Western Arizona College

Director of Financial Services and Controller

Location: Yuma, AZ

Hear directly from CFO Ross Poppenberger

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Director of Financial Services and Controller (Director of Finance) plans, directs, administers and organizes the financial services operations for the AWC College District.  This includes preparation of  various financial reports for internal and external use. Additionally, district budget development and monitoring, and financial analyses initiation is a critical part of this role. This role also implements approved policies, accounting practices and procedures. 

Position Specification:

The Director of Finance is the central point of financial communication and budget management, supporting internal customers within the departments and functions of AWC.  The Director of Finance will work directly with AWC Vice Presidents, CFO, institution key leadership, faculty, supervisors and other key stakeholders. 

Responsibilities include $135 million budget development and management, ownership of the institution’s state audits, internal customer and stakeholder customer service, transformation project ownership (automatic budget transfers, for example), annual audit report preparation, consolidation of financial statements to ensure GAAP and GASB compliance, and vendor management. The Director of Finance is the data steward for fiscal access. This position will serve as the trusted confident that works in tandem with the CFO;  interacting daily in collaboration, strategy, problem solving, day-to-day discussions and providing executive briefings on transformation initiatives. 

Direct Reports: 

This position reports directly to the CFO, and the Director of Finance will lead a team of eight professionals.


  • Certified CPA 
  • Current knowledge of GAAP and GASB policies and practices
  • Minimum of five current years as a Controller or Assistant Controller

Salary Compensation: 

$125,000-$129,000 plus benefits, state pension enrollment (12% match), and family members eligible for 100% discounted tuition. AWC is a four-day work week institution.

Introducing Arizona Western College

Arizona Western College (AWC) is a two-year community college located in Yuma, AZ with 12,000 students located over multiple campuses. The student population is predominately first-generation college students comprised of traditionally underrepresented demographics. AWC plays an important role in the community both in higher education and civic engagement. AWC has 12 different locations in two counties. AWC offers divers international programs and 170 different degrees and certificates. 

AWC also hosts all three state universities on its main campus, which provides seamless transfer pathways to baccalaureates degrees. Founded in 1963, AWC boasts a modern campus with several capital construction projects ongoing to meet the growing demand of enrollment and offerings.