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Director, Regional Development

Position Information

Position Information

Job Title Director, Regional Development
Job Description

Our mission is to unlock the grace of giving in advancing Notre Dame’s mission. We value trust, transparency, teamwork, driving change, feedback and fun. If this sounds like something you want to join, then read on! This role is based on the beautiful campus of Notre Dame, and will serve as a front-line fundraiser supporting the University’s development efforts. The expectation is to create strategy and key performance activities to build ongoing relationships with benefactors within a region of the United States (i.e. east, west, midwest or south). You will use your proven relationship skills to work closely with academic leaders and Development Department colleagues to identify, cultivate, steward and secure leadership level philanthropic gifts to support the University’s priorities. Each relationship begins with listening and understanding what the benefactor tells you is most important in their lives. With their passions as your guide, you will bring the benefactor into a closer, more personal relationship with Notre Dame, culminating in significant support of that area of the University that aligns with his / her most closely held interests. Travel to the respective region to meet benefactors, get to know them, their families and their world view at a very intimate level is involved.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identification, cultivation and solicitation that joins together the philanthropic interests of donors with the priorities and needs of the University.
  • 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 mechanisms.

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
Special Instructions to Applicants
Department Development-Individual Giving (21035)
Department Website
Family / Sub-Family Ext/Int Relations / Regional Dvlpmt
Career Stream/Level EIC 2 Professional
Department Hiring Pay Range Commensurate with experience.
Pay ID Semi-Monthly
FLSA Status S1 - FT Exempt
Job Category Administrator/Professional
Job Type Full-time
Schedule: Days of Week & Hours
Schedule: Hours/Week
Schedule: # of months

Posting Detail Information

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 60-300.5(a).

Posting Detail Information

Job Posting Date (Campus) 02/06/2017
Job Posting Date (Public)
Job Closing Date 06/30/2018
Posting Type Open To All Applicants
Posting Number S15613

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Are you a regular full or part-time employee of the University of Notre Dame?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Do you possess a Bachelor's Degree?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents