Senior Director of Development, School of Mechanical Engineering

Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 13, 2020
Nov 11, 2020
Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time
Essential Functions:

·         Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the School and the College of Engineering through active use of the development process, including solicitation of major gifts.

·         Secure major and planned gifts aimed at meeting the strategic goals of the School’s leadership, its programs, disciplines, and the College, with an expectation of meeting all metrics agreed upon with supervisor.

·         In consultation with the Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement and Head, identify and establish personal contact with current and prospective major and/or planned gift donors whose interest and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of meeting the School, College, and University’s fundraising goals. 

·         Frequent travel and/or evening and weekend duties are required.

Additional Responsibilities:

·         Orchestrate and execute the advancement of relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

·         Collaborate and build working relationships with advancement colleagues, the School’s academic leadership and staff to optimize desirable returns.

·         Manage goals and targeted objectives to effectively advance toward successful solicitation of major and/or planned gifts.

·         Coordinate, host, and/or participate in School/College/University/Development-related programs/activities and create supportive material/information, as needed.

·         Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the School and College.

·         Ensure effective records maintenance, including timely filing of requests for prospect assignments, prospect strategies and contact reports, using Purdue University’s prospect management system.

·         Report regularly on the progress toward the Unit’s annual action plan.

·         Become adept at using the Advancement database, software and programs in support of major gift discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.

·         Other duties as assigned.


·         Familiarity with Mechanical Engineering and the programs across the College of Engineering is desired but not a requirement. 

·         Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to speak before large groups.

·         Ability to articulate the mission of Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation as needed.

·         Ability 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.

·         Possess initiative, strategic thinking skills, and the ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team.

·         Excellent relationship building and organizational skills as well as the ability to handle multiple projects.

·         Must have strong problem solving and decision-making skills, as well as attention to detail.

·         Desire to continuously improve professional competency through participation in professional development opportunities.

·         Knowledge of Reeher, Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite.

·         Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


·         Bachelor’s degree required.

·         Three to five years of experience in fund development, including solicitation of major gifts and/or related work experience as a preference.

·         Experience in higher education or other non-profit organizations is desired but not a requirement.

Application Instructions: 

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to the Assistant Vice President - Human Resources at on or before Friday, October 30, 2020.

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

 Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. PRF 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.


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