Senior Director, Foundation Relations - University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame Indiana

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

United States


Detailed Job Description

University of Notre Dame

Senior Director, Foundation Relations

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

Applications will be accepted until 5/1/2016.

The Senior Director of Foundation Relations will serve as the leader of the Foundation Relations team and is charged with leading the planning, organization and implementation of a best in class program with the goal of significantly increasing foundation support for the University's key academic objectives. The Senior Director will provide leadership in working with the Foundation Team to effectively engage with the Academy, especially our faculty to understand, synthesize and present strategic research in the most compelling manner to appropriate foundations. The Senior Director is also responsible for directing the Foundation Team to ensure that we are proactively identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding appropriate private foundations on a local, regional, national and international level. This person will manage a portfolio of key foundation relationships, as well as the portfolio distribution across the entire team. This person must also work closely with leaders in the development department, especially those who also engage regularly with our academic leadership and faculty (e.g. Associate Vice President, the Senior Director of Corporate Relations, the Senior Director of Academic Advancement and the corporate/academic advancement teams), to fully integrate our academic advancement strategy and to maximize our fundraising success.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Lead the Foundation Relations Team to maximize philanthropy:
- Create a high performing foundation relations team with aggressive fundraising goals.
- Work closely with the Foundation Relations Team in developing and executing annual strategic fundraising plans.
- The resulting annual fundraising plans should clearly articulate key academic priority objectives and strategies/tactics, including specific activities (e.g. in-person executive leadership engagement, aggressive schedule for drafting letters of inquiry and full proposals, campus visits, foundation visits, etc.) that will take place with foundations and key faculty during the fiscal year.

Provide oversight, mentorship, collaboration and direction for faculty engagement:
- Create a collaborative environment, especially with the academic advancement team members, to enhance our strategic interactions with faculty and academic leaders.
- Coach the foundation relations team regarding where and how to collaborate with faculty to identify, further develop, package and prioritize academic ideas for foundation support. - Provide access to Deans, Associate Deans, VP for Research and other academic leaders where appropriate to enhance and confirm strategic academic priorities and their philanthropic potential.
- Work closely with Senior Directors of Corporate Relations and Academic Advancement to ensure an integrated approach around academic priorities.

Manage a portfolio of targeted foundation relationships:
- Serve as lead development officer on a select portfolio of key foundation prospects ($1M+), managing all phases of the development process, including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Extensive research and analysis of potential alignments.
- Keeping abreast of institutional news and giving trends.
- Proactively identifying faculty projects & institutional initiatives that align well with foundation interests.
- Involving executive leadership in the overall strategy.
- Collaborating with academic advancement and other colleagues to enhance foundation partnerships.

Provide mentorship and administrative oversight as leader of Foundation Relations:
- Invest in the professional development of the foundation relations team, including an administrative assistant and analyst. - Foster a collaborative environment that promotes teamwork within the foundation relations team and across the broader academic advancement and development team.
- Engage with important research collaborators across campus, including the Vice President for Research, the Office of Research, the Provost Office, the heads of the Strategic Research Initiatives, etc.
- Work with Senior Regional Directors and their teams to improve our field fundraisers ability to cultivate and solicit academic priorities.

Minimum Qualifications:

- BA/BS degree required.
- 5 to 6 years’ experience.
- Experience in creating a vision and plan for leading teams to greater success.
- Ability to develop people, influence stakeholders, manage change and create a collaborative yet results-oriented culture.
- Experience, knowledge, and record of success in philanthropic fundraising. – Track record of working with foundations, including senior executives and program officers, and universities to deliver on seven figure plus philanthropic grants. – Experience collaborating and influencing in a top-tier research university, especially with faculty and academic leaders.
- Exceptional communications skills (verbal, written and presentation) required.
- Must be focused on a highly collaborative approach .
- Expectations include results orientation, pride in accountability, self initiative, planful, ability to prioritize in a multi-tasking environment, high emotional intelligence.
- Must be willing to travel domestically and on occasion internationally to engage with top tier foundations.
- The nature of philanthropic work will require frequent engagements on weekends and evenings.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Masters and/or Doctoral degree highly preferred.

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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Keyword Phrases

  • Foundation
  • Relations
  • Senior Director, Foundation Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Development and Fund Raising
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: At least 5 years
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume