Director, Endowment and Gift Accounting

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Accounting & Finance
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, October 20, 2023


F&A FIN - Financial Operations

About the Department

Finance and Administration represents a committed group of people who serve the University in a variety of areas including financial services, information technology services, risk management, internal audit, compliance, human resources, and shared services.

The goal of our division is to provide the services and support needed to foster an environment of academic and research excellence at the University of Chicago. Our team is dedicated to collaborative partnerships with our colleagues and customers that lay the foundation for an exemplary service delivery process. Finance and Administration is fully aligned with the strategic and academic priorities of the University, and each of the units within our division is tasked with implementing the processes necessary to achieve lasting excellence.

Job Summary

The Director of Endowment and Gift Accounting leads and oversees the close to $10 billion endowment of the University of Chicago. The Director shows a strong commitment to succession planning and business continuity planning through training of direct reports. The Director acts as the top expert in all aspects of endowment and gift accounting at the University and shares expert knowledge with all units and departments with endowments and gifts. Internal and external stakeholders rely on the incumbent’s deep knowledge and ability to translate accounting aspects of the work to actionable recommendations.


  • Manages all aspects of the University’s $9.8 billion consolidated endowment accounting which includes creation and maintenance of approximately 4,200 individual endowment accounts; tracking pooled investment in Total Return Investment Pool (TRIP); and distribution and allocation of endowment payout, earnings, realized and unrealized gain distribution, including around twenty endowments invested outside of TRIP.
  • Provides quarterly and ad hoc reporting to other areas within Finance and Administration and to the various units.
  • During fiscal year end, prepares investment workpapers to generate investment and endowment footnotes.
  • Supports Fundriver, a web-based endowment management software program. The Fundriver Department Module allows departments/units across the University to access information on their endowment funds.
  • Supports ARD Donor Relations by providing annual donor reports for specified endowments upon request.
  • Tracks TRIP investment held by the Malpractice Self-Insurance trust and Phoenix Trusts, and several separate affiliates (Chapin Hall, Chicago Theological Seminary, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago).
  • Oversees accounting for approximately 2,800 individual restricted gift accounts and 2,400 associate accounts.
  • Oversees reconciliation of the Gift Clearance unapplied cash account to ensure timely flow of gift receipts.
  • Oversees tracking of $111 million Charitable Gift Annuity and 90 Charitable Remainder Trust portfolio administered by TIAA Kaspick.
  • Ensures proper distribution of residual funds from terminated annuity and life income funds.
  • Prepares monthly FAS accounting from download of investment transactions in the various custody accounts administered by Northern Trust.
  • Prepares annual workpapers for the University’s $2.1 billion pledge receivable portfolio, in order to recognize current year pledge activity for year-end financial reporting.
  • Reviews individual pledge documents to ensure GAAP compliance.
  • Advises on accounting transactions, collecting and analyzing accounting data, analyzing business results, and/or developing management reports.
  • Reviews and approves accounting and financial records and reports, including general ledger, financial statements, regulatory and management reports.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Extensive higher education experience.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency with spreadsheet and word processing software.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Business Objects advanced knowledge.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Financial Management

Role Impact

People Manager

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Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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