Jan 24, 2022

Senior Director of Development, College of Health and Human Sciences

  • Purdue Research Foundation
  • West Lafayette, IN, USA
Full-Time Other

Job Description

Essential Functions

  • Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the College of Health and Human Sciences 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 College’s leadership, its programs, and disciplines, with an expectation of meeting all metrics agreed upon with supervisor.
  • In consultation with the Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement and Dean, 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 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 College’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. The annual fundraising goal for this position is $2,000,000.
  • Coordinate, host, and/or participate in College/University/Development-related programs/activities and create supportive material/information, as needed.
  • Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the 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 College’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 Health and Human Sciences and the programs across the College of HHS 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 Salesforce, Microsoft Outlook, and Office Suite.


  • Five or more years of experience in fund development, including solicitation of major gifts and/or related work experience is preferred.
  • Experience in higher education or other non-profit organizations is desired but not a requirement.
  • Bachelor’s degree required

If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process: https://www.applyatprf.com.  The application deadline is Tuesday, May 24, 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 veteran.        



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