Senior Director of Development, College of Engineering

  • Purdue Research Foundation
  • West Lafayette, IN, USA
Full Time Fundraising

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • 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. 


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 University Development Office 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.


  • 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.
  • Ability and willingness to travel is required.‎


  • 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.

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, June 22, 2018. 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.


Business Development

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree