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Join Our Team

The Purdue for Life Foundation helps people who love Purdue stay connected, get involved, and give back. Each day, the work we do makes a difference. You can see it. Your work may help make a student’s dreams come true, improve campus life for generations to come, and support research and discoveries that change the world. Your next giant leap starts here. Apply today!

Career Opportunities

Web Developer (Full Stack)

Develop high-performing websites and web applications with a focus on WordPress, including building and...

Senior Web Designer

Applicants must submit a portfolio with their resume and cover letter. This position involves in-person...

Associate Vice President for Donor Relations & Stewardship

Build, develop, and lead a comprehensive donor relations program and multi-year stewardship plan working closely...

Senior Director of Development, College of Education

In cooperation with the Chief Development Officer and working closely with the Dean and other...

Director of Development, John Martinson Honors College

The John Martinson Honors College is Purdue’s interdisciplinary college, dedicated to providing a transformative and...

Associate Director of Donor Relations

Facilitate donor-centered stewardship through strategic touchpoints that show gratitude, enhance the donor experience, and inspire...

Facility Assistant

The primary function of the Facilities Assistant is to assist the Facility Manager with the...

Assistant Director, Lifelong Learning

Provide assistance to the Director of Lifelong Learning in an effort to increase quality lifelong...

Assistant Director, International Engagement

Assist with operations of international alumni engagement program, encouraging continued engagement between international alumni and...

Director of Development, School of Mechanical Engineering

Identify ‎and establish ‎personal contact with prospective and current and prospective donors....

Project Manager, Stewardship Campaigns

Market the message that giving back to Purdue is appreciated, worthy, important, and desirable as...

Special Events Athletics Coordinator

Create unique guest experiences for alumni, donors and friends of Purdue Athletics. Plan and stage...

Director of Development, Student Life

Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the Student Life units and the...

Director of Regional Advancement

Under the supervision of the Executive Director of Regional Advancement, the Director of Regional Advancement...

Director of Development, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the unit and the University through...

Director of Development, Purdue School of Business

Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the School of Business and the...

Alumni Engagement Officer, College of Engineering

Provide alumni engagement programing for the College of Engineering....

Data Analyst

This position features a fast-paced environment working on the Salesforce reporting platform in a growing...

Senior Director of Development, Purdue School of Business

Develop and execute a plan to bring donors to the unit and the University through...

The Purdue for Life Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans, are encouraged to apply. Employees are treated during employment and qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.

Our Values

Two core values guide the work of our team:

Advancing Purdue Together

We understand we serve an organization that is bigger than any individual and that exists for the benefit of Purdue. Our collective purpose is to prioritize the long-term needs and strengthen the reputation of the university as we help people who love Purdue stay connected, get involved, and give back.

G.R.I.T. to Excellence

We work hard together to create wins for Purdue, understanding that any success is everyone’s success. We’re resilient when we face resistance, and we’re persistent in the pursuit of the next giant leap. We learn from our missteps, we prevail in the face of adversity, and we’re guided by G.R.I.T.—growth, responsibility, investment, and teamwork—on our path to achieving excellence.

Work With Us

The Purdue for Life Foundation was created in 2020 by uniting the Purdue Alumni Association and the University Development Office. Check out our annual impact report and watch the videos below to learn more about the impact of our collective efforts.

Learn more about Develop U—our in-house talent development team!

Headshot of Matt Folk, CEO of Purdue for Life Foundation
“Thanks to the generous support and personal involvement of alumni, friends, and fans from around the globe, combined with our talented team here at Purdue for Life, we are strengthening Purdue’s reputation in teaching and research while remaining affordable and accessible to brilliant young minds. I am proud to lead our Foundation, and I see no limits to what we can accomplish together.”

Matt Folk // President and CEO

Headshot of Nina Fox
“As a Purdue alum, I am proud to work for Purdue for Life and love seeing the impact our organization has on the university! I strongly believe in the importance of investing in others and love that I get to do that every day through my work with Develop U!

Nina Fox // Assistant Director of Learning and Talent Development

Headshot of Darrell Pirtle
“I joined Purdue for Life in August 2022, and my favorite thing so far is how quickly I felt prepared to succeed. Staff and leadership have a genuine desire to help you do your best work. The talent development programming has been an incredible help with getting me up to speed and learning everything!”

Darrell Pirtle // Associate Director of Development

Headshot of Maria Whipple
“My colleagues at the Foundation are fun, talented, and collaborative. This is important! Due to the fast-paced, dynamic nature of my job, where I get to engage with so many different people—alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and community leaders—our team has to be receptive to new initiatives and events if we are to find meaningful ways to advance the mission of Purdue.”

Maria Whipple // Director of Affinity Networks

Headshot of Matt Sampson
“Purdue for Life has been a breath of fresh air in my career. You are treated as an individual, and our leaders truly care about their team members. It is a rewarding experience getting to see firsthand what our Foundation does to advance the mission of Purdue.”

