Identify and establish personal contact with prospective and current and prospective donors.
Advance relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
Collaborate with appropriate development, department and academic staff to develop prospect strategies and build relationships. Become familiar with and understand key initiatives of the unit.
Use the full complement of the fundraising process, including personal visits and “asks” to move the relationship forward.
Set specific objectives to effectively advance toward solicitation.
Prepare proposals and solicit prospects for annual gifts and for major gifts to secure a minimum annual goal of $2 million toward the unit’s fundraising goals.
Responsible for making a minimum of 144 visits annually with donors and prospects.
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’s prospect system (e.g., Pacesetter, ARC, etc.).
Prepare progress reports as needed.
Direct/coordinate stewardship activities for major donors, as requested, including the acknowledgement process, recognition events, and working with the Advancement Office on appropriate recognition.
Assist in the coordination of Homecoming, Regional Events, President’s Council football weekends, and other special events developed by the Advancement Office, the College or department.
Facilitate involvement of major donors in unit programs including classroom presentations, student activities, meetings with professors, advisory boards, etc.
Oversee planning of off-campus events as they relate to fundraising and as assigned.
Assist in the development of a marketing and communications plan that supports the unit’s priorities.
Continually improve professional competency through participation in and/or leadership in professional organizations and other not-for-profit organizations.
Highly motivated individual with strong relationship building skills and demonstrated capacity for leadership, organization and teamwork.
Strong conceptual understanding of development, public relations and marketing.
Strong professional communication and listening skills and ability to represent the University with tact and diplomacy at all levels.
Familiarity with the University and the programs of the College of Engineering are desirable.
Personal computer and related software skill, e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, database, Internet, etc. desirable.
Ability and willingness to travel is required.
Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Minimum of five years of experience in fund development including solicitation of major gifts and/or related work experience.
University experience a plus but not required.
About Purdue Research Foundation
The Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) helps to advance Purdue in the quest for discovery, learning and engagement.
We advance the mission of the University by managing and licensing Purdue's intellectual property, accepting gifts, administering trusts, acquiring property, and negotiating research contracts.