Under the administrative direction of the Associate Vice President for Finance, the Controller serves as the University’s chief accounting and reporting officer and supports the University strategic plan through managing and directing core financial functions. The Controller leads four associate directors or managers (with an overall staff of approximately 70) with responsibility for all aspects of sponsored programs post award accounting, payroll, general accounting, financial reporting and forecasting, accounts payable, travel services, accounts receivable, student accounts, and tax and post bond issuance compliance activities. The Controller interacts and collaborates with financial leadership at each University campus, college, and administrative area. The Controller serves as a member of the AVP’s senior leadership team.
Oversee sponsored programs post award accounting, payroll, general accounting, financial reporting, accounts payable, travel services, accounts receivable, student accounts, tax, and post bond issuance compliance activities.
Develop and inspire a high functioning and diverse team, ensuring a work environment that embodies the institution and division core values; coach team members toward optimal performance and career advancement.
Supervise departmental leadership and oversee the establishment of goals, objectives, and performance metrics for the individual departments.
Oversee the preparation of the annual University Financial Report ensuring accuracy and timeliness.
Provide University leadership with access to accurate and timely information for strategic decision making and other reporting needs such as internal financial reports and long-range financial forecasts and decision support modeling.
Oversee the preparation of the University’s Facilities and Administrative (F&A) rate cost study; participate in negotiations with rate-setting agency.
Participate in the identification and resolution of financial issues with current or potential impact on the University as an enterprise.
Ensure University compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and accounting pronouncements, principles, and standards.
Establish or recommend University-wide accounting and fiscal policies and transactional standards, ensuring consistency with the University’s mission and strategic plans and generally accepted accounting standards, GASB pronouncements, GAAP, OMB Uniform guidance, OFM regulations, and NACUBO guidance; oversee related training programs.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, or closely related field;
Certified Public Accountant certificate;
Eight years of senior level accounting or financial experience with six years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience;
Familiarity with higher education accounting and financial reporting, GASB pronouncements, GAAP, OMB Uniform guidance, and NACUBO guidance;
Demonstrated commitment to open collaboration and customer service;
Demonstrated ability to be a hands-on leader, and to manage multiple, competing priorities, while developing and leading engaged teams; and
Exceptional communications skill, both written and verbal.
Master’s degree in accounting, business administration, or closely related field;
Experience with post award grant and research accounting and compliance;
Prior management experience in at least two of the following functional areas: sponsored program post award accounting, payroll, general accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable/student accounts, treasury services, or tax;
Experience in evaluating and transforming business processes utilizing lean principles; and
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximate...ly 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.