Bastyr University has an opportunity for a Controller to join our Finance team on our Kenmore, WA campus. The Controller is responsible for the oversight of University fiscal accounting functions to include, but not limited to, day to day financial operations, financial aid and cash management. The Controller supports and works closely with the Associate Vice President of Budget and Finance.


  • Supervise Finance Office staff:

    • Interview and select salaried and hourly employees;

    • Train, instruct and advise employees on methods and procedures;

    • Assign, review and evaluate work of employees;

    • Provide ongoing coaching and counseling

  • Maintain and, as required, implement new fiscal systems and procedures.

    • Coordinate fiscal accounting activities with managers and staff;

    • Consult with and advise key administrators regarding the application of fiscal policies and practices;

    • Oversee, maintain, develop and implement financial accounting computer systems and the continuing computerization of administrative offices, particularly the business office:

      • Work with managers and staff to develop new computer processes when necessary;

      • Work closely with IT, Registrar, and Financial Aid departments to integrate and maintain integrity of data;

  • Participate in the preparation and presentation of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements for the University: This includes reports for internal (managers, board) as well as external (banks, donors) users.

  • Participate in the preparation and analysis of cash management plans of the University. Manage cash flow and banking requirements both short and long term.

  • Initiate and execute short-term University investments working with and through banks and stockbrokers:

    • Ensure the payment of all long term University debts.

    • Maintain banking relationships and cash management treasury functions.

    • Assist with new debt issuance including bond financing packages.

  • Oversee the fiscal administration of financial aid. Direct the fiscal aspects of all Perkins and other student loan collection issues as well as all business issues as it relates to financial aid.

  • Assist with projecting revenues, expenditures and cash flow for the entire University on a monthly basis, assuring that University is meeting its debt covenant obligations.

  • Prepares and submits required tax returns to appropriate entities. Monitors systems to ensure the University is in compliance with tax regulations.

  • Prepare reports for federal and state agencies. Oversee the fiscal administration of special accounts including research, educational programs, federal programs, grants and endowments.

  • Monitors and confirms financial condition by conducting audits; providing information to external auditors.

    • Oversee issues of compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and preparation of external financial statements and footnotes.

    • Prepare recommendations of appropriate internal controls to safeguard the assets of the University.

  • Prepares special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.

  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; filing financial reports; advising management on needed actions.

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.

  • Protects operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential.



  • In depth knowledge and understanding of accounting principles and procedures;

  • Knowledge of OMB A-133 requirements;

  • Thorough knowledge of fund accounting as applied to colleges and universities;

  • Knowledge of fiscal policies and procedures as it pertains to financial aid;

  • Extremely good communication skills;

  • Ability to work within, and to enhance, the broader sense of the University’s mission;

  • In depth knowledge of principles and skills in employee supervision and coaching/counseling
    Skills and Abilities 

  • Proficiency in all levels of computer software as it pertains to financial and management applications (preferably MIP). This includes the ability to develop, interpret and inform/educate others regarding University/College fiscal systems, database documents, and spreadsheet applications.

  • High degree of proficiency in the use of all Microsoft Office products including word, excel and outlook.

  • Ability to represent the University at meetings with other universities and colleges, banks, foundations, and others.

  • Should have well-developed skills in presenting material and concepts that are clear and understandable to all levels of management and staff.

  • Represent the interests of the Finance department working with others in the University.

  • Must have strong interpersonal skills.

  • Must be able to communicate professionally and with a high degree of respect in stressful situations.

  • Must demonstrate leadership and ability to work with broad constituencies of the University.

  • Ability to respect and value diversity among faculty, administrative managers, and employees


The individual should have a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in either public accounting and/or university and college accounting (either as a treasurer, controller, or senior accountant). Preference for additional intensive education complementary to financial management in the areas of grant management, non-profits, fund accounting, management, marketing and planning. Minimum five years of experience in the supervision of accounting personnel is required.


Candidate should possess at the minimum a bachelor’s degree in business with a major in accounting and a CPA certificate.

This is a full-time position; 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday.

Salary is DOE + comprehensive benefits package.

Please refer to job #18-056 and position title when applying and send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: EEO Open until filled.