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Director of Development - Development - Fort Wayne

Requisition ID:  9954
Job Summary


Develop and execute a plan to increase resources for the university.  Activities include soliciting and securing major gifts to further the strategic plan of the university; building relationships with individual, corporate, and foundation donors through face-to-face meetings; stewarding existing donors to increase donor retention.  Reports to the Vice Chancellor for Development.




  • In cooperation with the Vice Chancellor for Development, develop and execute a plan to increase donations to the University through active interaction with donors within an assigned portfolio
  • Identify and establish personal contact with current and prospective major gift donors whose interest and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of strategically meeting the university fundraising goals
  • Orchestrate and execute the advancement of relationships with prospective donors through the appropriate stages of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Prepare proposals and solicit prospects for gifts in support of the University’s strategic plan and fundraising priorities
  • Collaborate with the appropriate development and academic staff to develop prospect strategies and build relationships
  • Host or co-host receptions and other donor events locally, regionally, and nationally
  • Attend university events as needed, including evenings and weekends
  • Participate in professional networking and educational opportunities


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Three years experience in fund development including solicitation of major gifts and/or related work experience
  • Knowledge of philanthropy and fundraising principles
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with excellent skills in writing and speaking
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and relationship building skills
  • Must be able to develop and execute a successful plan to manage a portfolio of approximately 125
  • Ability to address multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and achieve agreed upon measurable goals
  • Must be willing to function as part of a cohesive team, always working collegially and collaboratively




  • Experience in higher education or other non-profit organizations
  • Familiarity with programs and mission of Purdue University Fort Wayne


Additional Information:


  • For highest consideration, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment for this position
  • FLSA:  Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime Pay)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contributions Waiting Period
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks to develop and nurture its diversity.  Purdue Fort Wayne is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect.  Purdue Fort Wayne 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.

Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne