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Director of Development

Mount Notre Dame seeks a dynamic, talented, and strategic leader to serve as our next Director of Development. This full-time, 12-month senior administrator role reports directly to the President, serves on the school’s administrative team, and liaises with various parent and Board committees. The Director is responsible for creating a major gift culture and a culture of philanthropy throughout the MND community. This involves envisioning and executing a comprehensive development program, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities of financial benefactors through the Annual Fund, general endowment and scholarships, events and specific campaigns. The position also includes the engagement of alumnae and the development of a sustainable alumnae program. The Director of Development is responsible for the overall financial goals of the department and manages a professional staff of several direct reports.


  • Provides the leadership and road-map necessary for the MND Development Team to meet its goals.
  • Cultivates a culture of collaboration and communication among the development team, mentoring and guiding staff members with clear goals and regular   feedback, and ensuring the office is optimally structured and staffed.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Development Office, including the effectiveness and efficiencies of all processes and systems, the accuracy of donor histories and gift reporting, and the timeliness of stewardship.
  • Manages and communicates giving opportunities through a wide variety of platforms including personal meetings, presentations, direct mail, email, phone, audio/visual and electronic media.
  • Develops a culture of philanthropy through the development of a comprehensive educational and solicitation process within all constituencies.
  • Stays abreast of current trends and development practices.
  • Provides accurate, meaningful and timely financial reports and updates to the President, Board Development Committee and Board of Trustees regarding Development activities and progress toward goals.
  • Creates a sustainable alumnae program with the opportunity to strengthen connections with alumnae by developing multiple and varied avenues for engagement with MND and with each other.
  • Oversees key development and alumnae functions and events.
  • Develops and executes strategies to foster relationships with all constituents and the school in a sense of shared experience and common mission.
  • Manages the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals, families and corporate partners.
  • Develops a moves management system, with emphasis on management and  development of portfolios.
  • Sets direction for annual fund, fundraising events, endowment and scholarships, campaigns and alumnae relations.
  • Ensures all development volunteers are given clear expectations and the training and tools necessary to fulfill their role and support the school’s fundraising goals.
  • Effectively uses Raiser’s Edge Analytics, LinkedIn and other prospect research tools.
  • Provides the President with opportunities to engage and solicit a select group of donors and donor prospects and provides her the information and tools needed.
  • Works with Major Gift Officers to develop an effective timeline of activities for Annual Giving, Scholarship and Planned Giving campaigns.
  • Manages the processes of donor cultivation, solicitation, and appropriate follow-up, and stewardship for annual giving, alumnae giving, special events and other development programs.
  • Creates the annual operating plan for development activities of MND and oversees their execution to ensure achievement of the school’s philanthropic revenue goals, while managing the annual budget.
  • Monitors the Development policies regularly (e.g., Gift Acceptance, Events).
  • Maintains ongoing communication and an effective partnership with the business office.
  • Partners closely with the Director of Enrollment and Strategic Communications and the Director of Marketing and Communications, as a leader of the Advancement Team, to maintain accurate and consistent messaging to internal and external constituencies regarding MND’s mission, vision, values, accomplishments, and case for support. Additionally, collaborate efficiently for development publications, including all direct mail fundraising materials, the annual report, and the school magazine.


  • A minimum of five years demonstrated experience achieving a high level of success in a non-profit development management role; experience in education fundraising is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Preferred degree in Communication or Business Admin.
  • A strategic and systems-oriented thinker who sees the “big picture” and possesses the organizational skills, attention to detail, follow through, and high standards for ethics and excellence necessary to balance the externally facing responsibilities of the Director of Development role with effective day-to-day management.
  • An executive whose combination of gravitas, confidence, intellect, warmth, and genuine care for others allows him or her to command an audience and to build and sustain individual relationships with a wide variety of constituents.
  •  A team-oriented manager who sets clear goals, delegates to and empowers staff and volunteers, generates a sense of ownership, and maintains accountability for success.
  • Represent the school in the larger community in a positive manner that reflects the values of the school and participates enthusiastically in school events as necessary.
  • Exceptional communication skills to effectively and compellingly communicate the Mount Notre Dame mission, values, and vision.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software. Experience working with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge is strongly preferred.
  • Roman Catholic preferred.

Mount Notre Dame seeks to recruit, develop and retain the most talented staff from a diverse candidate pool.  Our goal is to build a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and to reflect the learning community we serve. Catholic candidate preferred.

Salary Range is $75,000-$85,000 based on experience

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Diane Barney, Director of Human Resources, at

Mount Notre Dame, founded in 1860 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, is the premier Catholic high school for young women in Cincinnati.  MND continues to carry on a strong tradition of educational excellence and spirited sisterhood with a current enrollment of 650 students, representing more than 100 different grade schools and 65 zip codes.  MND’s rich academic, spiritual and student development programs empower young women to learn, live, lead and serve.  The school’s Christ-centered approach is rooted in the mission and charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

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