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Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm


Commensurate with experience


Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.


Bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree is desirable.



  • Commitment to the mission and vision of Valparaiso University.
  • Minimum of 10 years' successful moves-based major gifts and principal gifts experience, including a proven track record in soliciting and closing seven-figure gifts.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills. Ability to manage multiple projects under deadline. Must be detail-oriented and have the ability to produce high-quality work under deadline. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to work with highly confidential information, and the ability to interact regularly with a diverse set of constituents (board members, senior administrators, campus colleagues, alumni, parents, friends, etc).
  • A willingness to travel significantly, and to work during evenings and weekends when required.
  • A bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree is desirable.

Job Summary:

Valparaiso University is moving forward on a path of growth and innovations, energized by a recently completed Strategic Plan. As a Lutheran institution constituted by people of many faiths and backgrounds. Valparaiso University is built on a historic undergraduate foundation in the liberal arts, and also offers outstanding professional and graduate programs in engineering, nursing, business and law.

Valparaiso University now invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Principal Gifts.



The Director of Principal Gifts is a member of the senior leadership team within Institutional Advancement and reports directly to the Vice President. The Director is responsible for managing a portfolio of prospects who are capable of making transformational gifts of $1M and more. Working in partnership with senior colleagues in the division, as well as with the Vice President and President, the Director of Principal gifts will create and manage strategies that move principal gift prospects through the gift cycle successfully.


THE Director of Principal Gifts will:

  • Work collegially and cooperatively with the Executive Director of Major Gifts, the Executive Director of Advancement Operations and Campaign Planning, the Director of Gift Planning, the Vice President, and the President to identify, Cultivate, solicit and close outright and deferred gifts of $1 million and more ins support of University strategic priorities. Design and manage a process whereby individual engagement and solicitation plans for principal gift prospects are created, reviewed, assigned, managed, and executed for Valparaiso University's Top 100 prospects (the "Presidential Prospects").
  • Successfully solicit and close gifts and commitments of $1M and more from uniquely assigned prospects, and in tandem with principal gifts prospects who are co-managed by the Director and another member of the Advancement team.
  • Create and manage unique engagement opportunities and programs for the Presidential Prospects, including a new presidential advisory board.
  • Provide staff support to the Vice President and President in their cultivation and solicitation moves with principal gifts prospects and donors.
  • Prepare supporting materials for use in the solicitations of principal gifts prospects and donors.
  • Work closely with prospect research staff in defining and discovering the gift capacity, affinity for Valpo, and giving inclinations of principal gifts prospects.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.


To be considered for this position:

Step 1:  Complete the Valparaiso University Employment Application.

Step 2:  Send electronic copy of cover letter, resume and list of references.

Step 3: Please complete the EEO form. (Completion of this form is strictly voluntary, however, we would appreciate your input).

All materials can be sent electronically to (OR) fax to 219-464-6887.


Please address cover letter to:

Lisa Hollander, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Loke Hall
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, IN  46383


Equal Employment Opportunity - Non-Discrimination and Commitment to Diversity - (Informational material)


Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experience to help constitute a diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at:


NOTICE: Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Valparaiso University participates in E-VERIFY to confirm work authorization.