to the needs of the employer and requirements of the job.

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

  • Highly motivated individual with strong relationship building skills and demonstrated ‎capacity for leadership, organization and teamwork. 
  • ‎Solid understanding of ‎development, public relations and marketing.
  • Strong professional communication and ‎listening ‎skills, and ability to represent the University and PRF with tact and diplomacy at all ‎levels.
  • Must have excellent problem solving and decision-making skills, as well as attention to detail.
  • The personal qualities of integrity, discretion, excellent judgment, and sincerity.
  • ‎Personal computer and related software skills, including work processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc. desirable.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience in development, fundraising, or alumni relations required. 
  • Experience in higher education preferred.   
  • Familiarity with the University and the programs of the ‎College of Engineering are desirable.

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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