1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 213836
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 01/12/2023 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: $7644 - $23003 per month 
Other Compensation:  
Shift: First Shift 
Benefits: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The School of Medicine (SoM) has an outstanding opportunity for a Controller to join their team.

The University of Washington School of Medicine (SoM) is nationally and internationally recognized for excellent programs in clinical care, teaching, and research activities. The SoM has 31 academic departments with over 3,700+ teaching and research faculty, 5,000+ clinical faculty, 4,800 students and trainees, and 3,700+ staff with annual UW based activity of over $2.2B.

The SoM is part of UW Medicine which operates or manages the following organizations dedicated to patient care, medical education, and research: Airlift Northwest, Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center Montlake, UW Medical Center Northwest, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Valley Medical Center. UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and in the ownership of Childrens University Medical Group. UW Medicine also has strong affiliations with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Childrens, VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Boise VA Medical Center. UW Medicine also partners with multiple other healthcare organizations joined with us in contracts with payers related to provision of value-based healthcare.

The SoM medical school program serves the five-state WWAMI region: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. For a comprehensive overview of UW Medicine, including the School of Medicine, refer to the factbook: www.uwmedicine.org/factbook.

UW Medicines mission is to improve the health of the public. UW Medicine supports equity, diversity, and inclusion in our classrooms, clinics, workplace, and community. Our faculty and staff are passionate about finding solutions to the social issues that create barriers and disparities in access to healthcare. In 2017, UW Medicine adopted a multi-year Healthcare Equity Blueprint: http://cedi-web01.s.uw.edu/about-us/uw-medicine-healthcare-equity-blueprint/.

Under the general guidance of the School of Medicine Associate Dean for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer (Associate Dean) the Controller has senior management responsibility for a wide range of School of Medicine (SOM) Deans Office operations, including financial analysis/management, budget to actual performance review, special project support, and other important financial functions residing in the Deans Office and across the School of Medicine.


The Controller serves as the principal deputy to the Associate Dean and must demonstrate effective business acumen, administrative judgment, and innovative ability. The Controller is a senior official responsible for all matters pertaining to finance and operations of the School of Medicine. The Controller is responsible for the operation and financial activities of the Dean of Medicine. Under the general guidance of the Associate Dean, the Controller serves as the primary SoM administrative contact for external auditors and requests for information from parties external to the University. This position has frequent interaction with the Dean, Vice, Associate and Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, Vice Chairs, Directors and Administrators, and heads of SoM administrative units, as well as with relevant central University offices. Subject to direction from the Associate Dean, the Controller has decision-making authority, and must exercise prudent judgment to maximize the use of the School's financial resources. The Controller will delegate to and supervise the activities of subordinate professional or classified staff to facilitate the execution of these responsibilities.


Representative elements of the Controllers duties and responsibilities include the following:

Financial Analysis and Management
  • The Controller is responsible for reviewing Departmental financial results and working closely with the Associate Dean, Department Chairs, Department Vice Chairs, Department Directors, and the Department Administrators to ensure financial solvency of School Departments.
  • Will work to provide financial oversight, planning and analysis to support SoM wide funding of Graduate Medical Education (GME) and other GME related issues.
  • Support and monitor financial activities for SoM Institutes to ensure they remain financially viable and sustainable.
  • Act as lead SoM contact with Internal Audit to manage SoM wide audit issues, manage follow-up and implementation across all SoM units.
  • Reviewing and proposing modifications to management reports utilized by the SoM and UW Medicine leadership to manage the SoM and to assist in tracking toward financial and strategic goals of the SoM.
  • With new Workday financials implementation in FY24 (July 1, 2023) position will play integral role in financial reporting transformation and implementation across the SoM to meet goals to bring efficiency in reporting and identify gaps in reporting, areas for enhancement or modification, and to leverage efficiency across the SoM (including Departments, programs, institutes, and the Deans Office).  Will also include testing and verification of compliance with SoM Financial Data Model standards and guidelines.
  • Administrative contact for external auditors and requests for information from external parties.

    Strategic Planning
  • Developing various strategic financial plans for the Deans Office and assists with the strategic financial plans of the SoM departments.
  • As a senior administrator, the Controller has a key role in the development of strategic plans for SoM. This includes preparation of accounting analyses of the School of Medicine funds and budgets for multiple years, prior and future. A number of financial forecasting tools and technologies must be employed to develop detailed projections of revenues and expenses.

    Special Projects
  • Special projects as assigned.


  • Master's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Health Care Administration, or another related field.
  • Three years of management level experience preferably in a CPA firm, academic medical center, hospital environment, or major institution of higher education.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Demonstrated experience in accounting, financial management, business planning, financial analysis, and/or strategic planning.
  • Functional understanding, knowledge of and ability to develop sophisticated applications using Excel, Access, and other standard computer-based tools.
  • Supervisory and office management experience. Demonstrated experience working in large, diverse, highly structured environments.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal). Ability to communicate in an amiable, yet effective manner. Skilled in appropriate use of diplomacy when dealing with Dean, Chairs, or faculty.
  • General understanding of physicians billing, practice management and research administration and other key components of the academic medical center where there is not a direct responsibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain harmonious working relationships and effectively address complex and sensitive administrative issues throughout the spectrum of constituents.
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of reliability, accuracy, and productivity.


  • CPA Certification
  • Seven years of management level experience preferably in a CPA firm, academic medical center, hospital environment, or major institution of higher education.

    Application Process:   The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

  • Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.


    Employees of the University of Washington are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.


    Posted: 2022-12-01 Expires: 2023-02-24

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