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Purdue for Life Foundation
West Lafayette, Indiana, United States (hybrid)
16 days ago
Purdue for Life Foundation
West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
16 days ago
Job Type
Nonprofit Organization
Min Experience
Job Function


* Applicants not residing in Indiana or within reasonable driving distance (within 1 hour) would be asked to relocate

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
  • Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the College of Engineering and the University through active use of the development process. 
  • Set specific objectives to effectively advance toward solicitation of major gifts in accordance with Purdue for Life Foundation’s current fundraiser metric system. 
  • In consultation with the Executive Director, unit heads, and the Sr. Associate Vice President for Development, identify and establish personal contact with current and prospective major gift donors whose interest and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of meeting the unit and University fundraising goals. 
  • Frequent travel and/or evening and weekend duties are required. 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with appropriate development and department staff to develop prospect strategies and build relationships. 
  • Set specific goals and objectives to effectively advance toward solicitation of annual and major gifts. 
  • Host, co-host and/or attend development-related receptions and other donor events locally and regionally. 
  • Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the various units comprising the College of Engineering.  
  • Report regularly on the progress toward annual goals and action plans. 
  • Become adept at using a Salesforce CRM in support of annual and major gift activities. 
  • Share information with other pertinent development officers in a timely manner to maintain strong collegial relationships. 

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

  • Public speaking skills essential. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills essential, including the ability to communicate well in writing. 
  • Must be able to interact with stakeholders from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds. 
  • Ability to use good judgment, diplomacy, maintain confidentiality and represent the University with tact and diplomacy at all times. 
  • Ability to articulate the mission of Purdue University as needed. 
  • Possess initiative and the ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team. 
  • Excellent relationship building skills, organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects. 
  • Must be able to solicit gifts in person. 
  • Desire to continuously improve professional competency through participation in professional development opportunities. 
  • Basic computer skills are essential. 
  • Knowledge of philanthropy and fundraising principals are desired. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required.  
  • 2 years of relevant work experience required. 
  • Experience in development including solicitation of gifts and/or related work experience (e.g., public relations, marketing/sales) with demonstrated success is a plus but not required. 
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license required. 

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. 
Job ID: 73493726
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