Chief Advancement Officer

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Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a fully accredited, independent, Catholic, coeducational university. Founded in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in San Jose, the University moved to Belmont, California in 1923 where its beautiful, wooded campus is nestled along the Pacific Coast Mountains, midway between San Jose and San Francisco. The University is transitioning to graduate programs, including online, hybrid, and in person courses and the possibility of degree completion program/s with the local Community College District. Celebrating its 170th year of service to the community, NDNU offers highly recognized credential and master’s programs in education, clinical psychology, and business including both the MBA and the MPA. Notre Dame de Namur University has a history of community engagement, rooted in the university’s mission of social justice and global peace, and teaching “what you need to know for life.” 



Founded upon the values of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and rooted in the Catholic tradition, Notre Dame de Namur University serves its students and the community by providing excellent professional and academic programs in which community engagement and the values of social justice and global peace are integral to the learning experience. NDNU is a diverse and inclusive learning community that challenges each member to consciously apply values and ethics in his or her personal, professional, and public life.


Notre Dame de Namur University will be recognized in the San Francisco Bay Area as a leader in integrating community engagement into high quality academic programs. NDNU’s programs will be widely known for their innovative synthesis of liberal arts learning, professionally oriented learning, and core values.


Reporting to the President, the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) is responsible for leadership and vision for donor development, alumni relations, and foundation funding. The CAO will oversee the functions of the Advancement Office including working with the President to manage their portfolio of prospects, prospect research on potential new donors, overseeing database management functions, scholarship and endowment tracking, alumni relations, and stewarding alumni and donors. In addition, the CAO will work with the Special Assistant to the President on all communications to all constituents, events planning and coordinating as well as all direct mailings.

The CAO will be the University President’s partner in developing new sources of funding and identifying high-capacity donors. Identifying potential foundation, private, and government funding is a top priority. This will require strategic positioning of the President to maximize fundraising success. Specific responsibilities include:


The successful candidate will:

  • Display entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Have excellent communication and strong interpersonal skills which are critical to the CAO’s role as a persuasive advocate for the University.
  • Be able to earn the respect of students, faculty, staff, Board members, alumni, volunteers, donor prospects, business leaders, government officials, and the local community.
  • Demonstrate high-energy and creative vision and the courage to succeed.


  • Maintain presence and accessibility to the campus community and constituents.
  • Expand NDNU’s donor base, increase alumni engagement, and enhance giving.
  • Manage a portfolio of prospects and donors for the President and assist in preparation for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Determine background, strategies, and action steps needed to identify and develop major and new donors.
  • Have experience or can demonstrate proficiency with Raiser’s Edge and/or Raiser’s Edge NXTManage and coordinate prospect management and donor movement.
  • Develop and coordinate an effective program for recognition, involvement, and stewardship of donors.
  • Oversee the gift processing, donor records, and database management functions.
  • Review changes to database for consistency and accuracy.
  • Work with the Finance Office to maintain a tracking system for endowed and restricted scholarship funds.
  • Oversee the endowed scholarship program and act as liaison between the donors and students, including providing an annual status update to donors.
  • Create and implement innovative direct mailing pieces to constituents.
  • Assist with annual audit, including providing reports for Finance Office and auditors for development gift records.



Candidates will have strong experience in development positions with demonstrated success. Solid and sustained experience in fundraising leadership and external relations is important. The Chief Advancement Officer will have a proven track record of success as an advocate and spokesperson for his/her organization.


An appropriate earned terminal or professional degree or equivalent experience is required.


Notre Dame de Namur University offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Relocation assistance, if needed, is available.

The University is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to non-discrimination in its hiring and other employment practices and in the application of its personnel policies. In compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists, employment decisions will be made irrespective of the staff member's race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except for minors), sex, marital status, citizenship status, military service status, sexual orientation, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic condition), disability and/or any another status protected by law.

Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a fully accredited, independent, Catholic, coeducational university. Founded in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in San Jose, the University moved to Belmont, California in 1923 where its…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    November 1, 2021
  • Education
    Doctorate (PhD) Required


1500 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002, USA

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