Position Posted for Sr. Administrative Assistant, Annual Giving Programs

Dear Colleagues  –

The position of Senior Administrative Assistant for Annual Giving Programs has been posted to the ND jobs web page.  This position has a preferred candidate identified.

The position summary for this role follows: Performs a diverse set of advanced administrative, clerical and project management duties requiring strong interpersonal, organizational, analytical and computer skills. Serves as the assistant for the Sr. Director (SRD) of Annual Giving Programs and the senior leaders (Directors & Assoc. Directors) on the SRD’s leadership team.  Interacts with benefactors, University leaders, staff, faculty, alumni, and students on a daily basis.  Coordinates schedules and agendas for key stakeholders external to the University who are engaged in AGP strategic and tactical planning activities including Advisory Council Members and Trustees as necessary.  Manages the SRD’s schedule and monitors and supports preparation for meetings as appropriate.  Coordinates the integrated schedule for the AGP leadership team and manages the agendas, invitations and schedule for the AGP Operating Rhythm.  Prepares presentations, correspondence and other business documents. Maintains an organized office, including detailed files and records. Serves on projects and committees inside/outside Development as determined by the SRD.  Arranges travel for SRD and AGP leadership team members as required.

Thank you for your support of Annual Giving Programs as we continue to build best in class capability.

In Notre Dame,

Brian Couch

Position Posted for Director of Recognition Societies

Dear Colleagues –

The position of Director, Recognition Societies has been posted on the HR web page.   This position plays a key role as a part of the Annual Giving Programs Leadership Team.

The Director of Recognition Societies will be responsible for the general management of Notre Dame’s Annual Giving Recognition Societies (The Sorin Society, Order of St. Thomas More, John Cardinal O’Hara Society, Rockne Heritage Fund) including designing, planning, and executing fund-raising programs, marketing, communications, brand management and the donor experience required to achieve the revenue and participation plans for each society. The director will be responsible for $26 million in overall revenue in FY 2013 ($22 million unrestricted, $4 million restricted) and will lead 11 employees.  The employees reporting to this position are assigned to three different teams: Recognition Society Leaders (3), Major Gift Officers (3), Donor Experience (5).  A critical factor for success will be the achievement of a high level of engagement, satisfaction and donor relationship building within the Recognition Societies.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply on-line and contact me directly to discuss the position.

In Notre Dame,

Brian Couch
Sr. Director, Annual Giving Programs

Annual Giving Programs Blue Gold Weekend Events

The Tenth Annual Rockne Tailgate is being held prior to the Blue/Gold game on April 20th from 11-1. The tailgate tent will be located on the south lawn of Jordan Hall of Science. Invitations were sent to all donors in the Rockne Heritage Fund and RSVPs are required. Featured speaker – Coach Brian Kelly. Contact rocknedc@nd.edu with any questions.

The Recognition Societies will be hosting a pre-game reception on Saturday, April 20th  in O’Brien’s at The Compton Family Ice Arena from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Email invitations were sent this week to members of the Sorin Society, Order of St. Thomas More, Corby Society, John Cardinal O’Hara Society and Badin Guild with a link to a registration form.  Pre-registration is required, tickets are $20 per person.  Space is limited to the first 230 registrants and each member is limited to 6 tickets.  Contact Donor Experience at x5198 with any questions.

Laura O’Sullivan

UR Team Leading Relay Fundraising

Congratulations to University Relations!!!  Our UR Walking on Sunshine Relay for Life team is currently the top campus fund-raiser at more than $10,000.  I would like to thank everyone who has participated in our various fundraisers over the past few weeks, including our online auction, which brought in over $7,000.  I am continually amazed by the generosity and commitment not only of my awesome committee, but of University Relations as a whole.

Our team’s enthusiasm and passion has sparked a friendly rivalry on campus and now every other team’s goal is to beat us.  I say—GAME ON!    If everyone in UR were to register and donate $10, we could easily raise another $3,000.  In turn, if each of us recruited one other person, we could raise another $3,000.  Imagine the possibilities.

I am so proud of our accomplishment thus far, but if there is anything we in UR know how to do well, it is to raise money.  I invite all of you to join me in stepping up to this challenge, protect our first-place position and make a statement for a cause.

The link to our team page is:


Again, my sincere thanks.

Roberta, Team Captain, UR Walking on Sunshine

…rallying to turn rain into rainbows

Angel Hess to be Coordinator, Donor Experience

Dear Colleagues –


I am delighted to announce that Angel Hess will be advancing to the position of Coordinator, Donor Experience within Annual Giving Programs (AGP) effective April 22nd.  Angel joined AGP in 2012 and has had an immediate and extremely positive impact in her most recent role as Administrative Assistant for AGP.

