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.
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.
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.
About Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A merger of three Lutheran churches formed the ELCA in 1988. They were The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America.
Now 30 years later, the ELCA is a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.
We trace our roots back through the mid-17th century, when early Lutherans came to America from Europe, settling in the Virgin Islands and the area that is now known as New York. Even before that, Martin Luther sought reform for the church in the 16th century, laying the framework for our beliefs.
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