Business and Finance Officer II

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Finance
Posted on October 13, 2021
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The Solid Waste Division’s (SWD) two Budget Analysts support the division’s Rate Lead, program managers in each of Solid Waste’s sections, and division senior staff in the development, monitoring, and maintenance of the department's capital budget and rate development process. These exciting, customer-service focused positions are within the division’s Strategy, Communications, and Performance Section (SCP). More specifically, within the Strategy Team, which is a group of financial and policy analysts and project managers who work to provide analytical and problem-solving support to the division’s leadership as well as operations, project management, communications, recycling, and engineering/science staff. 


The division is recruiting two budget analysts, one will focus on the capital program and its financing structure, while the other is focused more on the division’s operating funds. However, both will work together to ensure broad knowledge and training across both focus areas. Responsibilities of the position include evaluating section budget requests for both operating and capital funds, identification of significant financial and policy issues, evaluating and recommending alternative approaches to senior staff and division leadership, completing financial forecasts, managing debt service, and collaborating with department and county budget staff to resolve technical budget and rate issues. The incumbent is expected to complete these essential functions with minimal supervision, exercising independent professional judgment in their interactions with department, division, and county staff. 

Opportunity to Learn More: We invite you to join an MS Teams Meeting Open House to learn more about this position. We will hold this event on October 25, 2021 from 3pm to 4pm. Click here to join the meeting or for audio only call 1-425-653-6586 and use Phone Conference ID: 894 392 409#.

If you are unable to join the Open House and have questions about the position, you may contact Brian Halverson at 


Who May Apply: These positions are open to all qualified applicants. The Solid Waste Division values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The division encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and veterans.

Telecommuting Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by telecommuting, with occasional onsite work and meetings, as influenced by business needs. Employees will also have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. 


Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.


To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team.


Work Location: Primarily teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104

Work Schedule: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible. The normal workweek is Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Vacation restrictions apply during peak workload periods, generally around submission of the division’s budget to the County Executive and the Metropolitan King County Council.

Forms and Materials required: Applicants must submit a (1) King County Application, (2) resume, and a (3) letter of interest. The letter of interest should describe how your experience meets the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job. Applications without the required materials may not be considered for this position. 


About Solid Waste Division

A division within King County's Department of Natural Resources & Parks, the award winning and innovative Solid Waste Division (SWD) has been recognized for operational excellence. The division's line of business is comprised of waste prevention, resource recovery, and waste disposal. This robust and dynamic enterprise funded division has an annual budget exceeding $100 million. More than 400 employees create value for customers across ten active locations (eight recycling and transfer facilities). Resources are harvested on-site and refuse is transported by SWD to the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley, Washington. Through a public/private partnership, landfill gas is captured and converted to clean natural gas. In 2019, SWD and the partnership proudly produced enough pipeline quality fuel to heat 19,600 homes in King County.


King County’s Solid Waste Division brings the best people together to deliver value to our customers and stakeholders and continuously improve waste prevention, resource recovery, and waste disposal.

Job Duties

  • Review and evaluate budget requests, identify significant financial and policy issues, evaluate alternatives, develop policy recommendations for consideration by division staff. 
  • Perform analyses including cost comparisons, program performance evaluations, life-cycle cost/benefit analyses and long-term revenue and expenditure forecasts. 
  • Maintain the division’s six-year capital program plan, identifying timing for needed bond sales, reserve funds, or other financing needs. Work with program managers to update and validate project budget estimates and track actual versus planned spending.
  • Provide primary support on rate development and analysis to the SCP rate lead and Strategy Manager.
  • Conduct special studies requiring research, data compilation, extrapolation, analysis and interpretation as assigned. 
  • Prepare financial analysis and spreadsheets to inform management and provide basis for decision making; develop strategic recommendations based on analysis and review. 
  • Develop and prepare complex oral and written reports summarizing analytical findings and recommendations, make oral presentations to senior staff and division leadership. 
  • Provide guidance to programs regarding budget preparation policies, procedures and practices. 
  • Collaborate with division and agency staff to identify significant budget issues, advise senior budget staff of such issues and possible solutions, work independently with department and agency staff to resolve routine technical budget issues.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

An Ideal Candidate Will Have: 

  • Demonstrated excellence in financial analytics, including the ability to perform analysis over data from multiple disparate sources and systems 
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration including local government programs, revenue sources and public budgeting 
  • Highly proficient use of Microsoft Office products, specifically Excel, to include Excel pivot tables, v/h/x-lookups, if-then statements, and conditional formatting.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of accounting principles and practices, budgeting and financial practices and the principles of automated financial information systems. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial forecasting, financial analysis techniques and principles; budgeting techniques and principles; reporting systems; and financial processes and systems. 
  • Demonstrated ability to implement and maintain systems, processes, and databases for financial monitoring; prepare complex financial analysis and spreadsheets; and provide strategic recommendations to management. 
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and business acumen
  • Demonstrated competency in focusing on the customer 
  • Ability to adhere to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs and act in line with those values.
  • Excellent written communication and informing skills

The Most Competent Candidates Will Have:

  • Advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office products, including Excel and Visual BASIC for Applications (VBA). 
  • Database queries, SQL joins, and use of formulas within queries; beginner to intermediate expertise using macros in both products preferred
  • Working knowledge of data visualization tools like Power BI or Tableau.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Public Administration, a related field, or equivalent work experience. 
  • 3-5 years previous work experience in public sector budgeting at a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government.
  • Certification as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), or similar designation.

Supplemental Information

Special Requirements: A valid Washington Driver License (or ability to obtain one upon hire), or alternative ability to travel in a timely manner to various locations on short notice including to sites which may not be served by public transportation.


Union Membership: This position is represented by Teamsters 117 – Professional and Technical


Contact Information: Please direct questions about this recruitment to Roxanne Malatesta, Human Resource Analyst at

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Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

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King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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