Accounting Manager – Endowment and Deferred Gifts Program

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-648932
    • Job Location: Chicago, IL
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 12, 2018
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Context Information

The ELCA Foundation works with the Mission Advancement (MA) unit of the churchwide organization to sustain and grow ministries of the ELCA. With the MA it is responsible for major gifts and deferred giving programs for individual donors and pooled investment opportunities for ELCA related ministries.

Job Purpose

This position is primarily responsible for managing the administration and accounting functions of the Endowment and Deferred Gift Programs. This position collaborates with inter-unit and intra-unit functions that support the endowment program, including gift development, gift processing and donor services, investments, accounts payable, information technology, and legal/regulatory compliance.

Job Responsibilities

1. Supervise and direct the work of Endowment Fund Pooled Trust accounting staff, including staff development.

2. Supervise and direct the work of the Deferred Gifts accounting staff related to administration and accounting functions for the Charitable Gift Annuity and Charitable Remainder Trust programs.

3. Manage the accounting functions for the Endowment Fund Pooled Trust. Including review and approval of capturing new accounts, account funding, maturities, and preparation and approval of selected accounting entries on a timely basis. Assist accounting management in monitoring the performance or facilitate with third party administrators for the performance of the same.

4. Prepare management and other stakeholder reports, including accompanying analysis, for various monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual results of the Endowment Fund Pooled.

5. Prepare monthly cash analysis to determine how much, if any, should be transferred between investment and cash accounts. Obtain signatures and provide form to appropriate 3rd parties. Settle inter-company due to/from accounts.

6. Review and approve account reconciliations related to the endowment and deferred gift programs, ensuring accuracy of gift and accounting results and resolving outstanding items timely, including but not limited to the annual roll-forward reconciliation.

7. Prepare audit schedules and footnotes for financial statement reporting as assigned. Ensure that all accounting policies and critical procedures are properly documented.

8. Serve as backup for administration and accounting functions related to the ELCA’s endowment and deferred gift programs.

9. In collaboration with gift development, gift processing, finance and information technology staff, identify and implement process and reporting enhancement opportunities.

10. Perform other duties as requested.


Minimal travel required.

Physical Effort.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. This position requires sitting for long periods of time. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience and Skills:

1. Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or equivalent experience, knowledge of Accounting Principles generally accepted in the United States, solid knowledge of not-for-profit accounting. More than three years’ experience in a non-profit environment. Experience with actuarial valuation and/or investments.

2. Technical Skills: Ability to utilize technology in executing processes and analyzing results. Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office products skills and experience with accounting software is required. Familiarity with platforms such as HWA International - TrustProcessor, Sungard - ONESolution and/or Blackbaud - CRM is a plus.

3. Demonstrated ability to work with confidential information, maintaining strong personal and organizational integrity in security matters.

4. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to work closely with both internal and external constituents.

5. Excellent organizational skills along with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, strong attention to detail and deadlines, and ability to manage multiple projects.

6. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills with an attention to detail, customer-service orientation and ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment, as well as ability to handle conflict in a constructive/positive way.

7. Management and supervisor experience to perform coaching, reviews, hiring and mentoring.

Required certifications or licenses:

A Bachelor’s Degree in accounting with seven or more years of experience preferred. Non-profit experience preferred. CPA preferred.