Deputy Executive Director for Business Operations

Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 03, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) — led by a nine-member governor-appointed board — advocates, coordinates and directs Washington state’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges. As the largest higher education system in Washington state, our colleges work with students as they achieve their goals of transferring to a university, entering the workforce, learning basic skills, or continuing their education.

The deputy executive director for business operations is the primary financial officer for the community and technical college system, with overall responsibility for college system finance which encompasses a $1.8 billion biennial operating budget, $500 million capital budget, and 350,000 students.  This position is responsible for tuition policy; resource acquisition and allocation; accounting (both student and financial), budgeting, and other fiscal procedures necessary to maintain proper accountability in the conduct of system financial affairs.

The position provides guidance and assistance for college and agency human resource activities including collective bargaining, salary and benefit administration and characterizes system HR issues to state agencies and the Legislature. The position assists the Board in defining and advocating college system resource requirements to the executive and legislative branches of state government and makes policy recommendations to the Board in all areas relating to resource acquisition, distribution and accountability.  This position also works integrally with the biennial budget process.

Headquartered in Olympia, the successful applicant will possess a strong understanding of higher education finance including the impacts of collective bargaining, the legislative process, the ability to build relationships across agencies, and an understanding of state government.  The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

As leaders in their field, qualified candidates for the deputy executive director for business operations should be prepared to show how their skills:

  • Will enrich the Washington’s community and technical college system’s mission and vision.
  • Think and plan strategically; examine, create, and advocate for policies and practices that support the overall college system vision and mission.
  • Be an equity-minded leader who will support the agency and college system in its efforts to lead with racial equity.
  • Grow and empower staff; create a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive work environment.
  • Build relationships with peers and colleagues.


Mission and Vision Statement

Leading with racial equity, our colleges maximize student potential and transform lives within a culture of belonging that advances racial, social, and economic justice in service to our diverse communities.


Principal Activities

  • Develop and recommend system financial policies related to equitable resource acquisition, distribution, and accountability.
  • Supervise the preparation of college system operating and capital budget requests.
  • Lead efforts to develop governor and legislative understanding of college system resource needs and support of appropriations and legislation relating to college financing and human resource activities.
  • Supervise comprehensive human resource consulting assistance to college leadership on labor activities, healthcare and retirement benefit administration, interpretation and application of contracts and state/federal employment laws.  Communicate/interact with statewide union leadership.
  • Lead staff coordination with the Office of Financial Management, legislative staff, Washington Student Achievement Council, other higher education institutions and state agencies (auditor, treasurer, etc.) in matters relating to state and college finance policy.
  • Supervise the equitable allocation and distribution of financial resources within the college system.
  • Supervise the development, maintenance of, and compliance with system wide procedures for the accounting, budgeting, allocating, and reporting of college financial resources.



The successful candidate must have:

  • Five years of professional experience in an administrative capacity in a community and technical college, university, or related business setting.
  • A combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a Master’s degree and five years of professional experience in accounting, budgeting, and/or financial experience, preferably in a community of technical college.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of concepts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion; anti-racism; racial, and economic justice.
  • Experience in staff recruitment, retention, training, and employment strategies to foster workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Demonstrated understanding of culture in higher education, including shared governance and collective bargaining, and human resources administration.
  • Successful management, customer service and organizational change experience, excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Successful experience with developing partnerships and collaborative problem-solving with diverse stakeholders.


Application Process

Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

  • Online Application
  • Cover Letter that addresses your interest in the position and ability to perform the responsibilities described in this announcement.
  • Detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the qualifications.
  • List of at least three professional references with contact information. References are typically contacted after interviews.



The annual salary for this position is $175,000.



This position is open until filled.  Priority screening date begins Friday, February 26, 2021.