Director of Finance

Job Board Title:
Director of Finance

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About the Division

The division of University Advancement supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. University Advancement is actively engaged in moving forward the University’s mission through supporting core themes, specifically advancing inclusive success. The external boards of the WWU Foundation and Alumni Association are dedicated to supporting Western’s strategic plan, specifically through the student success campaign. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

Is this Job for Me?

Reporting to the COO for University Advancement/CFO for the Foundation, you will serve as the primary accounting, finance and administrative partner for University Advancement and the associated institutionally aligned nonprofits, the WWU Foundation and the Alumni Association. Each of these entities are stand-alone 501(c)3 corporations that produce audited financial statements and file 990 tax returns.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or higher in accounting, financial management, or related field.
Minimum five years of related work experience, including management experience.
Proficiency in fund accounting/financial management principles, practices, and procedures.
Demonstrated skills in supervision, including employee recruitment, training, development, and performance evaluation.
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment and ability to cultivate work environments that are equitable and inclusive for individuals from diverse social identities and backgrounds
Highly motivated team player; able to manage large projects and meet quick deadlines.
Ability to understand and communicate complex financial requirements, financial reporting, and audit requirements.
Ability to provide a service-oriented approach to stakeholders, both internal and external
Knowledge federal tax and regulatory codes relating to tax exempt entities

Preferred Qualifications

CPA certification
Master’s degree in accounting, financial management, or related field
Experience in both higher education environment and non-academic setting strongly preferred.
Proficiency in accounting/financial management principles, practices, and procedures as they relate to college and university environments


Western Washington University
Lindsay Brown