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Chief Financial Officer (Director of Financial and Business Services)

at State of Washington

Pay: $95000 to $110000/year
$95000 - $110000
Posted: 12/13/2019
Job Reference #: 2631016

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


This recruitment remains open until filled.  For best consideration, please submit your application by 5:00 pm Monday December 16, 2019.  Previous applicants for this position do not need to resubmit application materials.

Agency Profile  
The Washington Student Achievement Council links the work of secondary schools, higher education institutions, and other state education agencies to achieve the mission of improving educational outcomes for students at all levels. Supported by a cabinet-level state agency, the Council proposes improvements and innovations needed to adapt the state's educational institutions to evolving needs, and advocates for increased financial support and civic commitment for public education in recognition of the economic, social, and civic benefits it provides. The agency also conducts policy research and analysis, protects education consumers, manages Washington's college savings plans, and administers state and federal financial aid programs.

About the Position
The Director of Financial and Business Services functions as the agency's chief financial officer to provide leadership and oversight for WSAC's budget, accounting, and business functions to support, enable and enhance the agency's policy and programmatic initiatives and activities. With appropriations for 2019-21 exceeding $1 billion, an administrative budget of nearly $40 million, and more than a dozen non-appropriated funds, WSAC has a complex financial portfolio and a wide variety of business lines. This position collaborates with multiple internal and external stakeholders to achieve WSAC goals and objectives. The Director of Financial and Business Services recommends and implements effective and efficient practices throughout the agency, while ensuring compliance with statewide rules and regulations that govern accounting, budgeting, contracting, purchasing, facilities, equipment, and records management. This position works in partnership with executive leadership and program managers to develop and improve consistent administrative practices throughout the agency. This position reports to the Deputy Director.


Major Responsibilities

  • Provides overall strategic financial leadership to apply and manage financial resources in support of agency mission and program goals.
  • Advises agency leadership in the development and implementation of administrative policies, procedures, and practices to achieve results. 
  • Directs the preparation and submission of biennial and supplemental agency budget requests and monitors appropriations requests throughout the governor's and legislative budget processes.
  • Lead internal processes to prioritize and allocate resources from appropriations, non-appropriated accounts, and other sources to accomplish highest priority work.
  • Manages and directs agency accounting operations.
  • Manages and oversees federal and state compliance functions, maintains internal controls and risk management, liaison with auditor and external financial agencies.
  • Manages and oversees contracting and purchasing activities.
  • Directly supervises the Accounting Manager and Budget Manager, and indirectly oversees their respective teams.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and regulations that govern accounting, budgeting, contracting, purchasing, and grant management.
  • Familiarity with state financial and business processes, resources, and systems.
  • Proven leadership and supervisory skills.
  • A commitment to honor diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and communicate to others complex policies and procedures.
  • Proficient with spreadsheets, word processing and databases.
Required Education and Professional Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration, public administration or closely related field.
  • Three or more years of supervisory experience.
  • Five or more years of experience managing or auditing a program or operating unit within a state or local government agency or higher education institution subject to Washington State and federal laws and regulation governing accounting, budgeting, contracting, and grant management.
Desired Qualifications
  • Advanced degree (e.g., MBA, MPA) or professional certification (e.g., CPA, CGFM).
  • Knowledge of federal and/or state financial aid programs and processes.
  • Knowledge of audit requirements and current topics.

Supplemental Information

The Salary range for this exempt, professional position is $95,000 - $128,237. Periodic compensation increases based on evaluation of excellent performance and significant contribution to the agency may be awarded up to the maximum salary for this position.

How to Apply
To be considered for this position, you must possess the required qualifications listed above and submit a complete application package to Your application package must contain the following:

1. Letter of Application.  A letter of application that addresses how you meet the required and preferred education and experience described in this announcement.  Applications with a generic cover letterwill be considered non responsive and may eliminate the application from further consideration.
2. Resume.  A chronological resume including your educational and professional experience.
3. References.  A list of names, titles, and current telephone numbers of three (3) employment references.
4. Authorization to Release Information form.*
5. Affirmative Action Form (optional).*
These Forms can be found on our website at:

Application packages should be sent in MS Word format or as a pdf only with "CFO" in the subject line.  If your submission is in a PDF file format, please put the optional affirmative action form in a separate file.

Please note: The quality and completeness of the required application materials will be considered in determining whether candidates will move to the next phase of the screening process.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

The Washington Student Achievement Council is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer and is strongly committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce. We will provide assistance in the recruitment, application and selection process to applicants with disabilities who request such assistance. Please call (360)753-7802 as early as possible regarding any assistance you may require.
Contact Alisha Rollins at, or you may call 360.753.7857.