Summary of Duties: The Assistant Director / Assistant Controller, reporting directly to the Controller and Director of Business Services, serves as the senior leader for Sponsored Programs Services and Purchasing Card Services, which includes 6 direct reports and approximately 25 staff across the service areas. Responsibilities include fiscal planning, budgeting and oversight; leadership and team building; employee supervision, interviewing, hiring, training and evaluating personnel; interpreting state and federal regulations; formulating University policy for compliance and implementation as appropriate and leading continual process improvement activities as they relate to these service areas. The Assistant Director actively participates as a member of the Controller's senior leadership team.
As the leader for the Sponsored Program Services Office, this position is responsible for ensuring effective fiscal administrative support for WSU research from receipt of a sponsored research award through completion of the research grant. The Assistant Director will assemble, coach and develop a team of fiscal managers, analysts and reporting specialists to perform critical activities such as: account creation, compliance with institution, effort certification, government post-funding regulations, invoicing, collection, reporting, and grant close out. The incumbent will have a strong understanding of compliance issues and generally accepted accounting principles. Acts as a liaison between Business Services / Controller's Office and WSU Departments and as an expert resource for customers on policy, procedure and best practices related to the expenditure of University resources. The Assistant Director will provide subject matter expertise in the design of the new grant accounting and billing system, as part of the new ERP implementation.
Required Qualifications: Positions require a Bachelors degree in a relevant field and four (4) years of progressively responsible relevant experience, which has included at least one (1) year of managerial experience. A Masters degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Education and experience can be tailored to fit the specific organizational entity/directorial assignment. Positions may require applicable licensure and/or certification.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carne...gie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.