Business and Finance Officer III

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Finance
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Posted on April 28, 2021

While each division in the Department of Public Health  has its own finance team, the Accounting Services section under the Admin Division has a department wide financial leadership responsibility. The GL-AP unit within the Accounting Services section provides oversight on expenditures and the several means of purchasing in the department, leads revenue and cost allocations, creates systems for intradepartmental transactions, creates and enforces control mechanisms, troubleshoots technical issues, as well as provide required and recurring trainings. Ability to adequately and efficiently analyze data while understanding the rules, regulations and guidelines pertaining to each situation is a required skill to cope with this fast pacing environment. This career service employee who joins to fill this Business and Finance Officer III (BFO III) position in  our team should be strong in government accounting, understanding of fiscal policies, and technically versed to respond to both recurring and ad hoc tasks.

Who May Apply:  This Career Service opportunity is open to all qualified candidates.
 Work Location:  Telecommute
 Work Schedule:  This position works 40 hours per week and is a 1.0 FTE. This position is exempt to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible.

 Contact: For more information about the application process, please contact Erika Yanak, Human Resource Analyst, at  

Job Duties

  • Work with programs, and division finance teams to translate compliance expectations into fiscal transactions
  • Review and timely record all fiscal transactions to the King County accounting systems 
  • Participate in continuous improvement of oversight systems, processes, and development of tools.
  • Facilitate preparations for external monitoring visits, reviews, audits, and evaluations and participate as appropriate.
  • Prepare written and oral responses to inquiries from Finance staff, division managers and supervisors as requested. 
  • Plan, organize and participate in financial and compliance audit assignments to assure compliance and dependability of financial records. 
  • Provide proficient contribution in allocating Direct Admin Cost and Overhead Cost Allocations
  • Conduct and/or review revenue allocations
  • Maintain records in compliance with applicable requirements.
  • When needs arise research current, new and proposed regulatory requirements to determine impact to the department
  • Provide ongoing support to program finance teams by reconciling ledgers, identifying allowable and unallowable charges in the county's financial system for various projects 
  • Research laws and regulations; review policies and procedures for compliance with state and federal regulations, county code, ordinances, GAAP and GAAS; make recommendations to management on accounting treatments and determinations. 
  • Coordinate and compliment the Grants and Compliance Management team’s effort to respond to requests from internal and external auditors.
  • Compile information for completion of reporting, including reports for management, funders and regulators or auditors.
  • Depending on complexity of the request, perform analysis, identify trends and follow-up on opportunities for enhancement.
  • Participate and/or provide trainings and lead various team and committee meetings, as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Demonstrated at least 5 years of progressive experience in accounting, finance, audit, or grant/contract monitoring.
  • Thorough understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) rules and proclamations.
  • Bachelor’s degree or above in accounting, finance, business administration or any equivalent combination of business experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the work.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products with advanced level expertise in Excel.
  • Ability to understand funding sources, policies, and program requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience with cost accounting as it pertains relevant to 2 CFR 200
  • Ability to communicate orally, and in writing with individuals of diverse backgrounds, and at all levels of an organization related to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills to prioritize multiple work plans that may involve collaboration and facilitation with other staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective, collaborative, and positive working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated keen analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated project management skill to manage through multiple priorities.
  • Valid Driver’s License

  • Experience interfacing with external and internal auditors.
  • Demonstrated experience in federal, state, and local audit requirements for grant/contract administration.
  • Experienced with various accounting/finance reporting systems Peoplesoft, Oracle/EBS, and other reporting systems.
  • Knowledge of governmental and/or nonprofit accounting, budgeting, and finance.
  • Experience in leading audit engagement and/or award recipient monitoring site visits strongly desired.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

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.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis after July 5, 2021.  Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  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.
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. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.  
  Additional Information: 

The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
 This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
 Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
 Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.
 Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
 Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
 Union Affiliation: This position is not represented.

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.

Do you have experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB)?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #1, please describe your experience. If you do not have this experience, please write, "N/A".
Do you have experience performing complex accounting tasks and audit engagements, particularly in cost accounting in Government or Nonprofit environment?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #3, please describe your experience. If you do not have this experience, please write, "N/A".
Please provide an example of a time you had to analyze and report out on complex issues relating to financial and policy compliance.
Do you have experience supervising staff?
  • Yes
  • No
Please describe your experience in supervising staff and providing feedback on employee work products.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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