Job ID: 10592 Location: Seattle Colleges District Off Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Regular
Opportunity Description About Us
We are a district of three distinct colleges—North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College—and five specialty training centers. Which makes us the largest and most diverse community college district in the state of Washington, we are leaders in change and innovation.
As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the passionate work of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as we work against systemic racism. Additionally, you will gain the rewarding experience of contributing to the success of an open-access learning institution that prepares students for life and work, fostering a diverse, engaged and dynamic community.
Seattle Colleges staff and faculty also enjoy a competitive benefits package, professional development opportunities and enrichment experiences in areas of their choice including, committee, workgroup, and affinity group opportunities.
This position is Open until Filled
Salary range for this position is: $108,000yr. - 140,000/yr. (depending on experience)
Do you want to be part of a team that helps students successfully achieve their educational goals and improve their lives? Do you value collaboration, learning, diversity, inclusion, and equity? Are stability and balance important to you? Then join our high-impact mission-driven team. As a Seattle Colleges employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world.
This role is visible and influential; the Controller partners with leaders across the organization to ensure we are financially sustainable and operating in keeping with regulatory requirements and our policies and procedures.
To be successful, in addition to your command of accounting, you need strong planning, organizational, prioritization and communication skills, be a strong collaborative partner, and have a passion for developing people and teams. In addition, you should have strong business acumen and the ability to communicate your financial insights to non-financial executives and staff.
Imperatives include reliability, adaptability, attention to detail, strong time management, being compassionate, accountable, and self-driven.
Attached current Resume
Attached cover letter addressing how your background intersects with the job
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online
Notice to Applicants: Please note that Seattle Colleges has moved to remote operations, pending public health guidance. Per CDC and WA Public Health directions, at this time we will be practicing social distancing and holding interviews virtually using video conference or teleconference options. As such, if you are selected for interview, please be prepared to hold your interview virtually.
What you will be working on:
Leading, managing and coordinating Seattle Colleges' finance functions. Coaching, developing and supervising staff to nurture a culture characterized by excellence, collaboration, learning, service, equity and belonging
Overseeing all accounting operations on a day-to-day basis, including student financials, grants, accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger management and financial reporting
Fully leveraging the capabilities of Seattle Colleges new Oracle/PeopleSoft system to realize operating efficiencies and service and reporting improvements
Creating, maintaining and enhancing our business policies, accounting policies and risk management. Developing effective internal controls and safeguards over college assets, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, contractual obligations and District and State policies
Owning and managing federal, state, and local compliance and filing requirements
Managing year-end financial audit and other financial compliance reviews as necessary
Developing financial analysis and reports to support operational and strategic decision-making
Partnering with the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations on strategic and operational initiatives to optimize the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the broader accounting function. Hire, manage and develop a team of accounting professionals to provide excellent service
Coordinating Seattle Colleges' budget development process
Owning the monthly and year-end close processes and preparation of consolidated financial statements in compliance with GAAP and GASB
Applying technical knowledge of GAAP and GASB to monitor, evaluate impact, and implement new accounting standards and regulatory requirements
What you bring as a candidate: (Any Equivalent Combination of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education and Experience)
Five (5) years increasingly responsible experience as a professional accountant, including experience with financial statement preparation. Experience to include progressively responsible accounting experience involving the application of advanced accounting principles and theories to an accounting operation.
Three (3) years of experience managing and developing high performance accounting staff and teams.
Knowledge of principles and procedures of governmental accounting; internal auditing principles, procedures and practices; financial records and reports; recognized methods used in effecting internal control; and methods of accounting systems design.
Experience analyzing, documenting and improving business processes.
Strong ERP systems experience, preferably in Oracle/Peoplesoft, expert level spreadsheet skills.
Experience analyzing and presenting complex financial and statistical data and recommendations to both executives and groups.
Excellent written and oral communication skills with individuals and groups.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with district and campus administrators and staff. Experience partnering cross-functionally to achieve organizational cultural change.
Experience working in a diverse, multi-cultural, collaborative environment and a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.
You will be passionate about the impacts financial planning, analysis, auditing and reporting have on the fulfillment of the Seattle Colleges mission.
This job might be for you if:
You love to learn, grow and solve problems. You're always looking to improve and to develop new skills, and welcome constructive feedback that helps you get there. You are excited to learn from other perspectives that will inform your thinking, and to contribute to others' development.
You're excited to take on the challenges that come with evolving internal systems and structures, and an organization changing to meet the needs of its community.
You enjoy collaborating with and developing others. You recognize that working with a diverse team of individuals with varying roles and skills can be challenging, but you enjoy this challenge. You work to find creative solutions to best fit a wide range of contexts, needs, uses, and timelines.
You are committed to equity. You steadfastly believe that all students - particularly black, brown and low-income students - should have access and succeed in the most academically rigorous college programs. You understand that working for equity is a continual journey and you are committed to that journey.
We expect all employees to possess the following attributes:
Exhibit confidence and not be afraid to ask questions to bring clarity, share ideas and challenge the norm (think outside the box).
Exhibit exemplary customer service skills, to all people, regardless of level inside or outside of the Seattle Colleges.
Written and verbal communication skills should be professional, concise and effective.
Create an environment of engagement and participation, work cooperatively and respectively with co-workers across teams in partnership with internal and external stakeholders.
Take initiative, be proactive, anticipate and complete projects in a comprehensive manner while still remembering the details.
Be willing to learn, willing to problem solve, and willing to step in to help and teach others.
Innovation, curiosity, and flexibility are expected approaching all challenges.
Ability to perform range of physical motions, exerting up to 25 pounds; lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds; standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, kneeling, squatting, and stooping; and traversing up and down stairs.
Seattle Colleges follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides the following information as a guideline for applicants:
Ability to operate office equipment
Ability to read and verify data and prepare various materials
Ability to exchange information on the phone or in person
Notice of Non-discrimination Statement
Seattle Colleges is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services and contracts, and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, age, national origin, religion, creed, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, status as an honorably discharged veteran or disabled veteran or military status, political affiliation or belief, citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for known physical or mental limitations for all otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Further, the Seattle Colleges is committed to ensure that all employees and students work and learn in an environment that fosters mutual respect and professionalism, free from all forms of “bullying” behaviors, including “cyber bullying”.
Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the college's Director of Legal Compliance:
1500 Harvard Avenue Seattle, WA 98122-3803
Seattle Colleges is committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and employees who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.
Background Check Statement
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. In addition to the background check, candidates will be required to complete the Sexual Misconduct Disclosure Form as required WA HB 2327.