UW-Foundation Director of Finance - 18765

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The UW-Whitewater Foundation in the division of University Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a Director of Finance, (Advancement Services Director, AV020).

This position is ideal for someone who enjoys working as a member of the senior leadership team at the Foundation. The Director of Finance has direct working relationships with the University and Foundation Board and its committees. An excellent opportunity for a candidate who enjoys working with a small collaborative team on a day-to-day basis to support the Foundation's mission.  And has the added benefit of working on a high energy college campus!

Academic staff positions are provided fixed term appointments with annual renewals unless otherwise noted. Reappointment for subsequent terms is dependent upon performance, university funding and external forces.


The Director of Finance is responsible for all financial aspects of the UW-Whitewater Foundation and its subsidiary, Warhawk Real Estate Foundation, LLC, independent fundraising arms of the University.  This leadership position is responsible for financial operations including: financial and accounting policies, tax filing, regulatory requirements, financial budgeting, forecasting and modeling, investment of assets and endowment fund management. The Director of Finance will bring to the position an analytical perspective that will enable the unit to set a standard for efficiency and effective financial management needs of the Foundation.   As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director is an active participant with other senior leaders and the Foundation Board in setting the strategic direction of the organization. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field
  • Professional certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Five years of progressively responsible financial management experience, ideally with experience in foundation or nonprofit accounting
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting software, corporate principals, and financial analysis
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office products

Desired Characteristics:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) or another masters-level degree with a concentration in finance or economics
  • Experience in Blackbaud products (Financial Edge, Raiser’s Edge, Raiser’s Edge NXT)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities
  • An analytical mind with good organizational skills
  • Outstanding leadership skills

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds


Financial and Accounting Management:

  • Oversees accounting to ensure that revenue and expenditures are managed and recorded and financial statements are prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA), as adopted by the state of Wisconsin
  • Prepares monthly financial statements and other management reports and analysis in support of the financial management of the organization
  • Work with Foundation Accountant and Chief Operating Officer, to ensure cash disbursement operations remain in compliance with policies, reconciliations are completed and expenditures are accurately recorded. Provide leadership to ensure processes have strong internal controls
  • Acts as staff support for the Foundation Board Audit & Investment Committee, including meeting and event facilitation, regular member communication, report preparation and presentation of financial information and other financial reports, as needed, for the Foundation Board and its committees.  Serves as the Foundation liaison to outside investment advisors for Foundation endowment and other assets.  With the Audit & Investment committee, ensures regular assessment of investment advisors, Investment Policy Statement and compliance with its asset allocation and spending policy
  • Prepares an annual budget for the Foundation with input from Foundation leaders and University stakeholders and monitors and reports on performance
  • Prepares data for Foundation annual report, using Financial Edge, Raiser’s Edge and Raiser’s Edge NXT systems
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for external auditors to complete an annual audit and in preparation of the Foundation’s consolidated and audited financial statements.  Facilitates action plans required to address operational weaknesses cited by the auditors
  • Manages endowment funds, working capital, credit lines and cash assets under the policies, guidelines, and performance benchmarks established by the Foundation and its Board
  • Ensures that all required federal and state tax and regulatory filings are completed accurately and on a timely basis
  • Manages financial policies to ensure they are maintained with strong internal controls, communicated and complied with by Foundation personnel
  • Assumes additional projects or other duties as assigned


  • Participates in strategic planning, providing financial analysis and projections, decision-making and input for the development and implementation of organizational objectives and goals
  • Supports the monitoring and reporting of key metrics supporting organizational performance goals
  • Engages with Vice Chancellor, Foundation Board leadership, Executive Directors, Major Gift Officers, the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Alumni Relations Officer, and additional University leadership to align financial management with short- and long-term financial planning
  • Participates and supports the Warhawk Real Estate Foundation Board in its management of real estate-related activities

Team Management:

  • Directly responsible for management of the Foundation Accountant and assigned work
  • Collaborates with Foundation leadership to ensure strong internal financial management and address questions or concerns about any financial systems, processes or transactions
  • When applicable, may manage additional resources such as student or temporary and project help


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater’s main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater’s campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.

UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary within a range of $80,000-$120,000 commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.

Additionally, this position offers a hybrid work option and business casual dress. The incumbent will be available until early December to assist in training and knowledge transfer. 


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources. UW-Whitewater is not an e-verify employer; therefore, STEM extensions are not options for work authorization. 


Applications received by October 3, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Katie Kuznacic

Interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations





Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for three professional references

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