Director of Finance and Administration, Bellingham, WA

Director of Finance and Administration: The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks a results-oriented, progressive and personable Director of Finance and Administration to oversee and manage accounting and administrative functions, purchasing activities and facility management. Requires Bachelor’s degree in related field, seven or more years’ recent, progressively responsible, and professional accounting experience, including budgeting and payroll. Full-time, FLSA exempt position with competitive salary and excellent benefits. Apply by Monday, November 30, 2015. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at: http://www.wcls.org/Current-Openings/.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks a results-oriented, progressive and personable Director of Finance and Administration to oversee and manage accounting and administrative functions, purchasing activities and facility management.

The Director of Finance and Administration is responsible for:

Executive leadership: articulates, supports, and implements the mission, goals and policies of WCLS; works closely with the management team to improve the overall value, effectiveness and efficiency of all library resources and services.

Budget management: develops and monitors the WCLS budget; coordinates the budget preparation process; works with staff to ensure appropriate internal controls.

Accounting: oversees WCLS purchasing system, payroll functions, accounts payable and receivable functions; WCLS fund investments and cash receipts.

Fiscal oversight: prepares annual financial statement of revenue, expenditures, changes in fund balance and annual reports for the state auditor; prepares annual report and other financial reports for the state library; prepares and presents financial information for board of trustee meetings.

Facilities: manages the central services facility; works with facilities manager to identify and resolve building/facility concerns; oversees building contract administration; coordinates public safety initiatives and library insurance policies; serves as American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator for WCLS.

Vehicles and materials distribution: oversees materials distribution department; vehicle purchasing and maintenance.

Supervision: supervises accounting, facility management and materials distribution staff; evaluates and makes recommendations on staff development needs, staffing allocations and other personnel matters.

QUALIFICATIONS: You are a skilled leader and manager with a sound understanding of the principles, practices and procedures of administrative and fiscal management.  You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a proven track record of motivating and developing staff and building rapport at all levels of the organization. You have the ability to analyze situations, handle the details without losing sight of the big picture, and make solid decisions. Requires the ability to speak, understand, and write English clearly and concisely.  Requires a Bachelor’s degree in related field, seven or more years’ recent, progressively responsible, and professional accounting experience, including budgeting and payroll; public sector and managerial experience are preferred.  Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. New employees are subject to a CRC (criminal records check) per RCW 43.43.832.

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