- Work proactively and collaboratively with individual faculty,
groups of faculty, and/or college/unit diversity programs to
identify priorities and project ideas, particularly in Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion, and align these with foundation
- Identify and study local, regional, and national foundations to
understand fully their goals, funding objectives, proposal
guidelines, process, and deadlines.
- Present project ideas to appropriate foundations, through
personal visits, phone, electronic communications, or letters of
inquiry as well as provide staff support for college faculty and
administrators in their visits, contacts and/or communication with
- Build and manage an active portfolio of prospective foundation
partners that are regularly reviewed and engaged.
- Build relationships with foundation program officers and staff
as appropriate to effectively advance toward proposal development
and submission, as well as effective post- award stewardship.
- Provide guidance and coordination in preparing and soliciting
foundations, including writing grant proposals.
- Ensure appropriate coordination with the Pre- and Post-Award
Offices (guidelines and budgets), the Executive Vice President for
Research at Purdue, the Purdue Equity Task Force, and the Assistant
Vice President of Advancement for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
at Purdue for Life Foundation.
- Maintain effective stewardship of foundation grants and
foundation relations activities.
- Report regularly on progress towards goals, metrics and action
plans set forth by the Executive Director with the expectation they
are met annually.
- Coordinate Foundation Relations strategies with Purdue Equity
Task Force, College, School and Units for submission of proposals
for foundation prospects.
- Work with Assistant Vice President of Advancement for
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Executive Director of Foundation
Relations and Senior Directors of Foundation Relations to develop
strategies and timelines for the cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship of foundation prospects.
- Ensure effective records maintenance, including timely filling
of requests for prospect assignments, prospect strategies and
contact reports, using the University’s prospect management
- Continually improve professional competency through
participation in and/or leadership in professional organizational
and other not-for profit organizations.
- Meet regularly with the Deans, department heads, program
directors, faculty, and other internal constituents to monitor and
guide foundation relations activity.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential,
including the demonstrated ability to communicate well in writing
and make presentations before large groups.
- Ability to interpret and articulate the mission of Purdue
University and Purdue for Life Foundation as needed.
- Must be able to interact with stakeholders from a wide range of
professional and cultural backgrounds.
- The ability to represent the University/Foundation with tact
and diplomacy at all times is required.
- Sound judgment, initiative, and ability to collaborate
effectively are required.
- Excellent relationship-building, organizational and
time-management skills are required.
- Good computer skills are necessary.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to
- Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree is preferred.
- Minimum of three years of experience in foundation relations,
business development or related.
- Extensive proposal writing experience.
If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin
the process: https://www.applyatprf.com.The
application deadline is Friday, February 4, 2022.
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