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Program Director, Foundation Relations

University of Notre Dame

Job Title: Program Director, Foundation Relations
Reference Code: 1230463
Job Location: Notre Dame , IN
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Development/advancement, alumni affairs
Deans, directors, registrar
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Date Posted: 2018-05-30
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Program Director, Foundation Relations

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame ( is accepting applications for a Program Director, Foundation Relations.

Applications will be accepted until 6/15/2018.

Job Description

The Director for Foundation Relations is charged with supporting the University's strategic academic objectives through (a) faculty engagement; (b) concept/proposal development (including idea/project management); and (c ) foundation relations. As part of a central development staff, the successful candidate will work across the University with faculty, staff, and administrators to surface, devise, and implement strategic academic fundraising initiatives to bolster the University's research enterprise. This candidate will play a critical role in Development's interaction with the Academy and Notre Dame Research.

The Director works with a group of professionals focused on growing external support for faculty-led research, scholarship, and teaching through effective ideation and concept development. The Director will work directly with faculty to understand, synthesize, and articulate research to potential funders. The successful candidate is analytical, creative, and able to approach a concept from multiple angles. The successful candidate has superior writing and editing skills, is an effective communicator and able leader, is comfortable and familiar with an academic setting, and earns respect and credibility with ease.

The Director is responsible for proactively indentifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding foundations on a local, regional, national, and international level. The incumbent will manage a personal portfolio of foundation relationships, which will include leading the planning and implementation of major fundraising efforts on behalf of his/her faculty constituents and in support of other University priorities. The disciplines in which the Director will work are science and engineering. In this role, the Director will engage primarily with departments, centers, and institutes within and related to the College of Science and College of Engineering.

Duties and Responsibilities:

FOUNDATION RELATIONS (25%): Serve as lead development officer on a select portfolio of institutional prospects, managing all phases of the development process, including: Identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; perform extensive research and analysis of potential alignments; Keep updated on institutional news and giving trends; Proactively identify faculty projects & institutional initiatives that align well with foundation interests; Initiate, design, execute, and evaluate strategies and tactics to expand pool of foundation prospects and create connections that lead to sustained relationships; Develop and execute strategies to engage foundations based on capacity and alignment with University priorities and strengths. Work to secure ND representation on the boards and other leadership groups that direct the future of institutional philanthropy. The incumbent's fund-raising efforts will start at the leadership level ($100k) and tend toward the principal gift level ($5M+).

In consultation with senior university leaders, deans, and the Senior Director of Foundation Relations, develop and execute fundraising strategies for developed ideas.

RESEARCH/PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT (25%): Assist in developing plans for the team to cultivate and solicit a targeted top 50 foundations for assigned academic areas; Develop and execute an aggressive schedule of in-person institutional meetings; Contact institutional officials on a regular basis to proactively explore areas of synergy, and introduce faculty and programs to institutional officers; Communicate with foundations through emails, calls, and visits; Coordinate meetings for institutional reps with faculty and senior leadership; Coordinate campus visits; Develop aggressive submission schedule of LOIs and proposals (50+/yr); Perform gift acknowledgement and grant reporting; Draft, edit/review, finalize letters of inquiry and full proposals on behalf of and in coordination with faculty; Ensure that proposal ideas align with foundations' focus areas and interests.

FACULTY ENGAGEMENT (20%): Work directly with faculty to surface, explore, synthesize, articulate, and prioritize academic ‘ideas' for philanthropic solicitation from various sources; Manage discussions with internal and external partners to strengthen engagement with faculty in developing the research initiatives that will enhance future foundation support; Bring funding opportunities to appropriate faculty; Convene and collaborate with faculty from various disciplines to develop projects that align with specific foundation interests; Help identify external collaborators and secure letters of support from academic, corporate, government, or non-governmental collaborators for proposals; Work with Notre Dame Research to develop proposal budgets; Attend faculty presentations and departmental/college events.

IDEATION AND MANAGEMENT (25%): Maintain, cultivate, and grow ideas on campus that will result in foundation giving; Maintain deep knowledge of faculty research and organization priorities; Collaborate to develop innovative research initiatives and programs that align with university priorities as determined by the President, Provost, and Deans. Some large research initiatives will be multi-investigator, cross-divisional and possibly even multi-institutional in nature, requiring resources from a variety of funders. Coordinate strategies and tactics with offices university-wide.

ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS (5%): With the aid of an administrative assistant, follow through on correspondence, meetings, research reports, visitations, travel, proposal development, etc.; Engage with research colleagues across campus, including the offices of research, research and sponsored programs accounting, and college-based research administrators; Provide support for Notre Dame Research limited submission process; Maintain timely and complete records (contact reports, proposals, etc.) within development database at all times; Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree (4 years) in a science or engineering field
  • Master's and/or Doctoral degree highly preferred
  • 7 or more years of experience
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal, written, and presentation) are required.
  • Must possess the ability to work effectively with senior foundation executives and program officers, as well as faculty members.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop/lead/execute successful multi-million dollar strategies in complex university/academic environments preferred.
  • Familiarity with and experience in a top-tier research university is preferred.
  • A results-oriented professional who works well in a team-setting is a must.

Preferred Qualifications
Must be willing to travel domestically with some international travel as required. Frequent engagements on weekends and evenings will be required.

Information and Application Process Instructions

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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 60-300.5(a).

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