VC Manager @ Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and staff frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently named the “best large employer” in Tennessee and a top employer for women by Forbes, ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 384 top colleges and universities for having the best financial aid in the nation – as well as #3 for “happiest students,” “quality of life” and “beautiful campus,” #4 for both being in a “college city that students love” and for having “great campus/city relations.”
About Vanderbilt Benefits
In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt’s benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
About this role
The Investment Manager will focus on our private investments portfolio and will report to the Managing Director. We anticipate hiring someone with a thirst for knowledge, a strong work ethic, a passion for investing, and a team-oriented individual who is committed to furthering the core mission of Vanderbilt University. The Investment Manager will embrace our team’s core values of candor, competitiveness, curiosity, mindfulness, and teamwork.
About the Work Unit
The Vanderbilt University Office of Investments (OoI) has a mission is to protect and grow the University’s the University’s $5.4 billion in endowment assets by delivering outstanding long-term investment returns for the benefit of research and scholarship. Our office is comprised of 27 staff members across three teams: operations, private investments, and public investments. Our focus is on public equities, hedge funds, commodities, fixed income, private equity, venture capital, natural resources, and real estate opportunities. We invest globally. We promote an atmosphere of inclusiveness, innovation, and learning, and we thrive on ways to improve our process while protecting and growing the value of Vanderbilt’s endowment assets. We are committed to supporting one another, upholding our team values, and continuously striving for excellence.
Key Functions and Expected Performance
  • In conjunction with the Managing Directors, Investment Managers and Investment Analysts, globally source and meet with and assess prospective and existing private investment managers.
  • As needed schedule, coordinate, and perform onsite manager visits.
  • Prepare meeting materials.
  • Contribute to the written and analytical due diligence process on all investments. As needed to coordinate, oversee, and author manager due to diligence reports and utilize investment judgment to make recommendations.
  • The individual will be responsible for keeping apprised of industry trends and capital market research related to private investments and provide capital market data and commentary to help evaluate, communicate, and implement tactical views.
  • Network with industry professionals to enhance the success of the investment process.
  • Work with internal groups to carry out strategy-specific, risk, operational, and legal due diligence.
  • Utilize OoI’s manager database. We use the system to source, monitor, update, and cross-reference pertinent information regarding existing and prospective investment managers.
  • Analyze industry trends and conditions such as capital flows, valuations, and trends that may impact global capital markets.
  • Assist in highlighting and communicating private investment portfolio exposures as a part of total endowment risk assessment.
  • Assist in the preparation of communications to the Board of Trust Investment Committee.
  • May be responsible for the development and implementation of quantitative tools to enhance the endowment’s risk analysis and asset allocation process.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Basic Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, but a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and/or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is preferred.
  • At least three years of directly related work experience is required, but more than five is preferred.
  • We will focus on exceptional candidates with a proven track record of achievement and leadership.
This opportunity requires a Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years of experience or the equivalent.
If interested, please apply here.
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