Seattle Pacific University


Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, Washington, United States

Date Posted: 02/26/2018
Categories: Accounting
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Directs, coordinates, and supervises the accounting and payment related functions at the University, maintains the integrity of the University's financial information, and ensures proper controls are in place to safeguard the assets of the University and compliance with all applicable University, federal and state regulations and policies.

  • Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the offices' overall goals and objectives. Directs and oversees the hiring, development, management, and evaluation of all personnel in the Controller's office.
  • Serves as the chief accountant in charge of the accounting records, audits, and systems for the University and related entities.
  • Supervises the planning and conduct of the annual financial statement audit performed by independent auditors as well as any other internal or external financial-related audits, responsibilities include but not limited to:
  • Preparation of financial statements and related footnotes.
  • Acts as primary liaison with independent auditors and plans, prepares, and supervises the University's work for the annual financial statement audit, federal funds audit (Single Audit), and triennial NCAA agreed-upon-procedures engagement. Prepares or reviews the preparation of various schedules and the gathering of information required for the audit.
  • Routinely interpret and apply accounting theory to assure that the University's financial statements adhere to generally accepted accounting principles and guidelines.
  • Monitors, recommends, implements, and enforces internal control procedures and systems, both inter- and intra-departmentally, to ensure the safeguarding of institutional assets.
  • Monitors financial transactions to insure proper treatment and coding of transactions and adjustments, maintains controls related to revenue, compensation and expenditures.
  • Develops, recommends, and implements changes in accounting, disbursing, and institutional financial policies.
  • Prepares and presents periodic financial reports and analysis as required and requested by various areas of the University community (Board of Trustees, University managers, Business and Finance staff, etc.).
  • Supervises preparation, compilation, and filing of all required financial reports, tax returns (990, 1099, etc.), and other statements to government and regulatory agencies.
  • Supervises the maintenance of account classifications and records to be in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles for the University and other regulatory prescriptions.
  • Supervises the check payment, electronic payment, accounts payable, and other disbursement systems, ensuring adequate authorization, endorsement, and audit controls. Supervises the cashier for non-student account payments to ensure proper security and cash handling procedures are maintained and timely receipt of funds.
  • Oversees major system development projects that impact financial reporting.
  • Provides leadership, supervision and direction to the University's accounting operations.
  • Supervises staff in the Controller's Office area.
  • Interviews, selects, trains, communicates expectations, reviews work, provides feedback, and completes evaluations.
  • Provides direction to the staff regarding policies and procedures and regulatory or restriction requirements for the appropriate use of funds. Assists staff as needed to resolve issues.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or closely related field..
  • Eight years of progressively responsible related experience with five years of supervisory experience.
  • CPA licensure
  • A comprehension of and commitment to the educational and spiritual objectives of the University.
  • An individual who can work independently and understand complex relationships between detail (program and account) and institutional policy (big picture budget).
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, authoritative literature, technical procedures, or governmental regulations and formulate conclusions and recommend solutions to implement.
  • Experience with Single Audit reporting requirements
  • Familiarity with accounting in a University or non-profit environment, preferred.
  • Proficient at a high level in Excel and spreadsheet design as well as the ability to work in Access. Strong oral and written communication ability desired.
  • A working knowledge of accounting/budgeting software; computer literacy (software and mainframe applications e.g. Excel, Word and Access). Personal Computer, FAX machine, copy machine, telephones.

Additional Information:

  • Position will remain open until filled. 
  • Salary DOE

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