Matt Sampson // Assistant Director of Special Events

Headshot of Mary Seyfried
“I’ve been a part of this team for more than 35 years. I am passionate about what I do, and I love being able to work directly with donors to help them make an impact on the university.”

Mary Seyfried // Director of Donor Services

Headshot of Derek Ruiz
“As an alumnus of Purdue, I have found a great sense of pride in helping fellow Boilermakers around the world stay connected with our university and each other. I really enjoy hearing about the personal and professional lives of others and being able to provide information on how someone can have an impact and legacy that is most meaningful to them.”

Derek Ruiz // Senior Director of Development

Headshot of Courtney Downey
“I love working with my team as we make big things happen for Purdue Athletics. We had a record-breaking fundraising year, the largest in school history, and every single member of the team worked hard to contribute toward the overall goal. We have a great team culture that helps us thrive at work. It’s a dream come true.”

Courtney Downey // Assistant Athletics Director-Development Operations

Headshot of Safar Saydshoev
“I get to work on a variety of interesting projects, such as the webpage you’re scrolling through right now! I love being able to do this with a flexible work schedule that allows me to work from home when I need to. Although I’m not in the office every day, I have great relationships with my colleagues and look forward to our fun social events.”

Safar Saydshoev // Senior Web Developer

Headshot of Lisa Sultemeier
“I appreciate the measure of flexibility afforded me in reaching for work-life balance. Purdue for Life continues to set a great example in this area, facilitating a culture where one is encouraged to take time to care for the holistic self as well as tend to family needs.”

Lisa Sultemeier // Executive Assistant

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Headshot of Matt Folk, CEO of Purdue for Life Foundation
“Thanks to the generous support and personal involvement of alumni, friends, and fans from around the globe, combined with our talented team here at Purdue for Life, we are strengthening Purdue’s reputation in teaching and research while remaining affordable and accessible to brilliant young minds. I am proud to lead our Foundation, and I see no limits to what we can accomplish together.”

Matt Folk // President and CEO

Headshot of Nina Fox
“As a Purdue alum, I am proud to work for Purdue for Life and love seeing the impact our organization has on the university! I strongly believe in the importance of investing in others and love that I get to do that every day through my work with Develop U!

Nina Fox // Assistant Director of Learning and Talent Development

Headshot of Darrell Pirtle
“I joined Purdue for Life in August 2022, and my favorite thing so far is how quickly I felt prepared to succeed. Staff and leadership have a genuine desire to help you do your best work. The talent development programming has been an incredible help with getting me up to speed and learning everything!”

Darrell Pirtle // Associate Director of Development

Headshot of Maria Whipple
“My colleagues at the Foundation are fun, talented, and collaborative. This is important! Due to the fast-paced, dynamic nature of my job, where I get to engage with so many different people—alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and community leaders—our team has to be receptive to new initiatives and events if we are to find meaningful ways to advance the mission of Purdue.”

Maria Whipple // Director of Affinity Networks

Headshot of Matt Sampson
“Purdue for Life has been a breath of fresh air in my career. You are treated as an individual, and our leaders truly care about their team members. It is a rewarding experience getting to see firsthand what our Foundation does to advance the mission of Purdue.”

Matt Sampson // Assistant Director of Special Events

Headshot of Mary Seyfried
“I’ve been a part of this team for more than 35 years. I am passionate about what I do, and I love being able to work directly with donors to help them make an impact on the university.”

Mary Seyfried // Director of Donor Services

Headshot of Derek Ruiz
“As an alumnus of Purdue, I have found a great sense of pride in helping fellow Boilermakers around the world stay connected with our university and each other. I really enjoy hearing about the personal and professional lives of others and being able to provide information on how someone can have an impact and legacy that is most meaningful to them.”

Derek Ruiz // Senior Director of Development

Headshot of Courtney Downey
“I love working with my team as we make big things happen for Purdue Athletics. We had a record-breaking fundraising year, the largest in school history, and every single member of the team worked hard to contribute toward the overall goal. We have a great team culture that helps us thrive at work. It’s a dream come true.”

Courtney Downey // Assistant Athletics Director-Development Operations

Headshot of Safar Saydshoev
“I get to work on a variety of interesting projects, such as the webpage you’re scrolling through right now! I love being able to do this with a flexible work schedule that allows me to work from home when I need to. Although I’m not in the office every day, I have great relationships with my colleagues and look forward to our fun social events.”

Safar Saydshoev // Senior Web Developer

Headshot of Lisa Sultemeier
“I appreciate the measure of flexibility afforded me in reaching for work-life balance. Purdue for Life continues to set a great example in this area, facilitating a culture where one is encouraged to take time to care for the holistic self as well as tend to family needs.”

Lisa Sultemeier // Executive Assistant

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