Under the direction and supervision of the Vice President of Administrative Services and Human Resources, the Director of Finance provides leadership, operational and budgetary oversight of the college’s finance function and works collaboratively to complete duties in compliance with all national, state and local rules, laws and procedures. The Director is a member of the area’s leadership team and will supervise staff in accounting, purchasing, cashiering and contracts. This is a working manager position and is responsible for hiring, formal performance evaluations and personnel management.
As the Director of Finance, 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.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Management and Development of Staff
Supervises and manages the Finance team, establishes performance and department goals, makes hiring and personnel decisions, conducts formal annual performance evaluations, provides mentoring and coaching, manages conflicts that may arise, and attends to all other issues related to team leadership and supervision. Provides this supervision within a Union environment with staff operating via a bargaining agreement.
Establishes clear lines of communication with direct reports and maintains effective working relationships with staff to support individual and team success.
Creates and conducts training as appropriate for Finance staff and staff from other areas in processes impacted by ctcLink.
Serves as a resource for staff, students and administrators to resolve finance-related issues.
Promotes the professional growth of Finance team members by establishing individual and team professional development goals, encouraging participation in campus events and workshops, and encouraging the use of professional development funds and other resources available to support learning and development.
Learns and adheres to the Collective Bargaining Agreement in all matters related to the supervision of hourly employees in a union environment.
Leading Business Processes
Leads all activities of the Finance area including overseeing the delivery, improvement, and communication of services and processes and the development and administration of policies, procedures, programs, goals and objectives.
Develops and carries out projects, plans, budgets and priorities to meet the College’s finance service goals and objectives.
Conducts business process analysis of all finance-related processes, either independently or in collaboration with other areas as appropriate.
Solves complex problems that impact multiple stakeholders, in collaboration with those stakeholders.
Establishes and monitors controls as appropriate to ensure that College finance processes are executed in accordance with standards and that information is accurate and available in a timely manner.
Prepares and provides quarterly updates and projections of Services & Activities Fees and Student Technology Fees to the Dean for Student Success and Director of Student Life
Manages major finance projects such as the implementation of new systems (e.g. ctcLink) and the annual audit.
Facilitates, leads and/or participates in meetings and committees; represents the department and area interests at campus meetings and conferences; serves as a liaison between departments, external organizations, the general public, and other agencies.
Ensures that procedure manuals are updated and new processes are developed in a timely manner to facilitate training and operations.
Develops and manages area operating budget, reviews and approves expenditures for area as well as coordinates development of College’s annual budget.
Prepares budget spreadsheets and analysis, maintains the integrity of the budget data as it changes.
Reviews monthly journal entries and supporting documentation to ensure that all are completed accurately.
Oversees the year end closing process including SMART reconciliations, entries and disclosures.
Prepares for state and federal audits including but not limited to workbook preparation, documentation of accounts, and production of audited financial statements, notes and disclosures; provides information and perspective as needed to auditors.
Prepares bank reconciliations.
Attends workshops, seminars and conferences to stay current in the field.
Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
Bachelor Degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field AND three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in Finance, OR equivalent combination of education and industry experience
One (1) year of experience in fund accounting
One (1) year of experience projecting and maintaining department budgets
Two (2) years of experience at a supervisory level within a professional accounting, finance, or business management environment
Demonstrated knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the ability to support a diverse workplace and educational environment
Master’s Degree in finance, business, business administration or related field
Experience working in a Finance office within higher education, preferably within the Washington Community and Technical Colleges (CTC)
Experience working and supervising within a Union environment.
Experience using PeopleSoft in a Finance Office
Knowledge and demonstrated use of Governmental Accounting and Fund Reporting (GAAFR) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) guidelines
Additional Salary Information: Includes 5% King County Premium (KCPP)
Internal Number: 10210
About Cascadia College
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.