- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.