Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director of Donor Relations, this position is responsible for management and strategic oversight of all facets of gift agreements and fund administration. This position will ensure that donors’ intentions for giving to the university are accurately documented and that the university’s priorities are financially supported while maintaining legal standards and university policies and procedures. In this capacity, the position serves as a liaison and advisor to gift officers, University Advancement leadership, and university staff and faculty throughout the gift solicitation process including reviewing proposals, writing gift agreements, and handling fund administration and stewardship.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oversee the process for drafting gift agreements and other forms of gift documentation in partnership with central and unit University Advancement staff in conformance with approved documentation guidelines. Develop new strategies and provide recommendations to Advancement leadership for improved gift documentation policies and procedures. Maintain a robust knowledge of legal, compliance, and university policy issues pertaining to gift language and acceptance in order to provide accurate and up-to-date guidance.
Supervise the gift agreement and fund administration team.
Work with the Senior Associate Director of Stewardship on the endowed fund audit and help implement recommendations set forth by the endowed fund audit executive committee.
Implement a process for reviewing gift proposals to ensure that gift opportunities, university policies and procedures, and fundraising needs are congruous.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Five to seven years of non-profit and/or advancement experience or related experience.
Highly motivated and results-oriented individual.
Intellectual curiosity and a quick-learner.
Strong writing and proofreading skills with precise attention to detail.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to research, analyze, and synthesize complex information.
Confident and collaborative.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Capacity to develop productive relationships at all levels, establish trust, and provide thoughtful counsel.
Law degree, experience working in a law firm, or other related experiences working with contracts and agreements.
Knowledge of charitable giving techniques and related laws and regulations.
Deep understanding of institutional development, donor relations, and stewardship.
Proven track record of effectively working and leading in a large, complex, dynamic and sophisticated organization.
Experience in higher education, stewardship, or gift management.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure, juggle competing priorities, manage projects, organize time, and identify resources for projects.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of University Advancement. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.