Executive Director for Endowment and Restricted Funds
Case Western Reserve University 112 reviews - Cleveland, OH

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The Executive Director of Endowment and Restricted Funds is responsible for all custodial, record keeping, investment management, stewardship, reporting and management of Board-designated, endowment, and other restricted funds.


  • Prepare and/or review Board resolutions to authorize establishment of restricted funds and other special accounts within the University.
  • Establish and maintain the authentic central file of documentation related to each fund including wills, probate documents, gift agreements, gift receipt, donor correspondence, etc.
  • Coordinate with Development the receipt of donor funds. Coordinate the movement of funds to the “Pool” or to an external trustee.
  • Establish discreet restricted funds as appropriate and carry out obligations associated with each, including but not limited to a) Record receipt, investment, appropriation, and usage associated with restricted funds; b) Create and promote the use of management reports on the activity surrounding restricted funds; and c) Ensure optimal usage of funds in compliance with restrictions, including advocating donor’s intent in usage of funds.
  • Advise President, Provost, CFO, and Deans on use of discretionary funds.
  • Educate fund directors on obligations and responsibilities of stewardship and usage of endowments and other restricted funds.
  • Identify idle funds and advise fund manager of recommended use in compliance with donor’s intent.
  • Identify idle funds which are candidates for re-designation or candidate for petition to the State of Ohio Attorney General for release of restriction.
  • Regularly review all funds for required disclosures and necessary updates.
  • Evaluate investment performance of specific purpose funds to ensure fund returns meet donor’s intent.
  • Keep current and compliant of best business practices in as changes in relevant regulations, laws, and accounting pronouncements occur.
  • Participate in timely, accurate closing of funds as part of trial balance closes.
  • Prepare information related to special projects such as annual donor communication.
  • Prepare annual report for Board and President on restricted funds.
  • Manage external relationships with custodial trusts.
  • Manage external relationships with donor’s professional advisors.
  • Coordinate with external foundations, corporations, agencies etc. surrounding attainment and subsequent receipt of payment and expenditures.
  • Prepare required reporting as needed.


  • Participate in strategic planning of CWRU.
  • Support long range plans of each management center.
  • Support long range plans for funded scholarship and student aid.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Department: CFO, Controller, Treasurer, Chief Investment Officer, Vice President-Financial Planning,

    University: Board Committees, President, Provost, Deans, Business Officers, General Counsel Office, SVP-Development, SVP-Administration, and VP-Communication

    External: Donors, Custodial Banks, Attorneys, Accountants, Foundations, Agencies, Corporations, etc.

    Students: Little or no contact with students.


    Directly supervising 2 FTE’s. Indirectly supervising fund managers of over 3,000 restricted funds.


    Experience: 10 to 15 years progressive experience in restricted funds management, investment and compliance.

    Education/Certification: Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in business.; advanced degree in business or law strongly preferred.


  • Thorough understanding of all estate planning (wills, trusts) and inter vivos gift agreements terms and their ramifications (business law).
  • Experience in investment and treasury management, such as portfolio management, asset allocation and liability matched returns.
  • Document management related to restricted funds.
  • Board governance activities supporting restricted funds.
  • UPMIFA and other legal obligations related to restricted funds. Accounting classifications, transactions, and reporting requirements for restricted funds. Long range financial forecasting.
  • Expertise in accounting, treasury, investment, forecasting, legislative/legal, document imaging/ management system, ERP (PeopleSoft preferred)

    General office environment.


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