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Director of Finance



Accounting & Finance
Olympia, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Who We Are:

The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), AFSCME Council 28, has a long history of fighting for workers’ rights and employee benefits while tackling social justice issues with passion and energy. The WFSE has been operating in the state capital for 80 years fighting for fairness and equality. We ensure hard-working public service workers get better pay, health care, and retirement, and a healthy work environment. There is more to accomplish, and we believe we can accomplish it with the right personnel. Come join our team and be part of a larger mission that will make an impact for years to come. Learn more about who we are at: wfse.org.

What We are Looking For:

The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is recruiting to fill a Director of Finance position. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, this position contributes to the mission of the organization by leading the company’s strategic planning and operational finance activities that enable increasing company efficiencies, optimization, and scalability by overseeing the entire Finance and accounting functions and reports to the Executive Director. This position also develops/refine, implements, and manages financial reporting and forecasting systems and formats that capture the critical elements of the business segments, along with key financial metrics necessary for successful management.

The Director of Finance is responsible for creating, developing, and managing the financial statements and management reports for the Union. This position supervises a unit of four (4) employees including a Senior Accountant, Accounting Specialist, Payroll & Benefits Specialist, and an Associate. The Director of Finance conducts the Beck calculation for the Council, which produces the annual representation fee rate and assures appropriate system rates are updated as needed. This position prepares Council LM-2 Report, drafts initial annual budget for planning purposes and participates in budget development process. The Director of Finance also maintains investment funds, prepares information for annual CPA and AFSCME audits while maintaining asset inventory. This position also maintains relationships with banks, investment managers, insurance agents and adjustors, and other vendors.

The Director of Finance also prepares various reports and calculations as required by AFSCME International such as the annual census and calculation for the AFSCME Pension Plan, annual wage, and wage increase reports for our bargaining unit members. Attends Finance Committee meetings and reports to committee current state of budget and available funds. Prepares all financial documents as required or directed. Prepares or works with auditors to prepare all tax returns and IRS reports including the 1120-POL, 990, 941, 940, W-2, W-3, 1099. Maintains and prepares reports such as the IRS 8872 for the Separate Segregated Fund for candidate contributions. Prepares the annual Accountable Care Act reports. Maintain Personal Property tax lists and remits personal property taxes to Thurston and Spokane Counties as required by law. This position also manages staff performing accounting procedures, including accounts payable/receivable, payroll, dues/fees processing, and tracking of leave, activity reports, and local treasurer reports. This position reviews and approves all recorded financial transactions.

Additional duties include:

  • Oversee, develop, and mentor accounting team.
  • Ensure compliance with local state and federal government requirements.
  • Oversee the production of periodic financial reports; ensures that the reported results comply with generally accepted account principles or financial reporting standards.
  • Manage cash flow and asset management, drive forecasting and budgeting activities.
  • Ensure accuracy, compliance, and timeliness of accounting processes.
  • Assess, develop, and implement internal controls.
  • Additional projects and accounting support as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or closely related field.
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible accounting experience including financial statement preparation, budgeting, payroll, purchasing, and accounts payable/receivable.
  • In depth knowledge of accounting principles, practices, standards, laws, and regulations.
  • At least three (3) years of supervising staff and setting performance expectations.
  • Excellent managerial skills
  • Thorough understanding of budgeting and accounting principles, practices, and policies.
  • Ability to create and manage corporate budgets.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite as well as Budget Creating and Analysis software.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA or CMA highly preferred.
  • 8+ years of progressive accounting experience.
  • Previous supervisory experience and exposure to a Labor Union structured organization.
  • Analytical mindset with the ability to problem-solve and think strategically.

Special Note:

As a condition of employment, candidates who accept a position will be required to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Additionally, it is expected that selected candidates live within a reasonable commuting distance of their assigned work location. This position is overtime exempt and may be required to work some evenings and weekends. Some travel may be required. Must have a valid driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and valid vehicle insurance. Excellent benefit package includes $150 cell phone allowance, vacation, and sick leave, medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, 401K, pension, and (12) twelve paid holidays. Salary range is $109,365 to $126,604 and will be determined commensurate with experience. This position is exempt and serves at the pleasure of the Executive Director.

How to Apply:

This position is open until filled; however, the hiring authority may conduct interviews as soon as qualified candidates apply. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.