Assistant Accounting Manager

Posted on January 4, 2024
AFT Washington
Cascadia College
Starting at 
 per year
Kirkland, WA
Health insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement benefits, Life and disability insurance
Applications accepted until position filled

Location: Cascadia College
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

About Us

Cascadia College is seeking highly motivated individuals who are interested in being part of a small yet dynamic community, with a faculty and staff that are dedicated to meeting the needs of our intersectional, diverse students. Cascadia College is committed to creating and supporting an equitable and inclusive faculty, staff, and student population centered on dismantling systemic oppression and historic marginalization. Individual differences are celebrated in a community of learners focused on social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Application Instructions

Vacancy Announcement

Assistant Accounting Manager

Open Until Filled


In order to submit a complete application and receive full consideration by the Search Committee, please include the following attachments with your online application:

  1. Equity Statement (expected length 500 – 800 words) to include each of the following elements:
    1. A description of a time when you recognized an equity issue. What was the issue? What did you do to make a difference? What did you learn about equity through this experience?
    2. A detailed description of how you are seeking to learn more about equity related issues including but not limited to race, gender, LGBTQ+, disability (ableism), age (ageism), socioeconomic class, and body diversity.
    3. An explanation of how you will contribute to equity at Cascadia (i.e. closing the achievement gap and raising the retention rates amongst historically marginalized students), as well as actively work against the institutionalized norms of oppression against historically marginalized people.
  2. Cover Letter (not to exceed 1,000 words) that specifically addresses how your qualifications and experiences meet or exceed the minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and the characteristics of the position.
  3. Resume

Position Overview

The Assistant Accounting Manager serves as the principal assistant to the college’s Director of Finance, helping perform analysis, research, and follow-ups as applicable. The position enables the College to meet financial management, reporting and accreditation requirements by ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of analyzed financial information. The position performs analysis that empowers management to make sound resource management decisions that enable the college to fulfill its mission.

The position collaborates with fiscal analysts and specialists to interpret and apply accounting principles and practices, applicable laws, statutes, rules and ordinances, and departmental policies. Working within a complex environment with a large number of reporting and compliance requirements, the position is required to: analyze and reconcile complex financial transactions; provide assistance and support to staff related to assigned functional area and activities; and, evaluate, recommend and implement improvements to existing and new systems and processes.

As the Assistant Accounting Manager, it is expected that the following qualities will be demonstrated daily: a high degree of understanding and empathy for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, as well as the ability to encourage the inclusion of all voices in decision-making, promoting equity in all areas, and actively working against institutionalized norms of oppression against historically marginalized people.

Employee Type: Full Time Exempt, Temporary expected to be converted to permanent within 12-18 months

Initial Salary: $68,097.54 annually, inclusive of 5% King County Premium Pay (KCPP)

Supervising Position: Accounting Manager
Essential Duties

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with deans, HR/Payroll, directors and operations team members to optimize the tracking and reporting of financial activities.
  • Facilitates data-gathering and reporting for college-initiated monthly, quarterly and annual financial reviews with a variety of stakeholders including the President, Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, Board of Trustees and members of the State Board accounting and business office.
  • Assists department leads with budgetary and financial analysis and reporting. Maintains the integrity of the budget data as it changes. Gathers data and facts in order to complete analysis. Decides what technique should be implemented to achieve goals and communicates information to appropriate parties.
  • Tracks, analyzes and reports program goals and outcomes to internal and external agencies.
  • Assists with leading critical finance projects and initiatives (e.g., federal reporting, ctcLink year-end; improving/establishing processes, answering questions from stakeholders)
  • Supports fiscal analysts, conducts training and providing technical advice and counsel to junior finance employees and other College staff.
  • Demonstrates applied level proficiency in accounting practices, principles and interrelationships for both management and outside agencies/organizations.
  • Observes internal controls and financial compliance initiatives and provides feedback for improvements by applying audit techniques and practices to ensure the integrity and accuracy of recorded information.
  • Coordinates other special projects and programs as requested; may serve on various committees as assigned; attends and participates in professional group meetings.
  • In absence of the Director of Finance, serves in Director of Finance place.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of classes equating to 8-12 quarters (4-6 semesters; 2-3 years full-time) while pursuing a degree in accounting, finance or business administration from an accredited institution or equivalent work experience
  • 1 year of progressively responsible experience as an accountant in a non-profit, education or other government agency or 3+ years in other industries.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, and ability to independently research
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion and the ability to support a diverse workplace and educational environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1 year of experience in fund accounting
  • Knowledge of Governmental Accounting and Fund Reporting (GAAFR) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) guidelines
  • Experience working with PeopleSoft
  • Experience working in the Washington State Community and Technical College system

Physical Work Environment

Semi-Sedentary Work: Involves staying in a stationary position to a significant degree. Jobs are sedentary if moving is required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The College is currently in hybrid operations, with many assignments completed in an online environment during this time. Full-time employees are expected to be on-campus at least three (3) days per week with the option to work remotely for the remainder of their working days. Employees will need to provide their own remote workspace and internet access, noting the College will provide technical equipment and support for online work needs. During on-campus operations, this position will perform work in a standard office setting, use standard office equipment and physically attend meetings both on and off campus and requires the ability to communicate in person or through appropriate means.

Positions in this class typically require operating a computer, communicating, observing, and repetitive motions.

This position involves exerting between 10-30 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to transport, put, install, remove, or otherwise move objects, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Condition of Employment

As an institution that upholds the value of diversity, equity and inclusion of every individual, Cascadia College expects its employees to embody and promote these values. Both current and prospective employees of the College are encouraged to seek deeper understanding in these areas as part of professional growth.

Cascadia College maintains a drug-free work and learning environment and prohibits smoking in all college buildings and state-owned vehicles.

Cascadia College offers comprehensive Benefits packages to support you and your family in a variety of ways. All eligible employees, retirees, and their dependents are offered: medical, dental, and vision plan options; life insurance; long-term disability insurance; medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts; leave programs; employee assistance programs; tuition waiver; optional credit union participation; optional home/auto insurance, and retirement planning.

To learn more about the benefits offered here, please click on the Employee Benefits tab located on our Jobs at Cascadia webpage or click here: https://www.cascadia.edu/discover/about/jobs/default.aspx#benefits

Campus Safety

In recognition of the Jeanne Clery Act, information on our campus safety can be found at www.uwb.edu/safety.

Cascadia Commitment

Cascadia College is committed to creating and supporting a diverse faculty, staff and student population. Individual differences are celebrated in a community of learners focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Cascadia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion/creed, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, age, genetic information, marital or honorably discaharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, and is prohibited from discrimination in such a manner by college policy and state and federal law. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process may make request to the Human Resources Office by calling (425) 352-8880.

About the employer: Cascadia College

Cascadia College is seeking highly motivated individuals who are interested in being part of a small, friendly community with faculty and staff that are dedicated to meeting the needs of our students. We are the newest college in Washington State’s community and technical college system, and take great pride in our learning environment focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as our focus on environmental stewardship and global awareness.

About your union: AFT Washington

AFT Washington is a state federation affiliated with the 1.6 million American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. We represent about 6,500 members including faculty from the community and technical colleges and pre-K through 12 classified employees. We also jointly represent professors at Eastern, Central, and Western Washington universities and The Evergreen College with the Washington Education Association. The mission of AFT Washington is to voice the ideals of our locals and members for workplace fairness and social justice while strengthening and focusing their collective power to attain those ideals.

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