Job description

Location: Centralia College
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 10310
About Us

Centralia College is located on a 30-acre campus in the heart of Centralia, Washington and has been serving students in the Lewis County region since 1925. As a comprehensive community college, Centralia College offers academic transfer and workforce programs, as well as adult basic education, ELL, and personal enrichment classes. The college also offers four Bachelor of Applied Science degrees: Information Technology - Application Development, Diesel Technology, Applied Management (Business), and Teacher Education.

In addition to the main campus in Centralia, Centralia College East in Morton is a smaller site that serves the needs of students in east Lewis County. Since the college is committed to the success of all students, Centralia College also provides educational programs at two corrections centers in southwest Washington - Garrett Heyns Education Center located in Shelton, Washington and Cedar Creek Corrections Center located in Littlerock, Washington. In total, the college serves more than 7,000 students annually. For more than 90 years, several generations of Lewis County residents have looked to Centralia College for their education and training needs.

For more information on Centralia College and what it can do for you, please call 360-736-9391 or visit

Job Description Position Purpose

The Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA) provides leadership, strategic planning, and coordination of the college’s fiscal and administrative operations to ensure optimal support of the college's mission and goals. The VPFA exercises discretionary authority for developing, planning, implementing, and coordinating comprehensive institutional support services, budget planning, facilities operations, and capital project management.

Nature and Scope

The VPFA serves as the Chief Fiscal Officer and reports to the President of the college. The VPFA has primary responsibility for management of the administrative and business functions including fiscal services, budget, payroll, facilities operations, capital planning and projects, risk management, safety, security and emergency management. The position requires substantive knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations and close collaboration with external offices including the Office of Financial Management, Washington State Auditor's Office, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and the Department of Corrections. The VPFA works closely with the other vice presidents and actively supports teaching, learning, diversity and equity. The VPFA understands the mission of the college and is focused on fulfillment of that mission.

Duties and Responsibilities
    Provide leadership to various functions within Administrative Services, including fiscal services, budget, payroll, custodial and grounds services, maintenance and construction, security, risk management, technology, and institutional technology.Implement financial, accounting, and budget systems that promote financial stability and maximize college resources; assure broad participation in budget planning.Establish and apply a system of internal controls to assure legal/fiscal compliance with laws, rules, and generally accepted practices applicable to the operation of the college.Ensure flexible, responsive and high-quality customer service to all constituents and maintain a culture of shared governance and respect.Ensure that programs, support services, resources and systems are user-friendly for all students (credit and non-credit), faculty, and staff.Provide cost-effective administrative support services responsive to the needs of students, faculty, staff and community.Establish a budget development process that is built on transparency and supports equity, teaching, and learning. Establish systems and procedures to ensure the consistent delivery of high-quality services.Serve as treasurer of the Board of Trustees according to RCW 28B.50.142.Ensure a physical environment that is clean, aesthetic, safe, well-maintained and supportive of the learning environment.Conduct financial analysis and prepare reports necessary for the management and operation of the college.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of the college’s master facility plan, capital program, building renovations, contracting, and construction.
  • Review and assess the operational and financial viability of new and existing contractual agreements and proposals.
  • Develop a team that promotes innovation, accountability, and up-to-date professional development consistent with the college’s mission. Contribute to the appreciation of diversity, equity and inclusion and foster a climate of multicultural understanding.Function as a member of the President’s Executive Management Team, Administrative Services Cabinet, Institutional Effectiveness Committee, Budget Review and Planning Committee, Facilities Committee, and other committees as assigned.Performs other duties as assigned by the President.
    Master’s degree in accounting, business, economics, finance, or related field; or an equivalent combination of Bachelor’s degree, industry certification, and relevant experience.Five or more years of progressively responsible administrative experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities described.Demonstrated experience developing fiscal planning, policies, and practices that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.Demonstrated cross-cultural skills and ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures.An established record of increasingly responsible supervisory experience.
Preferred Qualifications
    Direct experience with Washington State budgeting processes, legislative process, fiscal note analysis and government policy development.Community college leadership experience.Advanced knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews.Advanced industry-related credential: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA).Demonstrated experience solving complex problems.Knowledge and understanding of enterprise risk management and internal control principles.
Conditions of Employment

This is a twelve (12) month per year, full-time administrative professional exempt position. The salary is $130,000 - 145,000 depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The state of Washington provides a comprehensive benefits package for state employees. The position may participate in the TIAA/CREF retirement system.

DEADLINE: The Screening Committee will begin priority review on April 16, 2021. Position is open until filled.


Annual Salary: $130,000-145,000 (DOQ/DOE)

Application Process

Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

  • Online Application
  • Cover Letter that addresses your interest in the position and ability to perform the responsibilities described in this announcement.
  • Detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the qualifications.
  • List of at least three professional references with contact information. References are typically contacted after interviews.
Eligibility to Work

If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Background Check

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

EEO Statement

Centralia College has a strong institutional commitment to the principles of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we strongly urge all qualified applicants, especially people of color, persons of disability, women, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans, to apply. Centralia College is an Equal Opportunity employer.

It is the policy of Centralia College to assure equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age (over 40), religion, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.

Centralia College does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Designated Title II, VI, VII, IX, Section 504, ADA compliance officer: Vice President for Human Resources and Equity, Hanson Hall Room 101, Centralia College, 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia WA 98531-4099, (360)623-8943.

The Human Resources Office is accessible for persons with disabilities. Those who need disability accommodation in the application/employment process, please call (360)623-8943.

Jeanne Clery Statement

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report—Centralia College's Annual Crime/Security Report is available here, containing mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, required statistics, and other related information. To obtain a paper copy of the report, please call 360-623-8947.

Title IX Statement

Centralia College is compliant with Title IX best practices. For more information visit, Title IX.




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Posted: 3/22/2021
Application Due: 5/28/2021
Work Type: Full Time