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Director, Regional Development

University of Notre Dame

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Director, Regional Development

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We are growing! If you’re considering a job change, especially into a stable organization whose sole purpose and unwavering priority is to help others For Good- please click this link to schedule 20 minutes to chat with our Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant to learn more!

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 you are ready to embrace each day, knowing that your work advances the mission of Notre Dame to make a positive, lasting impact in the world, then you have found the best role you will ever have.

Located on the beautiful campus of Notre Dame, this role serves as a front-line fundraiser supporting the University’s development efforts. You will build meaningful, long-term relationships with benefactors within a designated region of the United States. Using your proven relationship skills, you will also 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.

Why this team? Why now?
You currently enjoy the career you’ve worked so diligently to build, but may be wondering “what is it all for?” and "what is the lasting impact of my work?” If you are ready to parlay your hard-won skills and success toward making a more meaningful impact on the world, especially as a “powerful means for good” now more than ever, you would love this role helping Notre Dame do exactly that.

If you are seeking a role in which relationships are the core, unchanging priority – this is the perfect place to be. In this role, relationships begin 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 their most closely held interests.
You will travel to your designated region to meet benefactors, getting to know and understand them, their families, and their world view at a very intimate level. You will also develop close relationships with the smart, dedicated colleagues all around you, making this a truly great place to work. If you feel a close connection to Notre Dame – the mission, the people, the campus, and the impact that we make together – this will be the best place you ever call home.

What are the goals of this role?
  • Identification, cultivation and solicitation that joins together the philanthropic interests of donors with the priorities and needs of the University.
  • Develop significant long-term relationships with current and 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.
  • Attend a significant number of regional and campus events as a representative of the University. Travel, evening, and weekend activity is routine. 
  • Promote teamwork within your region and across the Development Department, working as a true partner to match each donor’s vision with the needs of the University.

Our mission is to be a Force for Good in the world, and that means supporting your goals, too! Whatever matters most to you, from childcare to professional development to retirement, the University of Notre Dame offers an amazing array of benefits to support and enhance wherever you are in life. To learn more, visit Our Benefits Page!"


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 5 + years of professional work experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of closing complex agreements, including interaction with C-suite level of clients or benefactors; or, demonstrated success in cultivating and soliciting significant gifts.
  • Comfortable and effective in dealing with high net worth individuals as demonstrated by success in roles with this type of exposure and experience.
  • Ability to easily develop rapport with and networks of leadership-level benefactors.
  • Excellent critical listening skills, including the ability to ask relevant questions at the right time.
  • Effective at establishing collegial working relationships within the department and across campus.
  • Demonstrated superb oral and written communications skills.
  • Proven ability to set priorities and map direction on concurrent fronts.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and prioritization skills; typically evidenced by experience with complex projects from concept to execution.
  • Strategic mindset: ability to be forward-thinking and to create long-term relationships for maximum gifts, rather than focusing on single transactions.
  • Willingness and ability to learn relevant tax and estate law and planned giving mechanisms.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 50% to your designated region. You own and manage your travel schedule to accommodate your priorities.
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings, especially during football season and during special events.

Because of the nature of this position, certain additional qualities will be key to the success of the individual in this role. They include:
  • Deep commitment to Notre Dame’s mission and core values.
  • Ability to inspire and engender a passion for Notre Dame.
  • Unparalleled personal integrity.
  • 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.


Development-AVP Regional Dev (21035)

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EIC 2 Professional

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