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Regional Development Director

Posted on Jan 24, 2019 by University of Notre Dame

Portland, OR 97201
Admin & Secretarial
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
Full-Time

Portland, OR

What you will do as a Director of Regional Development at Notre Dame:

  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts that join together the philanthropic goals of donors with the priorities and needs of the University.
  • Educate benefactors about Notre Dame's current and future efforts in academics, research, entrepreneurship, faith, and other programs with global impacts.
  • 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.
  • Cultivate and nurture a regional portfolio of prospects who have a connection with or interest in the University of Notre Dame.
  • Create strategies and key performance activities to build long-lasting relationships with benefactors within a region of the United States.
  • Meet measurements of success as established by leadership for personal, team, and university goals.
  • Attend a significant number of regional and campus events as a representative of the University. Travel (approximately 50%) as well as evening and weekend activity is routine.
  • Serve as a true partner with peers and colleagues to match donor visions with the needs of the University, share ideas and outcomes, and support one another in all endeavors.

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 C-suite level benefactors or customers.
  • High level of interpersonal skills, including prior experience or readiness to work with high net worth individuals.
  • Adaptable communication style: ability to develop rapport and build networks of leadership-level benefactors utilizing superb oral and written communications skills.
  • Strategic mindset: create long-term relationships to maximize donor philanthropy in lieu of single transactions.
  • Collaboration: effective at building collegial working relationships.
  • Prioritization: ability to set priorities and map direction on concurrent fronts.
  • Time management and organizational skills: manage complex projects from concept to execution.
  • Willingness to learn relevant tax and estate law and planned giving mechanisms.
  • Ability and willingness to regularly travel up to 50% of the time including some weekends and evenings.
  • Willingness to relocate to Notre Dame/South Bend, IN.

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:

  • Ability to inspire and engender a passion for Notre Dame.
  • Deep commitment to Notre Dame's mission and core values.
  • Intellectual curiosity in a wide range of interests related to the dimensions of an academic institution like Notre Dame.
  • Outcomes-oriented work style.
  • Unparalleled personal integrity.
  • Optimistic and empowered attitude.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial mind set.


Since its founding almost 200 years ago, the University of Notre Dame has endeavored to become a powerful means for doing good in this country. As the preeminent Catholic research university in the world, we offer outstanding educational opportunities for diverse students from all faiths, backgrounds, and interests - and inspire them to heal, unify and enlighten a world deeply in need. Through our alumni, faculty, and friends around the world, we seek to make the world a better place by recognizing and promoting the human dignity of all.

As we continue to advance our mission, we are growing our top-tier Development Team. This team engages those who strongly identify with the values and mission of Notre Dame, and wish to make a lasting impact on the University with the gift of philanthropy. We strive to ensure that our talented team reflects the diverse backgrounds, interests, and passions of our donors and benefactors.

As a Director for Regional Development working on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana, you will serve as a front-line fundraiser supporting the University's development efforts. Your ability to articulate your connection with or passion for Notre Dame will inspire those who share our values, goals, and mission in a deeply meaningful way. This unique role combines your expertise in relationship sales or fundraising with your desire to impact the future of the University of Notre Dame, and the world, by raising financial support for both ground-breaking new research and programs as well as the traditions that connect us. You do not have to be an alumna/us for Notre Dame to be meaningful to you; there are many other ways to feel an affinity for and dedication to our mission that will resonate with our internal teams and our benefactors. We seek to build creative, diverse teams who reflect our donors and benefactors and their unique perspectives and passions to leave a lasting impact.

Notre Dame is a special place; we would love to hear your story.



Since its founding, the University of Notre Dame has sought to be one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country. As the preeminent Catholic research university in the world, it offers outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that forms students to heal, unify and enlighten a world deeply in need. It is located in Notre Dame, Indiana and is adjacent to the city of South Bend.



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