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Financial Accounting has an outstanding opportunity for a Financial Reporting Assistant Director. The successful candidate in the Financial Reporting Assistant Director position will lead the Financial Reporting group, which is responsible for University-wide financial reporting prepared in compliance with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) as well as the State Administrative and Accounting Manual (SAAM). Accounting personnel include four professional accountants/CPA's and one student assistant. This position oversees all activities of these staff including performance, productivity and professional development.
This position manages the University-wide process to prepare timely and accurate financial statements, supporting schedules and analysis supporting the UW Financial Report, as well as similar processes for financial statements and schedules supporting the State of WA Office of Financial Management (OFM) Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This position oversees all activities contributing to the year-end external financial statement audit, and is primarily responsible for helping to ensure successful completion of the audit. They serve as a central accounting resource regarding accounting and audit processes campus-wide, and partner closely with senior accounting representatives within each of the UW auxiliaries and business areas to ensure accurate reporting, successful audit completion, and to provide a high-level technical accounting resource when needed.
This position helps to support accounting processes and internal accounting controls campus-wide, including those surrounding accounting transaction entry into the accounting system and the processes to ensure compliance with general ledger account reconciliation best practices. They are the primary focal point for OFM regarding UW financial reporting results reflected in the State of WA CAFR, and responsible for ensuring that the UW complies with all State of WA accounting requirements (which differ in many ways from those required by GASB business-type reporting).
The University is in the early stages of an ERP implementation, and the transformation of most finance-related activities across the enterprise. Financial accounting and reporting processes will be significantly impacted as a result of these transformation efforts. This position will play a key role in helping to implement those changes and ensure that operational and strategic objectives are met.
Responsibilities: •Manage the UW's relationship with external audit firm and with OFM, plan and coordinate all activities which support the audit and preparation of the UW financial statements, ensure audit testing is completed effectively and to auditor satisfaction, manage accounting processes which support preparation of the financial statements. Lead teams within Financial Accounting and cross-functional teams with members from other departments. Directly supervise three professional accounting staff and one student assistant to accomplish the mission of Financial Reporting and promote the continued improvement of their technical and soft skills as necessary. •Manage accounting staff to implement OFM directives and support financial reporting requirements for the Automated Financial Reporting System (AFRS). Serve as liaison with accounting leadership at OFM. •Implement current technologies to improve and maintain productivity and efficiency of Financial Reporting and provide continuous improvements in client service. •Proactively communicate with departments across the university regarding enhancements, updates, and changes to the accounting process. Provide expertise to departments regarding financial reporting, departmental fiscal processes and other special departmental needs related to accounting. Improve and maintain department's effectiveness as a resource to the university, including consulting and leadership of training programs. •Manage ongoing development of professional accounting staff, providing frequent feedback, coaching and performance reviews. Encourage and support continuing professional education. Additional duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications: •Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Business Administration. •Professional Certification Public Accountant (CPA) •Minimum nine years experience with full scope accounting work. •Experience supervising professional accounting staff •Expert level knowledge of GASB standards
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Desired Qualifications: Experience in public accounting.
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