Director of Finance

General Summary

CLOSING DATE: May 23, 2021 at 9:00 PST

The Director of Financial Services, reporting to the Vice President of Administration, provides leadership and direction in college-wide business and financial operations, including recommendations of policy and procedure development and implementation. The Director is responsible for overall leadership and management of the following function: general accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, cashiering, student financials, internal control & compliance, and general business operation. The Director will directly supervise the following positions: Accounting Manager, Principal Accountant, and Purchasing Manager

Essential Tasks

Leadership and Policy Development:
  • Provide leadership, direction, and guidance on financial policy development and long-term planning to ensure effective allocation and use of the College financial resources;
  • Recommend and develop financial models and analysis to assist administration in making sound fiscal decisions, ensuring the College’s continuing ability to respond to the needs of the community;
  • Provide financial reports and analysis to the Vice President and others as requests;
  • Ensure College compliance with all applicable statues, regulations, internal controls, and fiscal policies and procedures by reviewing all new and existing programs and grants and establishing necessary policy and procedures;
  • Provide leadership and direction on college-wide initiative and committees;
  • Participate on committees and commissions at the state level (Budget, Accounting, & Reporting Council).
Management and Operations Administration:
  • Administer the planning, development, and implementation of budget, accounting, reporting and purchasing procedures for all funds and departments to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, and local policy governing the use of these funds;
  • Serve as secondary purchasing officer, including reviewing and approving or purchasing and bid contracts;
  • Review, process, and approve business and financial transactions/documents per Highline College policies/procedures, OFM, Federal/State rules and regulations;
  • Assure effective treasury operations and banking relationships that provide cost effective services and support prudent cash management activities that generate positive financial returns;
  • Provide guidance, direction, and training to campus departments on finance and operating policies and procedures to enhance college effectiveness and customer service;
  • Prepare the annual GASB 34 compliant enterprise level financial statements and accompanying notes;
  • Perform and assist with compliance and performance audits to ensure the College is in compliance with all OFM and Federal/State rules and regulations. Serve as liaison to State Auditor’s Office and State Board on accounting and financial functions;
  • Provide cross department administration and direction in integrated financial system including: financial aid, enrollment, registration, payroll, and capital projects.
Supervision and Team Development:
  • Supervise the work of the Financial Services Division to ensure accurate and prompt services are provided and delivered to students and employees of the college;
  • Develop individual skills and knowledge through training, coaching, support of performance initiatives, and evaluation;
  • Direct the development and productivity of the Financial Services team by providing leadership in clearly communicating and focusing on the vision, mission and goals of the Financial Services Office;
  • Develop Financial Services team sensitivity to and understanding of the values of diversity of the College staff and students;
  • Foster partnerships with other leaders and staff throughout the College;
  • Train and advise staff on college-wide fiscal matters.
  • Lead the Financial Services in the implementation & normalization of ctcLink Project;
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of budget, accounting, and purchasing systems for the purposes of analyzing complex financial models, report development and generation, budget comparisons, budget development and monitoring;
  • Represent the Vice President for Administration when requested;
  • Communicate and distribute information to the campus community.

Knowledge of:
  • Knowledge of federal and state regulations governing accounting, reporting, grants and budgets within higher education.
Ability to:
  • Provide effective leadership to department staff and campus community;
  • Interpret, apply, and effectively communicate regulations, laws, policies, and procedures;
  • Complete and organize tasks and meet deadlines independently;
  • Resolve problems and perform complex financial tasks;
  • Maintain the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.


  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration in finance, accounting or related field AND four (4) years of management experience in a financial, accounting or closely related field; OR
  • CPA AND two (2) years of management experience in a financial, accounting or closely related field; OR
  • Master’s Degree in finance, accounting, business administration, or related field AND two (2) years of management experience in a financial, accounting, or closely related field.
  • Work experience and knowledge of the financial management systems (FMS) within the Washington State higher-education system.

Supplemental Information


Founded in 1961, Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 15 minutes south of Seattle. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students –– a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 35 nations and more than 100 languages. The college embraces equity, inclusion and social justice, with core goals of student attainment, diversity, community Engagement and sustainability. The student body at Highline College is made up of Transfer students, Running Start students, Professional-Technical students, International students, Comprehensive Transition Program for students with intellectual disabilities, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learners. In addition, we offer six bachelor of applied science, four-year degrees.


As an essential part of our mission and vision , diversity, equity and inclusion are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life.


Your online application must include the following three attachments to be considered complete:

1. A detailed RESUME .

2. A cover letter (two-page maximum) that addresses the REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, and to the extent applicable, the DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS of the position.

3. A one page response to the DIVERSITY STATEMENT found in the Supplemental Questions Tab.

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Highline College offers an outstanding benefits package with a full range of benefits that include multiple medical, dental, life and disability coverage options for employees and eligible family members; choice of retirement and deferred compensation plans to save for the future; paid holidays, sick time, and vacation, reduced tuition, employee discounts, memberships, Employee Assistance Program and more.

Highline College is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Highline College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status.

Reasonable Accommodations:

The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodations in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (206) 592-3812. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Title IX Policy
Highline College complies with Title IX regulations. For details on our policies, see our website

The College appointing authorities reserve the right and may exercise the option to make an employment decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process.

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