Western Washington University invites applications for the position of Financial Reporting Manager in Business and Financial Affairs (BFA). The Financial Reporting Manager reports to the Associate Controller in the Accounting Services department.
The Financial Reporting Manager is responsible for applying a high level of critical thinking, analysis, and consultative skills in the fulfillment of the University’s internal and external financial reporting and auditing, internal control objectives and accounting system design and operation. This is an advanced accounting/finance position, serving as the subject matter expert to drive complex, strategy-based work.
Prepare the University financial statements and coordinate auxiliary annual financial statements.
Coordinate all external audit activities through the entire audit, including conducting and documenting entrance and exit interviews and preparing responses to audit findings or issues.
Supervise three (3) Fiscal Analysts, managing/overseeing general ledger and bank reconciliations, student accounting, and financial reporting.
Develop financial reports for Senior Management to include trend, Key Performance Indicators (KPI's), dashboards, variance and cost analysis. Reports will be recurring (monthly, quarterly, etc.) and ad hoc.
Develop process improvement procedures to improve operational efficiency; lead special accounting projects and studies and implement process change requirements based on the critical project needs.
Manage Chart of Accounts to ensure the appropriate structure to extract accurate data.
Prepare and analyze Facilities and Administrative Cost Recovery proposal.
Provide campus-wide training on accounting related processes and procedures to ensure the quality and accuracy of financial data recorded in the general and operating ledgers.
Serves in an acting role in the absence of the Associate Controller. Also serves as backup for Accounting personnel as needed.
Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or related field
Demonstrated supervisory experience
Demonstrated experience in the preparation, presentation, and analysis of financial statements
Demonstrated senior level financial analyst experience, including business process analysis
Demonstrated system experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or complex accounting system
Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking, analytical and consultative skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with management and external auditors
Intermediate to advanced experience in Microsoft Word and Excel
Professional experience in Higher Education
Experience with coordinating and running audits
Governmental Accounting experience
Ellucian (Banner) experience
Master’s degree in Business or Accounting
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Additional Salary Information: The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Western Washington University was established in 1899 as a normal school. The University is located on a picturesque campus in Bellingham, Washington – a Pacific Rim city of over 76,000 persons and nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship. With two major urban centers, Seattle and Vancouver, BC, located within 90 miles, Bellingham residents also h...ave easy access to urban attractions. Western enrolls almost 15,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs. Consistently highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Western was named the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest in 2013. Western strives to fulfill a mission supported by the core values of excellence, engagement, diversity, community service, integrity, and innovation.