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University of Notre Dame
  • Position Number: 1167546
  • Location: Notre Dame, IN
  • Position Type: Development and Fund Raising

University of Notre Dame

Director, Donor Communications, Recognition and Stewardship

The University of Notre Dame ( is accepting applications for a Director, Donor Communications, Recognition and Stewardship.

Applications will be accepted until 3/5/2018.

Our Development team is committed to unlocking the grace of giving while putting into practice transparency, grit, unity, and fun. We are seeking an energetic and experienced change leader with managerial experience and a keen interest in process improvement to lead one of our Stewardship teams. This director must be passionate about relationship building, as partnerships with other ND colleagues and vendors as well as direct contact with benefactors will be essential. The fast-paced work environment where the ability to juggle many priorities

simultaneously will require grace under pressure.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee stewardship communications, including the acknowledgment program, the annual Stewardship Report, event programs, and principal donor communications such as capital reporting and photo books.

  • Oversee all benefactor recognition across campus, implementing standards that are both creative and consistent among donors. Serve as strategic partner with University Architect and Facilities & Design to ensure capital donors receive appropriate public recognition, in addition to reporting and ongoing stewardship.

  • Partner with colleagues in Principal Gifts to create, execute, and track personalized stewardship plans for key benefactors, encompassing special donor touches, principal donor communications, and appropriate recognition.

  • Plan and execute broad cumulative donor recognition events, University Dedications, as well as unique Days of Stewardship for principal and transformational donors.

  • Build a cumulative stewardship program for donors who climb the giving ladder, reaching the $100,000, $250,000, $500,000, $1 million, and $5 million milestones.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelors or Masters degree or advanced certification beyond Bachelors
  • Bachelors degree in communications, marketing, English, journalism, business, or other appropriate field.
  • 7 or more years of experience
  • Experience with and knowledge of the philanthropic giving cycle is essential. Strong writing, communication, and computer skills are necessary.
  • Must be highly organized and able to work in fast-paced, demanding environment. Leadership and team building experience desired.

Preferred Qualifications:

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).

Please apply online at to Job # S17897. 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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