Business and Finance Officer III

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Finance
Posted on September 17, 2022
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The Finance and Administration Section is looking for a Business and Finance Officer III to provide finance, budget, and billing support to the Water and Land Resources Division, primarily supporting the Rural and Regional Services Section. This position plays a key role in the preparation of the biennial operating budget, tracking and analyzing current expenditures, maintaining the integrity of the operating budget, reviewing expenditures with management and project managers, and preparing grant reimbursement documentation. This position will work directly with unit managers and program leads, as provide financial documentation and support to outside entities, including WRIA forums and the Noxious Weed board.

Duration:  This Special Duty Assignment (SDA) is approved through May 5, 2023.
Who is Eligible:  This position is open to all King County career service employees who have completed their probationary period. E
mployees must have their current supervisor’s approval to accept this assignment.  
Commitment to Equity and Social Justice:
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts. To learn more, please visit

Telecommuting Requirement:
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking, complemented with onsite work and meetings as informed by business needs. Employees will 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.
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:  Predominately teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104.
Work Schedule:  
This position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week, typically 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend work may occasionally be required.

Job Duties

  • Manage, monitor and coordinate assigned operating budgets by: 
    • Performing financial and program expenditure and revenue forecasts and analysis.
    • Identifying budget variances and develop strategies to address budget variances. 
  • Collaborate with managers and leads on:
    • Developing an annual work program, staff allocation models, and operating budget requests. 
    • Monitoring the annual work program and making adjustments.
    • Preparing contract and procurement documentation, progress reports, and other necessary documentation.  
  • Work directly with the internal and external agencies to monitor progress and expenditures in completing service contracts.
  • Prepare financial tracking documentation and reconciliations for multiple programs and financial reporting systems.
  • Provide financial status reports, attend business unit meetings, and provide milestone tracking reporting.
  • Develop financial performance measures, including dashboards, to track operational efficiency.
  • Perform analytics on large data sets to create meaningful reports for decision makers.
  • Ensure compliance with interlocal and interagency agreements and federal and state grants, including billing and reporting requirements.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Our Ideal Candidate will have the Following Competencies:

  • Manages ambiguity: Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
  • Action Oriented: Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Technical Learning: Picking up new technical requirements quickly; and adapting to changes and trends in accounting, grants administration, and auditing.
  • Customer Focus: Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Managing Diversity: Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree in finance, business, accounting, or related field; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least three years of advanced experience in business analysis, financial reporting and forecasting, and use of enterprise-wide financial applications.
  • At least three years of experience in budget development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of finance/accounting concepts (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), and familiarity with federal and state grants reimbursement process.
  • Demonstrated experience in presenting budget information as it relates to key policy issues for resource allocation.
  • Demonstrated experience in financial planning, forecasting, and modeling.
  • Demonstrated experience in ERP/financial management systems, budget development and tracking systems, reporting systems and solutions. 
  • Ability to work well within a team, communicate challenges, and identify opportunities to collaborate with other team members.
  • Ability to synthesize complex financial and accounting issues in simpler terms for a non-finance/accounting audience.
  • Ability to identify opportunities for process efficiencies.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Skilled in conflict resolution and ability to act in a tactful and diplomatic manner, especially with other divisions, auditors, and external agencies.
  • Advanced skills using Microsoft Excel, intermediate skills using other Microsoft Office products.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Self-starter who is innovate and curious.
  • Knowledge of public sector accounting and auditing. 
  • Federal, state, and local audit requirements for grant administration. 
  • King County accounting structure, programs, funding sources, policies, and requirements. 
  • Experienced in the use of King County financial systems and tools such as Oracle EBS, BI Insights, BI Publisher, etc.
  • Experience in Cloud computing environment – Office 365, OneDrive, SharePoint.

Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.


  • King County application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position
  • Responses to supplemental questions


Union Membership:  This position is represented by Teamsters, Local 117.


For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Pamela Johnson, Human Resources Manager

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Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? 
Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our 
"True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
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. 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.
This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.  

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
 If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions, please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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.

Please describe your experience in preparing governmental operating budgets.
2. Please summarize your experience and skill in structuring and using computerized financial models. In your summary, please include example(s) of the types of variables your model(s) contained and the kinds of business decisions your model(s) facilitated. Please state where you obtained this experience.
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