She brings a uniquely high level of energy and personal engagement to her new role, along with significant organizational, logistics and tactical execution skills.  When combined with her tremendous love of people and a servant’s heart, these traits position her ideally to have a strong impact on the success of the Donor Experience organization.

This is an exciting time for the Donor Experience team as we prepare for a new level of service to Recognition Society members.  With the addition of Angel and the return of Candice Corbett from maternity leave on April 10th, we will be fully staffed in the Donor Experience organization.

Please join me in congratulating Angel and supporting her in her transition to the new role.

In Notre Dame,

Brian Couch, Sr. Director, Annual Giving Programs

Farewell to Stewardship’s Amanda Qualls

Stewardship Programs announces an opening for an Administrative Assistant, reporting directly to Libby Schleiffarth. This position will coordinate the acknowledgment process for Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and for Lou Nanni. He/she will also assist with endowment reports, recognition events, and stewardship programs. If you are interested in applying, the position will be posted this week (please contact your supervisor before applying).

At the same time, we wish to congratulate Amanda Qualls (ND 2010), who has served in this important role for the last nine months. She will leave on April 12 to assume a new role as director of training with the Lucy Burns Institute, a non-profit organization that connects the public to neutral political information through two websites, Judgepedia and Ballotpedia.  We are very sorry to see Amanda depart, but know she will bring the same enthusiasm, professionalism and expertise to the Institute.

Erin Bess will take responsibility for the acknowledgment process coordination after Amanda’s departure until a successful search is concluded. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Warm regards,

Katherine Lane, Director of Stewardship Programs

Welcome Martha Bennett to UR

I am writing to share that Martha Bennett will be joining University Relations as an administrative assistant in 405 Main. She will be replacing Del Lali as Del transitions to part-time and on-call work with the University. Martha brings to Notre Dame tremendous experience in both education and healthcare having worked at the Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes for nine years followed by thirteen years at Memorial Hospital and Health System. Most recently she has served as Memorial’s Radiation Oncology Office Coordinator where she helped brighten the days of those fighting cancer. She and her husband Dave have been married 29 years and have two daughters, Emily and Maggie. Martha will begin on Monday, March 25th.

Drew Buscareno

Holy Week Prayers

Holy Week Prayers and Station of the Cross

As we recount Jesus’ journey to the Cross, we offer to God our own burdens, failings, and brokenness which need healing and forgiveness. Mindful that Jesus suffered and died for our sake, we trust in the redemptive power of the risen Christ in our lives.

To prepare for the celebration of Easter, the Notre Dame community wants to support you through prayer in the following ways:

  • Visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HolyWeekGrottoPrayer to submit your prayer requests reflective of the needs you or loved ones have for healing. Your prayers will be prayed at the Grotto, trusting that through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus we are redeemed. Please submit all prayer requests by noon on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
  • Please join the Notre Dame campus community for the Stations of the Cross on Tuesday, March 26th at 8 p.m. at the Grotto. In the case of inclement weather, Stations will begin at the Basilica at 9 p.m. with a reconciliation service to follow. Prior to the Stations, all are welcome to join the Alumni Association at 7:30 p.m. at the Grotto to pray the prayers submitted to us on behalf of Notre Dame family throughout the world.

New Position: Producer/ Videographer/ Editor

I am happy to announce a new position in the Multimedia Services Department. The position of Producer/ Videographer/ Editor has been posted to the HR jobs website. We are expanding our staff and looking for an experienced video professional who has a commercial/ promotional production background and can independently lead video projects from conception to delivery. This is not an entry level position. This position will remain open until March 29, 2013, and a hiring team will evaluate candidates. If you know someone who may be an excellent candidate, please contact me at egrisoli@nd.edu.

Beth Grisoli, Director of Multimedia Services

Welcome Natella Micola to ESC

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in welcoming Natella Micola to the Development team. Effective Monday, March 18th, Natella will begin her role as Administrative Assistant, providing advanced administrative support and serving as the primary receptionist for Development at Eddy Street Commons.

Having served as an Executive Assistant at the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, Natella brings a valued skill set to her new position. Previous experience includes managing appointments, maintaining databases, and assisting the human resources department, financial unit, and Chief of Staff with various tasks and projects. Natella was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan where she learned to read, write, and speak Russian. After winning a Green Card lottery in 1999, her family moved to the United States and settled near close friends in South Bend, Indiana. She and her husband have two wonderful and energetic daughters ages 3 and 4.

Congratulations and welcome, Natella!

Robin Zastrow, Advancement Services Coordinator