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Job Title: 

Housing Services Controller

Job Location: 
Salary Range: 
$112,904.88 - $137,201.40 Annually
Full Job Description: 

Washington County Department of Housing Services is looking for a dynamic finance professional to join our growing team. In addition to having a strong financial foundation, our next Housing Services Controller should have both leadership and management experience. In this position you will assume responsibility for accounting operations, oversee the budget process for the department and the Housing Authority, and manage the accounting staff.  

Our ideal candidate will be innovative, detail-oriented, and well-versed on financial principles. These skills will be drawn upon to develop and implement accounting policies and procedures, as well as overseeing audits and running key financial reports. They will also be comfortable with changing technological process, as they will be lead for all Housing Finance software. Knowledge of affordable housing and homeless programs is highly desirable, as is experience with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.   

The Department of Housing Services is an innovative and integrated organization comprised of our Moving to Work (MTW) Housing Authority, Homeless Programming team and affordable housing development operations. This integrated team model allows the Housing Department to quickly and effectively respond to our community’s affordable housing and homeless needs.  Our team centers equity, diversity and inclusion and the Housing Finance Controller will have the opportunity to center these values in our budget and yearly budgeting process. 


To learn more about the Department of Housing Services, please go to www.co.washington.or.us/housing


Why Washington County? 
Are you interested in challenging, meaningful, and rewarding work? Join Washington County in our commitment to advancing racial equity. Our Board of Commissioners worked closely with various community stakeholders and subject matter experts to develop an?Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Resolution. Adopted in February 2020, this resolution commits to the equitable delivery of Washington County’s services, resources, and opportunities for growth and development to every county resident. 


Washington County values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives, and life experiences. Our organization embraces innovation, collaboration and work-life harmony. We offer job stability, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to serve and support our diverse community. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and an inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


Duties may include:

Assumes leadership and management responsibility for accounting and financial services activities including the selection and application of accounting principles; and directs staff in formulating and documenting accounting policies and procedures. 

Manages and participates with the Department Director in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; and recommends and administers policies and procedures. 

Ensures that financial records accurately reflect the business transactions of the organization and are in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles applied in a consistent manner. 

Ensures the accuracy and integrity of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reporting as related to multifamily affordable housing development (e.g., tax-exempt bonds, tax credits). 

Assists in creating a positive and supportive work environment; enforces a safe workplace; establishes a culture of teamwork and communication; creates a workplace that promotes the organizational values of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion; and actively promotes an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society.

Ensures that adequate systems of internal control are in place and operating in the accounting function to provide accurate accounting records and to safeguard assets. This includes performing risk assessments and implementing new tools/procedures to mitigate risk. 

Prepares and communicates accurate, timely, and useful financial statements and other fiscal reports required by management, governmental agencies, partners, investors, trustees, lenders, and other users of financial information. 

Represents Washington County in communication with clients, business partners, regulatory authorities, lenders, vendors, rating agencies, investors, and all users of the organization's financial information and services. 

Manages the planning and coordination of audits, tax reviews, governmental reviews, and other third party evaluations of department finances. 

Provides consulting services to management on financial and accounting issues; directs and/or participates in researching complex accounting and finance related issues; and provides recommendations to management staff. 

Acts as lead point of contact with it for matters such as Yardi implementations, upgrades, service packs, reporting, or security as it relates to accounting and finance functions. 

Coordinates and leads Quarterly Accounting and Information Technology Service (ITS) meetings. 

Serves as backup administrator for electronic banking systems. 

Authorizes disbursements.

Provides assistance in evaluating and selecting the External Audit firm. 

Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates accounting personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; and implements discipline and termination procedures. 

Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the Department's annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; and implements adjustments. 

Serves as lead or staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; and prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence. 

Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of finance and accounting for housing authorities.


Education and Experience:

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in accounting from an accredited college or university; AND

Six (6) years of work experience in the managing of full cycle accounting functions, which includes work with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and financial reporting. Two (2) years of this work experience must be in a supervisory capacity.

Preferred Qualification 

Though not required to apply to this position, preference will be given to those candidates who possess a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  

Please be clear and specific in the applicable sections of the employment application about how your background is relevant. This information must also be consistent with your supplemental question responses. Please Note: Answers to the supplemental questions are typically evaluated separately from your application. 


Washington County is committed to using a Merit Based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities. 
Selection Process: 
1. Week of September 4, 2022: An evaluation of training and experience of submitted application packets will be performed by Human Resources. 

2. Week of September 11, 2022: A Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel will perform an evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials including responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process may take up to 2 weeks due to the holiday. 

3. Our goal is to schedule oral panel interviews with candidates that successfully passed the SME evaluation step as soon as possible. 
Please note: candidates that are successful in the evaluation process may have their applications referred for additional vacancies in the same classification, or job family. 
Veterans' Preference 
If you are a Veteran and would like to be considered for a Veterans' preference for this recruitment, please review instructions using this link: https://www.co.washington.or.us/Support_Services/HR/Employment/upload/Veterans-Preference-Documentation-07-30-2019.pdf
Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act 
Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-846-8606, or e-mail: hr@co.washington.or.us at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation. 

Status of Your Application 
You will be advised by e-mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition. Please note that Washington County communicates with all candidates via email. If you "opt out" or "unsubscribe" of email notification from notices in NEOGOV it will impact our ability to communicate with you about job postings. 

To Apply: 


Date Posted: 
Monday, August 29, 2022
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, September 4, 2022
Posting Expiration Date: 
Friday, October 28, 2022
Job Location Details: 
Hillsboro, OR

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