Summary of Duties: The Accounts Payable and Travel Services Manager, under the direction of the Controller, provides daily management guidance to the Accounts Payable and Travel Services section of the Business Services/Controller's operation. Duties include providing leadership and team building; employee supervision; coaching, interviewing, hiring, training and evaluating personnel; interpreting state and federal regulations; formulating University policy for compliance and implementation as appropriate. The incumbent oversees and manages the day-to-day operation of the Accounts Payable and Travel Services unit and provides direction for technical and clerical staff, and is responsible for collaborating with the Controller and/or the IT Services to find solutions to accounting system issues. This includes acting as project manager for system updates and improvements as necessary.
The incumbent also acts as a liaison between Accounts Payable and Travel Services, WSU departments and payees which includes vendors, employees, and students. This position requires daily negotiation of mutually beneficial solutions to issues raised by departmental customers, while meeting strict compliance requirements and maintaining excellent customer service under tight deadlines and processing constraints. The incumbent must use critical judgment to interpret and apply Federal and State tax code, as well as State and University policies and to calculate and report necessary tax withholding. The incumbent needs to be a self-motivated individual who can work independently.
The incumbent serves as an expert resource for departmental customers on policy, procedure, and best practices related to the expenditure of University resources and must have knowledge of the appropriate use of a wide variety of funding sources for a broad range of departmental needs. The incumbent must have a strong understanding of compliance issues and generally accepted accounting principles. The incumbent will be required at times to travel for training, to coordinate and participate in process efficiency and system modernization projects.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelors degree in accounting, business administration or closely related field which has included at least nine (9) semester hours or equivalent quarter hours of college-level accounting courses AND five (5) years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience including two (2) years of accounting supervisory experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.