Executive Director/Associate Controller of Management Accounting and Analysis

The University of Washington, one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions, invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director(ED)/Associate Controller of Management Accounting and Analysis.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Controller, the ED is responsible for execution of the University of Washington’s Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rate proposal and for negotiation of rates based on a complex set of costing rules and University-wide data from many sources that must be synthesized. The ED must develop a proposal compliant with federal guidelines that maximizes recovery of costs and must review the annual Fringe Benefit rate proposal for compliance with costing guidance and for negotiating the rate with the federal government. The ED is responsible for Effort and Grant and Contract Certification compliance and for coordinating with UW IT professionals on the maintenance of the University’s Effort Certification system. Effort and Grant and Contract Certification have university-wide implications for compliance and costing and direct impact on faculty, Department Chairs, and Deans.  The ED is responsible for overseeing the review of rate structures for all University Service and Recharge Centers at inception as well as ongoing reviews of Service Center rates, corresponding financial statements, and cash positions of operating budgets. Related to all of these processes is the need for understanding the detailed, complex, and unique set of costing standards in the federal Uniform Guidance relevant to each discipline, understanding the University’s complex accounting structure, and applying Uniform Guidance standards to all aspects of the work of the team.

The University of Washington’s next Executive Director/Associate Controller of Management Accounting and Analysis will have exceptional leadership, technical, cost accounting, F&A rate proposal preparation and negotiation, Fringe Benefit rate proposal negotiation, federal recharge and service center rate review, and customer services skills, as well as a demonstrated commitment to working with process improvement methods. Specific requirements include: a degree in accounting, business, finance, or related field and eight years of costing and/or financial accounting experience. An MBA or CPA/CGFM/CMA is preferred. The ideal candidate will also have excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to exercise independent judgment, team facilitation experience, and outstanding verbal and written communication.


The University of Washington has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Jim Hess, Partner and Katie Dean, Associate Partner are leading the search. For more information or to apply (in confidence), please contact Katie at katie.dean@opuspartners.net

The University of Washington is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Contact Information

University of Washington




215 790-1188 x227

Background Information

4-Year Degree

  • College/University
  • Finance, Operations
  • Research Administrator/Manager


Target Job Information

  • Full Time