The Controller serves as the principal assistant to the college’s Finance director (controller/fiscal manager). By ensuring that the college’s accounting practices are in compliance with GASB, SAM, FAM and Washington State RCW’s and WAC’s, the position ensures that the College meets financial accreditation requirements. By ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of financial information and analyzing it, the position enables management to make sound resource management decisions that enable the college to fulfill its mission.
The position supervises fiscal analysts and specialists, interprets and applies accounting principles and practices, applicable laws, statues, rules and ordinances, and departmental policies. Working within a complex environment with a large number of reporting and compliance requirements, the position is required to: ensure the maintenance of accurate financial records, including related ledgers, subsidiary financial systems and reports; analyze and reconcile complex financial transactions; review and interpret agreements and contracts for appropriate accounting treatment; provide assistance and support to staff related to assigned functional area and activities; and, evaluate, recommend and implement improvements to existing and new systems and processes.
As the Controller, it is expected that the following qualities will be demonstrated daily: a high degree of understanding and empathy for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, as well as the ability to encourage the inclusion of all voices in decision-making, promoting equity in all areas, and actively working against institutionalized norms of oppression against historically marginalized people.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration from an accredited institution or equivalent work experience
3-5 years of progressively responsible experience as an accountant
3-5 years of experience in fund accounting
Demonstrated knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion and the ability to support a diverse workplace and educational environment
Knowledge of Governmental Accounting and Fund Reporting (GAAFR) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) guidelines
Experience working with PeopleSoft
An advanced degree, CPA or higher education business office experience
Experience working in the Washington State Community and Technical College system
Physical Work Environment
Semi-Sedentary Work: involves staying in a stationary position to a significant degree. Jobs are sedentary if moving is required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
The College is currently in hybrid work operations, with some assignments completed in an online environment during this time. While working remotely, employees must provide their own workspace and internet access, noting the College will provide technical equipment and support for online work needs. While working on campus, this position will perform work in a standard office setting, use standard office equipment and physically or digitally attend meetings both on and off campus, and requires the ability to communicate in person or through appropriate means. Ability to work weekends and evenings when appropriate or needed is required.
Positions in this class typically require operating a computer, communicating, observing, and repetitive motions.
Exerting between 10-30 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to transport, put, install, remove, or otherwise move objects.
Conditions of Employment
As an institution that upholds the value of equity and inclusion of every individual, Cascadia College expects its employees to embody and promote these values. Both current and prospective employees of the College are encouraged to seek deeper understanding in these areas as part of professional growth.
Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified upon hire. Please reach out to the HR Office at email@example.com if you need information about medical or religious accommodation.
Cascadia College maintains a drug-free work and learning environment and prohibits smoking in all college buildings and state-owned vehicles.
Cascadia College is seeking highly motivated individuals who are interested in being part of a small, friendly community with faculty and staff that are dedicated to meeting the needs of our students. We are the newest college in Washington State's community and technical college system, and take great pride in our learning environment focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as our focus on environmental stewardship and global awareness.