Director of Parish Financial Services – Archdiocese of Seattle (Seattle, WA)

Management, FT Employee
Archdiocese of Seattle (Seattle, WA)

Director of Parish Financial Services

The Administration & Finance Office of the Archdiocese of Seattle has an opening for a full-time Director of Parish Financial Services. This opening is to fill a vacant position.

The Archbishop is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the particular Church entrusted to him. In a unique and visible way, he makes Christ’s mission present and enduring as Shepherd of the Christian Community. In order to fulfill his mission, the Archbishop employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clerics, religious, or lay people). He shares with them the apostolic mission and entrusts various responsibilities to them. (Directory on the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, 198)

Each position employed in the Chancery helps to extend the ministry of the Archbishop in particular ways as outlined in the position description.

NOTE: This is an appointed position by the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and subject to Archdiocesan Policy pertaining to appointed positions. The supervisor of this position reserves the right to make necessary modifications to this position to reflect current and appropriate responsibilities.

Assists parishes in the Archdiocese in implementing sound financial practices, management and controls. Conducts financial analysis and interprets parish finances in support of the Parish Revolving Fund Commission and the Archdiocesan Building Commission. Manages the Parish Revolving Fund, staffs the PRF Committee, and serves on the Archdiocesan Revolving Fund Committee. Directs staff who collect and analyze parish financial information; calculate, bill and collect assessments; and assist in the development of Annual Catholic Appeal goals. Works with other Chancery departments to manage the content, collection, summarization and analysis of annual reports from parishes.

1. Assists Archdiocesan parishes in implementing sound financial practices, management structures and controls. Works closely with pastors, parish finance councils, and pastoral assistants for administration (PAAs) to develop and maintain appropriate accounting and financial systems. Assists pastors, PAAs and parish finance councils in developing financial plans as needed. Reviews and updates the accounting manual for parishes, trains parish accountants and bookkeepers in its use, and serves as consultant to pastors and other parish personnel in the area of financial planning and related decision making. Also, provides special analytical accounting services for parishes and faith communities.
2. Assists the Chief Financial Officer with special projects and financial planning. Analyzes special project proposals and applies mathematical projections in determining the long range effects of proposed projects, strategies or ventures.
3. Provides assistance to the Archbishop, Chancellor, Vicar for Clergy and/or Chief Financial Officer in investigating concerns about individual parish financial operations. Issues a report to the Archbishop or his delegate containing resolutions and/or recommendations for any necessary further action. Manages the Parish Financial Operations Review program which provides a review of parish finances, accounting operations, human resource procedures and safe environment implementation every three years or when there is a change of pastor, PAA, or at the request of the pastor or direction of the Archbishop. This includes recruiting and training accountants to conduct the reviews, documenting the reviews, and sending a report to the parish and the Chief Financial Officer.
4. Overall responsibility for directing and managing the Archdiocesan Savings and Loan System which includes the Parish Revolving Fund and the Archdiocesan Revolving Fund . This includes directing and managing the day-to-day operations of a $90 million Savings and Loan; serving as Loan Officer which includes guiding parishes in the preparation of their presentations before the Parish Revolving Fund Commission; managing and staffing the Parish Revolving Fund Commission ; serves on the Archdiocesan Revolving Fund Committee monitoring all loans including enforcement of policies and collecting of loans; and evaluating the appropriateness of interest rates established for deposits and loans.
5. Ensures prompt accurate processing of all stock donations and all vehicle donations to the Archdiocese. This includes ensuring accurate distribution of sale proceeds and, in the case of vehicles, determination of the disposition of the vehicle.
6. Manages parish assessments including developing and proposing formulae to the Archbishop, Archdiocesan Finance Council and Presbyteral Council, setting annual rates and monitoring payment. Works with individual parishes to evaluate the accuracy of information from parishes so that formulae can be fairly applied. Directs and manages the Archdiocesan Parish Assistance Fund. This includes developing a formula for the special assessment, soliciting and reviewing all grant applications and working with the Chief Financial Officer and the Archbishop for the allocation of grants.
7. Serves as a liaison between the Chancery’s Department of Administration and Finance and the PAAs. Provides information and communicates various Archdiocesan business efforts, finance, and administrative policies while encouraging a spirit of mutual cooperation between the Chancery and the PAAs. Plans and coordinates training sessions for new PAAs, the annual gathering of Pastoral Assistants for Administration, and other presentations as needed.


1. Primary:
a. Willingness and ability to support the mission of the Church by extending the ministry of the Archbishop.
b. Ability and desire to use God-given gifts and talents in service of the local Church in support of the collaboration between lay and ordained Ministers.
c. Active member of a parish/faith community in good standing with the Church.

2. Education:
a. BA in Accounting or equivalent experience.
b. CPA, preferred.

3. Experience:
a. Proficiency with computer, especially Microsoft Office.
b. Familiarity with computerized accounting systems.
c. Not for profit accounting experience, preferred.
d. Budgeting, auditing and audit management experience.
e. Management/supervisory experience.
f. Familiarity and experience with property loan arrangements and credit evaluation, preferred.

4. Other Elements:
a. Excellent oral and written communications, analytical and organizational skills.
b. Knowledge of and familiarity with parish structures and organizations.
c. Excellent interpersonal skills and an understanding of the Catholic Church’s culture to relate with pastors, parish administrators, and parish finance councils, etc.
d. Willing and able to work some evenings and/or weekends.
e. Must possess a valid WA driver’s license to be able to travel throughout the Archdiocese.

Competitive salary and excellent benefits. To apply for this job, please visit our website at We require all applicants to submit our standard application and a cover letter. Resumes alone will not be accepted. (0)

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