Purdue Research Foundation West Lafayette, In
Essential Functions: Work closely with the Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement, Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and other schools and department colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift prospects and donors, including individuals, corporations, and foundations with the potential to support the School, College, and University's priorities and needs. Work closely with the Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement to coordinate college and school advancement activities, including communication relations, alumni relations and development. The selected candidate will have a fundraising goal of $3M/year. Additional Responsibilities: Fundraising: Establish and maintain personal contact with current and prospective donors whose interests and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of strategically meeting the School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, and University fundraising goals. Advance relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Collaborate with appropriate development and academic staff to develop prospect strategies and build relationships. Use the full complement of the fundraising process, including personal visits and "asks" to move relationships forward. Prepare proposals and solicit prospects for gifts in support of the School's strategic plan and fundraising priorities. Facilitate involvement of major donors in school programs including classroom presentations, student activities, and meetings with professors. Coordinate with UDO and Engineering special events and alumni relations staff to plan and execute receptions and other donor related programs locally and regionally, such as Homecoming. Provide stewardship of gifts including acknowledgement process, coordinating and executing recognition events, planning dedications, and working with the University Advancement Office on appropriate recognition. Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of Chemical Engineering relating to faculty and students, instruction and research. Administrative/Planning: Work with the Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and College of Engineering and University Advancement staff, to plan and implement the advancement program for the School of Chemical Engineering, including development, marketing and communications. Develop and implement a fundraising plan, including strategies and a timeline for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual, corporate and foundation prospects/donors. Report regularly on the progress toward the School's annual action plan. Become adept at using databases and analytics in support of major gift activities. Ensure effective and accurate records maintenance, including timely fulfillment of prospect requests, prospect strategies, and contact reports. Assist as needed the school with creating a marketing and communications program that supports the School's priorities. Ensure advancement goals and objectives are met through alumni and donor events, including but not limited to Outstanding Chemical Engineering Alumni Awards, Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, and the Chemical Engineering Industrial Advisory Council meetings. Continuously improve professional competency through participation in professional education opportunities. Other duties as assigned. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential, including the demonstrated ability to communicate well in writing and speaking before large groups. Ability to interpret and articulate the mission of Purdue University needed. Must be able to interact with stakeholders from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds. Ability to represent the University and Purdue Research Foundation with tact and diplomacy at all times required. Sound judgment, initiative, and ability to collaborate effectively required. Excellent supervisory, relationship building, organizational and time management skills required. Knowledge of finance, planned giving, alumni relations, relations, and advancement communications are preferred. Ability to continuously improve professional competency through participation of professional education opportunities. Good computer skills necessary. Ability to travel and perform weekend duties required. Valid driver's license required. Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position. Education/Experience: A bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree preferred. Five years of experience in fund development including solicitation of major gifts and/or related work experience required. Knowledge of philanthropy and fundraising principles required. Experience managing/supervising professional staff preferred. Experience in higher education preferred. Familiarity with the programs of the School of Chemical Engineering desired but not required.