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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Our Department of Financial Accounting has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Manager of Financial Reporting

The Manager of Financial Reporting leads the UW Financial Reporting group, which is focused on University-wide reporting prepared in compliance with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) as well as the State Administrative and Accounting Manual (SAAM). Accounting personnel include three professional accountants and one student assistant. This position oversees all activities of these staff including performance, productivity and professional development.

The Manager of Financial Reporting is responsible for timely and accurate preparation of financial statements, supporting schedules and analysis supporting the UW Financial Report, as well as similar financial statements and schedules supporting the Office of Financial Management (OFM) Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The position leads analysis and improvement of UW accounting processes. Responsibilites involve ownership and continual review of processes to establish better interfaces, as well as change leadership with respect to processes internal to Financial Reporting.

The Manager of Financial Reporting communicates externally with OFM to ensure compliance with all provisions of the SAAM in submission of accounting data to the State's Automated Financial Reporting System (AFRS) to accommodate the preparation of the CAFR. The position also coordinates responses to legislative staff regarding reconciling differences or other ad hoc inquiries about account balances and activity.

The position communicates with departments across the university regarding enhancements, updates, and changes to the accounting process. These discussions involve communication and interaction with individuals at various levels at the University, including heads of major departments, directors, managers, and staff.

The Manager of Financial Reporting is responsible for supporting preparation of University-wide reporting for the Board of Regents, external users of University financial information, and to the State of Washington.

This position is responsible for implementation of accounting processes that will allow the external state and independent auditors to conclude that the University's financial statements are fairly presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and to provide the University with a "clean" audit opinion that has impact on credit ratings by internal rating agencies such as Moody’s. The ratings affect the cost of borrowing which has a direct impact on University operations and capital projects.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field, plus a minimum six years’ experience with full scope accounting work including supervision of professional staff.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • CPA with experience in public accounting

    Condition of Employment:

    A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

    Application Process:
    Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line cover letter assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The cover letter assessment will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

    Salary is commensurate with experience and education

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability , and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or .

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