Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) was founded as a 501(c) (3) non-profit medical institution in 2005 aimed at increasing access to health care in medically underserved areas of the Pacific Northwest.

The University currently offers the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine enrolling a total of 560 medical students with plans to develop other programs and/or colleges. Interprofessional education partnerships with other universities adds another 100 students to the population. The campus includes 300 employees with academic programming spread over a five state region.

PNWU is located in Yakima, WA, a city of approximately 95,000 located in the south central part of the state near the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in a major agricultural and outdoor recreation region. It is approximately 140 miles from Seattle, 170 miles from Portland, and 200 miles from Spokane. The Yakima Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

General Summary:

The controller oversees the day-to-day operations of the finance department, emphasizing a collaborative, mission-driven financial management culture, and financial accountability. Assists units with strategic and administrative planning, financial projects, and general accounting guidance. Ensures compliance with regulatory requirements, internal control guidelines, and university procedures. Reports to the CFO.

Essential Job Functions:

• Oversees all activities associated with the general ledger, including but not limited to, reviewing and approving accounts payable, payroll and revenue entries, account reconciliations, and journal entries;

• Responsible for the preparation of monthly and annual GAAP financial statements;

• Coordinates internal and external audits, and prepares audit documentation;

• Manages the annual budget preparation with staff and Budget Directors; meets regularly with all budget directors to address budget needs and provide guidance;

• Using critical thinking skills, continually reviews department processes to improve efficiency and customer service;

• Performs financial analysis of revenues and expenditures periodically throughout the fiscal year;

• Generates standard and ad hoc financial reports for management use;

• Oversees grant and contract accounting in accordance with regulatory and other guidelines;

• Represents the office on various internal and university-wide committees and initiatives in order to provide financial and operational support;

• Coordinate all regulatory tax filings including maintaining property tax exemptions;

• Manage fixed asset accounting and provide accounting support and reporting for capital projects;

• Responsible for endowment and investment accounting;

• Participates in development of long-range strategic plan for work unit and coordinates communication of objectives to achieve goals;

• Supports the CFO by providing tactical administrative and managerial advice and evaluates related proposed solutions and internal proposals;

• Manages, supervises and trains assigned staff and monitors work in progress. Reviews job performance consistent with department and university goals;

• Understands accreditation standards and expectations specific to the department and is expected to meet or exceed such standards;

• Conducts all activities consistent with the philosophy and mission of PNWU;

• Other duties as assigned.



• Bachelor's Degree in related field or equivalent experience.


• Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a 4 year degree in accounting

• Five to eight years of progressively more responsible and expansive work experience in accounting, management and supervision; or an equivalent combination of education and experience

• CPA preferred

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Strong organization, interpersonal, and planning skills; strong computer skills, including Excel, accounting and reporting software; strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to work in a team and flexibility to work with others in a variety of circumstances; ability to successfully lead others; ability to problem solve by analyzing issues and creating action plans; ability to manage projects and people and prioritize and self-direct work flow; ability to work with and manage different computer programs and databases, ability to schedule activities and/or meetings.

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PNWU is a drug-free workplace, equal opportunity employer and educational institution. To request this publication in an alternative format, or to apply in an alternative format, please call Human Resources, 509.452.5100.

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