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Academic Advancement Director, College of Science

University of Notre Dame

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Academic Advancement Director, College of Science

Job Description

The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic academic community of higher learning, and our ability to successfully fundraise for our academic ambitions will help define our future. Unique in higher education, this is a role that is simultaneously at the heart of our academic community, and at the heart of our fundraising efforts, with the ability to influence both.

The Academic Advancement Director for the College of Science bridges the strategic goals of this unit with the passions of our donors. In this role, proactively and in partnership with front-line fundraisers, you will generate and present compelling proposals, seeking financial support from our donors for the College of Science. You will also be the trusted philanthropic advisor to the senior leaders of these units. You will work closely with Deans and other University leaders to engage academic and administrative partners in the College of Science, develop strategic plans and the related funding priorities, steward current donors, and effectively engage donors.

The single most important role of the Academic Advancement Director is to proactively drive proposals to donors. The individual will be expected to meet annual collaborative production goals as developed with the Senior Director.

The role reports to the Senior Director, Academic Advancement, and in pursuit of funding for Notre Dame College of Science, will proactively serve four primary constituents:
  • The leaders, faculty, and staff of the individual unit
  • Development fundraisers
  • University donors
  • Leadership and other staff of the Department of Development.

In collaboration with fundraisers, the Academic Advancement Director will:
  • Proactively build, develop, and manage a proposal pipeline;
  • Develop formal proposals to be presented to donors; and
  • Advance proposals from inception to conclusion.

In collaboration with the leaders, faculty, and staff of Notre Dame College of Science, the Academic Advancement Director will proactively:
  • Identify growth priorities for the Unit;
  • Develop and confirm funding needs; and
  • Assist in development of growth plans that will facilitate fundraising and donor engagement.

Key Activities and Goals:
  • With Development fundraisers, identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward fundraising prospects with capacity and inclination to make leadership level gifts.
  • Develop messaging, packaging, and engagement content related to the College of Science priorities, especially for opportunities to collaborate with fundraisers to identify existing and potential future donors to funding priorities and sponsors of unit specific and interdisciplinary research opportunities.
  • Advance within the areas of focus a culture of philanthropy and awareness of Development’s expectations, policies, processes, and procedures through formal and informal engagement of the the units
  • Together with peer Academic Advancement Directors and the For Good Administration team, identify, develop, confirm, and articulate messaging, packaging, and engagement around major initiatives that are understood and promotable by fundraisers.
  • Develop a vision for the College of Science that is consistent with the mission of Notre Dame in collaboration with the units you serve and other stakeholders that is understandable and promotable by fundraisers, resonating with non-academic external constituents of the University.
  • Develop and execute a plan to ensure effective stewardship and compliance of donors to the College of Science, and respond promptly and effectively to donor relations issues as and when they emerge.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At The University of Notre Dame we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Comfortable in a performance driven, transparent, accountable culture where goal achievement is highly valued
  • Evidence of effective collaboration across teams with diverse interests, experiences, backgrounds, and goals
  • Sales and / or brand management experience preferred
  • Knowledge of the role of philanthropy at universities. Record of success in translating complexity into clear ideas and effective communication.
  • Experience and record of success in writing and speaking clearly and persuasively
  • Evidence of ability to gain trust of leadership, and convince others to work for your interests
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree (4 years)
  • 5 to 6 years of experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite / Google collaboration suite, and able to quickly assimilate to proprietary and new technology
  • Ability to use existing and identify new technologies to improve efficiency and effectiveness

Preferred Qualifications

Must be willing to travel. Some evenings and weekends will be required.
Advanced degree may enhance qualifications.


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EIC 3 Specialist

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Up to $115,000 commensurate with experience

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