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Type of Role: Investments

Experience Level: VP/Principal/Director

Location: Manhattan, Kansas

Salary: $200K - $200K

The KSU Foundation is Kansas State’s strategic partner for philanthropy. That means we help you make a difference in the world through Kansas State people and programs.


What we offer:

  • Competitive benefits package including health, dental, company paid life insurance, and a variety of voluntary benefits. A 403(b) retirement plan with 10% company contribution
  • Paid leave including vacation, sick, personal and volunteer. Six weeks of paid parental leave. Paid holidays and company paid HSA contributions. A work environment that embraces flexibility inside of a framework
  • Mission-driven work that changes the lives of people around the world
  • Tuition and certification assistance and a $300 annual reimbursement wellness program
  • View more benefits here!

The Director of Investments works in cooperation with the investment team in implementing investment policies and procedures for investment management. This position assists in portfolio management of the investable assets of the organization, with direct responsibility for due diligence on existing and prospective investment managers and analysis/reporting on pooled funds. As an experienced team member, the Director leads by example and offers assistance, mentorship and guidance to new or less experienced members of the organization.

A day in the life of the Director of Investments could be:

  1. Lead and own the investment research effort of the investment process including maintaining and evolving the process to maximize efficiencies.
  2. Lead the sourcing, diligence, and monitoring of current and prospective public and private managers across global asset classes. This includes preparing and updating fund manager research reports and maintaining and developing dashboards and other monitoring processes to support the due diligence effort.
  3. Participate in investor calls, annual investor meetings, due diligence visits and evaluate periodic manager reports.
  4. Work closely with investment accounting colleagues in review and reconciliation of Foundation pooled funds’ performance reports.
  5. Collaborate with unit lead on operational responsibilities including rebalancing portfolios and monitoring the expendable funds pool operating policy balance.
  6. Produce quarterly performance and risk/return analytics on endowed and expendable assets and present to asset management committee quarterly and various internal groups and external fund holders periodically.
  7. Produce documentation as requested by auditors.
  8. Serve as a resource for donors, colleagues, campus partners, affiliated organizations and others for investment information as requested.
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance or related field
  • 5+ years of institutional portfolio management experience, including the selection and monitoring of outside managers
  • Surety bond insurable
  • Detailed understanding of investment theory, global economics, and financial markets with working knowledge of business processes in such areas as venture capital, private equity, real estate, etc.
  • Excellent organizational, motivational, verbal communication and composition, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to meet deadlines
  • A valid motor vehicle operator’s license and acceptable driving record

What we want:

  • CFA designation or other professional credentials like CFP, CAIA, FRM, CMT, etc.
  • Experience and knowledge with private capital and other alternative investments
  • Experience with Bloomberg, Investran, eVestment, Burgiss and other investment programs
  • Basic knowledge of fund accounting
  • Experience with non-profits, ideally in higher education


  • Recruit, supervise, and mentor part-time student investment assistant(s).



  • Position requires overnight and multi-day travel around the country and limited international travel


  • Manhattan, Kansas (onsite)

Commitment to Inclusion and Belonging

The Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for all employees to succeed by creating an environment that is inclusive and draws upon the strength of the diverse backgrounds and personal experiences of our team.

Employees cultivate a supportive, welcoming, inclusive, and equitable work environment that allows everyone to feel connected to the organization’s mission and contribute to their full potential.

Work for a Certified Great Place to Work

As a Certified Great Place to Work, organizational culture and employee engagement is important to us. We strive to harness your talents and build upon your strengths. We offer resources for professional growth so team members can find their purpose, a path to grow, ways to add value and thrive. Work alongside passionate, caring and hardworking people who trust and challenge one another in our intentional pursuit to be the best.