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Foundations 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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Foundations Relations Program Director

University of Notre Dame

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

Applications will be accepted until 8/2/2021.

The University of Notre Dame is hiring a mission-driven Director of Foundation Relations to connect the resources of philanthropic foundations to academic objectives through faculty engagement, foundation relationship management, and proposal development. As a Director of Foundation Relations, this role works closely with colleagues on the Corporate and Foundation Relations team, a group of professionals focused on growing external support for faculty-led research through effective alignment strategy, proposal development, and stewardship. Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Foundation Relations, this Director will focus on advancing key priorities in the broad area of science, with a particular focus on the biology and chemistry disciplines. This individual will work directly with University faculty, staff, and administrators to understand, synthesize, and articulate research expertise and funding needs for a grantmaking audience. They will also proactively identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation partners on the local, regional, national, and international levels, matching funding opportunities with projects within the Academy. The Corporate and Foundation Relations team is responsible for securing $90M in philanthropic funds annually for University priorities. This Director will oversee a portfolio of faculty and foundations within their specific academic areas of focus, and will work to achieve an individual production goal.
Key qualities for success in this role include:
  • Strengths in analysis, strategy, and problem-solving
  • Results-driven motivation
  • Individual initiative and strong teamwork
  • Excellent written and oral communication of complex topics for general audience
  • Professionalism in collaborating with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders

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)
  • Demonstrated ability to develop proposals in a university setting (ie: grant writing, grant management, worked on a team under a grant, etc.)
  • Results-oriented: comfortable with production goals, accountability, independence, initiative, and teamwork
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal, written, and presentation)
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues, faculty, and foundation staff
  • 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 science

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s and/or Doctoral degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or biology highly preferred
  • Familiarity with and experience in a university setting is preferred (as a grad student, researcher, professor, grant manager, 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 # S22635. 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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