Director of Gift Administration

The LSU Foundation is looking for an eager and prudent professional to grow with our Donor Relations team! This individual will serve as a subject-matter expert to pinpoint and solve gift and fund issues while on leading a comprehensive, university-wide donor compliance program.

Baton Rouge, LA

LSU Foundation

<p>The LSU Foundation is the primary fundraising entity for academics at LSU.&nbsp;The LSU Foundation's sole purpose to provide philanthropic support to LSU, which we accomplish through the work of a campus-wide team of frontline development officers and a support team of advancement services, communications and marketing, donor relations, financial and talent management personnel. &nbsp;</p>

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Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

Overview: <p>Reporting to the Senior Director of Donor Relations, the Director of Gift Administration is responsible for leading a comprehensive, university-wide donor compliance program. This includes designing, developing, implementing and evaluating processes to ensure compliance with donor endowment provisions, applicable laws, policies, and rules and the effective stewardship of endowment and current use funds. The position is also responsible for retaining the integrity of donor documentation and accounts through continual oversight and review of donations received to gift funds, managing the execution of gift agreements and overseeing fund management to ensure that donor intent is honored.&nbsp;</p> <p>The role serves as a subject-matter expert and resource for all LSU affiliates, colleges, units and campuses belonging to the LSU system and requires extensive collaboration to pinpoint and solve gift and fund issues and prevent donor relations issues. This position collaborates at the highest level with LSU leadership and LSU Foundation leadership to ensure the University&rsquo;s most generous donors are actively and intentionally connected to their giving, and the University and community at large.</p>
Responsibilities: <p><strong>Essential Duties &amp; Responsibilities</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>(30%) Gift administration:</strong>&nbsp;Review gift agreements in consultation with fundraising staff, CFO&rsquo;s Office, and the Office of the General Counsel, structuring provisions to address the unique circumstances of each gift and donor intent. Ensure all gift agreements are fully executed by, and routed to, relevant parties. Enhance opportunities and systems to disseminate information and resources to aid in successful and compliant gift administration. Act as an expert resource regarding the usage of restricted gifts, develop resources tailored to enhance staff understanding of gift agreement guidelines and issues.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>(30%) Audit donor funds:</strong>&nbsp;Manage a system-wide endowment compliance program to ensure adherence to endowment provisions, applicable laws, policies and rules. Drive annual compliance reviews and regularly monitor the progress of funds to address issues that impede the fulfillment of donor intent. Special focus is given to funds with exceptions or special handling requirements as well as those that are underutilized or underfunded. Ensure funds are closed in a timely fashion and that gift dollars are expended efficiently. Research and respond to inquiries regarding endowment and expendable fund compliance issues and coordinate responses with other LSU offices as appropriate.</li> <li><strong>(20%) Resolve issues with donor-funded faculty positions:</strong>&nbsp;Serve as partner to Academic Affairs and colleges regarding best practices of endowed chairs, professorships and other endowed faculty positions. Regularly review filled/unfilled endowed faculty fund reports and examine current use fund activity for compliance with donor intent and Board of Regents policies; perform unit reviews for appropriate use of gift funds and timeliness of expenditures.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>(10%) Manage training, processes and policies:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Lead a university-wide compliance user group to disseminate information and share best practices. Develop and deliver compliance training to fund administrators and other staff members involved with the management of donor funds. Coordinate meeting agendas, content, reports and other presentations as needed to support regular meetings. Create and oversee maintenance of policies and procedures for all gift and donor records, gift accounting and reporting and quality control functions.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>(10%) Support donor reporting:</strong>&nbsp;Partner with donor relations colleagues to build efficiencies and enhance content for endowment reporting and other impact reports. Maintain collaborative relationships with other university departments and fund managers to gather and review information to produce accurate, meaningful and timely donor reports to endowment, capital and current-use donors.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Marginal Duties &amp; Responsibilities&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Serves as project lead for the development of the Foundation&rsquo;s compliance program.</li> <li>Participates in and contributes to the University-wide Donor Relations Council; and&nbsp;</li> <li>Identifies educational resources and opportunities for the colleges, units and campuses pertaining to gift administration, compliance and reporting.</li> </ul>
Requirements: <div class="job-listing-header"><strong>Requirements</strong></div> <div data-bind="html: Job.Requirements"> <ul> <li>Bachelor&rsquo;s degree and 4-6 years of progressive experience in a development, nonprofit or university setting, with an emphasis in donor relations, stewardship or gift/grant administration.&nbsp;</li> <li>Similar level of experience in an audit or compliance role or work experience involving analysis and evaluation leading to the development or improvement of organizational policies, procedures or practices may be considered.&nbsp;</li> <li>Proven project management experience along with demonstrated analytical, strategic-thinking, adaptability, communication and relationship-building skills are essential.</li> <li>Proficiency in philanthropic fund management and reporting, and corporate and departmental accounting practices, procedures and principles.</li> <li>Working knowledge of databases such as Raiser&rsquo;s Edge, Advance or similar and proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, with an emphasis on Excel and PowerPoint.</li> <li>Experience developing presentations, reports and training programs. &nbsp;</li> <li>Must be extraordinarily organized, demonstrate a meticulous attention to detail, be able to work effectively in a team and juggle multiple and varied tasks simultaneously.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Preferred Knowledge &amp; Skill Qualifications</strong></p> <ul> <li>Master&rsquo;s degree and/or Certified Fund-raising Executive (CFRE) is desirable.&nbsp;</li> <li>Experience working on large and complex fundraising projects especially major, multi-year capital campaigns, with specific experience in donor stewardship.&nbsp;</li> <li>Ideal candidate will have regularly participated in professional associations such as the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Donor Relations Professionals, Association of Advancement Services Professional or Association of Fundraising Professionals.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Supervisory Responsibilities&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>May be responsible for managing one individual as the donor relations team grows.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Work Environment Requirements</strong></p> <ul> <li>May be required to occasionally work extended workdays, evenings and weekends.</li> </ul> </div>