Director, Fund Management (Contract) - 8895
Company: University of California - Merced
Posted on: November 22, 2020
This position is a three (3) year renewable contract with
Job Closing Date
The application review will begin on 10/5/2020 and continue until
position is filled.
About UC Merced
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the
University of California system's 10 campuses and the first
American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly
8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an
environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion,
collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's,
master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic
partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is
continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and
dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S.
News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide
educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San
Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a
special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the
cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and
supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion
public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher
education. The Merced 2020 Project nearly doubled the physical
capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student
success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the
Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative
building located in the heart of Merced.
About the Department
External Relations raises funds and develops partnerships to
support faculty, students and programs, and builds relationships
that advance the mission of UC Merced with government, community,
business, industry and opinion leaders, through strategic
communications, public outreach and visibility strategies. External
Relations supports the work of the UC Merced Foundation, a
volunteer fundraising board that helps promote and increase private
philanthropic support, advocates for the university and manages a
portion of the university's endowment.
The division comprises several departments: Alumni Relations, Arts,
Government and Community Relations, Marketing, Philanthropy and
Strategic Partnerships, Protocol and Special Events, and Public
About the Job
Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced, fundraising professional.
Plans, schedules, and implements moderate-sized, comprehensive
fundraising and alumni relations projects and programs, including
specific fundraising programs such as annual fund, alumni
relations, research, etc. May coordinate and oversee the work of
support staff and/or other professionals. Demonstrates good
judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining
solutions. Position is expected to raise gift dollar amounts as
established at each fundraiser specialization.
* The Director serves as a liaison between External Relations
staff, campus fund managers, General Accounting, Budget and UCOP
providing expertise on matters of gift and fund management.
* The Director will ensure compliance with University policies and
outside regulatory agencies to meet fiduciary responsibilities.
* This Director will assist with policy development and manage the
day to day fund-related operations including monitoring turnaround
time, workflow issues, and providing excellent frontline customer
* The Director is responsible for developing, implementing and
managing the reporting models for communication of fund balances
financial information to campus, UCOP and other external users.
This includes serving as primary contact for campus units for
information and advice regarding gift and endowment fund activity.
* Reviews all gift agreements to provide recommendations to
management and evaluate classification and proper administrative
actions necessary to proceed for the benefit of either the Regents
or the Foundation.
* The Director will work very closely with the Gift Administration
unit on gift fund issues and will serve as the in-house expert for
policy related to
administering gift funds and coordinates with University Counsel as
* The Director is responsible for ensuring the AVC and VC and other
External Relations and campus leaders are apprised of critical
needs or issues
when they arise and require immediate attention especially when
these may have a donor relations implication. * The Director is
responsible for working very closely with program managers across
campus to ensure that all gifts and endowment payout are spent
according to donor intent.
* In addition, the Director will devise a training strategy for
campus gift fund management, provide training programs for various
External Relations staff members and campus partners and maintain
and expand training materials and resources for the unit as
* The Director will work closely with the Director of Stewardship
as it relates to annual donor reporting to ensure integrity of the
financial data and gift terms.
* Maintains a working knowledge of stewardship functions in order
to provide cross-trained support when necessary. This may include,
but is not limited to, support of stewardship financial reporting
functions and communications and it relates to gift use.
* Supports special projects and initiatives as it related to fund
and gift management.
Bachelor's degree in related area and minimum of five (5) years
experience is required.
Licenses: Maintain a valid US Driver's License
Knowledge & Skills
* Knowledge Skills Five years of prior experience managing programs
and/or staff involved in the compilation, review, analysis and
reconciliation of funds, accounts, expenditures or other related
* Experience in a complex university advancement services,
fundraising or similarly structured environment including the
management and processing of large volumes of information.
* Ability to quickly and efficiently learn university and IRS
policies and regulations.
* Strong written and interpersonal communication skills to
establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the
organization and with outside constituencies.
* Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills, including
aptitude in creative and effective decision-making and problem
identification, avoidance and resolution.
* Strong skills in maintaining confidentiality.
* Willingness to work evenings and weekends.
* Excellent computer skills: Microsoft Office, database software
(experience with Raiser s Edge preferred) and online research.
* Strong analytical skills with the ability to conduct research,
think strategically, analyze information and complex multifaceted
problems and situations in order to develop strategies for problem
resolution and program planning.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and
affirmative action policy see:
As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be
a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and
Tobacco Free policy is available at
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