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Corporate Relations, Program Director

University of Notre Dame
Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 18, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations
Employment Type
Full Time
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Corporate Relations, Program Director

University of Notre Dame

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

Applications will be accepted until 7/25/2021.

The University of Notre Dame is hiring a mission-driven Program Director of Corporate Relations to inspire and actualize corporate funding of academic objectives through faculty engagement, corporate relationship cultivation, and proposal development.
Are you a Force for Good? Do you desire to make a meaningful impact with your work? Do you enjoy collaborating with a variety of stakeholders to create win-win relationships?
Can you imagine yourself enabling world-class research and empowering bright and ambitious Notre Dame students? If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes” - please read on!

The Program Director for Corporate Relations works closely within the Corporate and Foundation Relations team, a group of professionals focused on growing external support for faculty-led research and corporate philanthropy through effective ideation and concept development. You work directly with faculty, staff, and administrators to understand, synthesize, and articulate research expertise and priorities for a corporate audience. You will also proactively identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward corporations on a local, regional, national, and international level.

Does this sound like you?
Analytical, creative, and able to approach a concept from multiple angles? Do you appreciate working independently with initiative and strong intrinsic motivation, and also find success in a team environment with a servant-leadership style? With your excellent writing and editing skills, effective communication style, and navigational ease within both an academic setting and a corporate environment, you will be able to successfully understand and communicate complex ideas to multiple constituents in ways that are compelling and coherent to each.
The Program Director of Corporate Relations is intellectually curious and a synthesizer of knowledge! You will be challenged to advance key priorities in the broad areas of engineering and science, such as Diversity and Inclusion, Experiential Learning, Big Data, Nano Hardware, Research Computing, Membranes, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Hypersonics, Turbomachinery, Wireless, Sustainability, Water, Precision Medicine, Neuroscience, Patient Advocacy and Rare Disease.

To achieve individual, team, and University goals, you will manage and grow your portfolio of corporate relationships through engagement and ideation with internal faculty, staff, and administrators and through building broad multifaceted relationships with companies. As the Corporate Relations Program Director, you will lead the planning and implementation of major fundraising efforts on behalf of your faculty constituents and in support of other University priorities. Fund-raising efforts will start at the leadership level ($100k) and tend toward the principal gift level ($5M+).

As you work to directly support the mission of Notre Dame, we are working to support you. To learn more about working at the University of Notre Dame, from our inclusive environment, professional growth opportunities, and outstanding benefits programs (including our amazing 403B, educational benefits, and health programs), visit our HR Homepage to learn more.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree (4 years)
  • 7 + years of experience (graduate school, research, professional, and/or fundraising)
  • Comfortable with production goals, accountability, independence, and teamwork
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal, written, and presentation)
  • Finesse to effectively work with senior corporate executives and within academic leadership
  • Capacity to understand and communicate technical information to a variety of stakeholders; adaptable communication style
  • Initiative and curiosity to learn about new areas of study related to engineering, science, and other related fields

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in engineering or science is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, lead, and execute successful multi-million dollar strategies in complex university/academic environments preferred.
  • Familiarity with and experience in a university setting is preferred (as a grad student, researcher, professor, CR fundraiser, etc.).

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!

This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at

Equal Opportunity Employment Statement 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 those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. 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).

Please apply online at to Job # S21585. For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search.

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