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Major Gifts Officer

Purdue University Northwest
Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Oct 16, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary
  • Responsible for identification, cultivation and solicitation of university alumni, parents, friends and community members as potential donors of annual and major gifts to the university.
  • Identify and establish personal contact with current and prospective donors, making a minimum of 100-120 face-to-face personal visits annually, including a minimum of 50 discovery visits.
  • Advance relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Prepare proposals and solicit prospects for annual gifts and major gifts, to secure a minimum annual goal toward the unit’s fundraising goals.
  • Work collaboratively with marketing and communications, alumni community and specific colleges to secure funding for university-wide priorities.
  • Collaborate with appropriate development and department staff to develop prospect strategies and build relationships: become familiar with and understand key initiatives of Institutional Advancement.
  • Prepare and report regularly on annual action plans with defined activities and timetables.
  • Ensure effective records maintenance, including timely filling of requests of prospect assignments, prospect strategies and contact reports using the University Development Office’s prospect management system (Sales Force/Ascend etc.)
  • Prepare progress reports as needed.
Core Competencies

Highly motivated individual with strong relationship building skills and a demonstrated capacity for organization and teamwork. Demonstrated conceptual understanding of development and alumni relations. Strong professional communication and listening skills and the ability to represent the university with tact and diplomacy at all levels. Personal computing and related software skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc. desirable.


A Bachelor's degree


5 years of experience securing major grants and gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, other private funding sources or related experience.

Additional Information: 

For information regarding our excellent benefits package, please visit:

Professional references will be verified prior to any offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check along with a motor vehicle records check if applicable.

Purdue University Northwest is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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