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1 Dec 2015

Full-Time Program Director, Development

University of Notre Dame – Posted by SACJobs Notre Dame, Indiana, United States

Job Description

The Program Director, Development represents the University of Notre
Dame with leading benefactors within a certain geographic area of the
United States. Close leadership level philanthropic gifts in support of
the University’s fundraising priorities. This involves working in
partnership with academic leaders and Development Department
colleagues to develop and execute identification, cultivation and
solicitation strategies that join together the philanthropic interests of
donors with the priorities and needs of the University, structuring gifts
appropriately to each benefactor. This position will be based in South
Bend, IN.

Duties & Responsibilities:

– Identification, cultivation and solicitation that joins together the
philanthropic interests of donors with the priorities and needs of the
– Attend a significant number of regional and campus events as a
representative of the University. Travel (approximately 50% of work
time) as well as evening and weekend activity is routine.
– Develop significant long-term relationships with current and potential
future benefactors whose resources will be integral to supporting the
mission of Notre Dame. Establish and maintain a rapport with each
benefactor and encourage, support and sustain the benefactor’s
philanthropic relationship with Notre Dame.
– Promote teamwork within the region and across the development
department and work as a true partner with peers to provide match
donor vision with the needs to the University..

Minimum Qualifications:

– Bachelor’s degree.
– 5-6 years’ experience.
– Demonstrated success in cultivating and soliciting gifts, or a
demonstrated track record of closing complex agreements including
interaction with CEO level benefactors or customers.
– Interpersonal and communication skills-incumbent must be
comfortable and effective in dealing with high net worth individuals.
Superb oral and written communications skills.
– Ability to easily develop rapport/networks of leadership level
benefactors. Effective at collegial working relationships.
– Ability to set priorities and map direction on concurrent fronts.
– Management of a complex project from concept to execution; time
management and organizational skills.
– Ability to be forward-thinking and to create long-term relationships for
maximum gifts rather than one-time transactions.
– Willingness to learn relevant tax and estate law and planned giving
In addition to these qualifications, because of the nature of this position,
certain personal qualities are key to the success of the individual in this
role. They include:
– Unparalleled personal integrity.
– Ability to inspire and engender a passion for Notre Dame.
– Outcomes-oriented work style.
– Optimistic and empowered attitude.
– Creative and entrepreneurial mind set.
– Intellectual curiosity in a wide range of interests related to the
dimensions of an academic institution like Notre Dame.
– Deep commitment to Notre Dame’s mission and core values.
– Ability and willingness to travel up to 50% of the time including some
weekends and evenings.

Preferred Qualifications:

The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F.
Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent,
national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Ind. For the fifth
consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received Honor Roll
distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the
country in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Great Colleges
to Work For” survey…and we are proud of it!

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the
highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an
Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally
diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female
and minority candidates and others that will enhance our community.
Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or
disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered
contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals
with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-

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Education: Bachelor’s Degree Required
Work Experience: 5-7 Years

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Job Categories: Development and Fundraising. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Development and Program Director. Salaries: TBD - Based on Experience.


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