Business and Finance Officer III

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Finance
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Posted on July 16, 2021

Seattle & King County Public Health is seeking to fill two full-time, Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Special Duty Business & Finance Officer III positions with the financial and administrative section of the Administrative Services Division within the Office of the Director. Duties include performing complex and technical accounting, budget, and finance services in support of the section’s wide range of business programs.

The ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills, experience with Oracle EBS, extensive experience using Microsoft Excel and other reporting software for revenue and expenditure monitoring, with a keen attention to detail.
This assignment is expected to last one year with the possibility of extension.

The positions are posted continuously until filled, first review will occur for applications received by June 30 at 11:59 pm.

Who May Apply:  This full-time Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) or Special Duty position is open to all qualified applicants.

This vacancy can also be filled as a Special Duty opportunity.
 For Special Duty Assignment interest, you must be a Career Service, Career Service Exempt or other regular (non-temporary) employee in King County who has completed their initial County probation. You must have supervisor approval prior to taking a Special Duty Assignment.

Work Schedule:  The normal work week for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This position is not eligible for overtime.

 The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • King County application
  • Cover letter detailing how your background prepares you to perform the duties of this position
  • Resume
  • Responses to supplemental questions

Contact:  For questions about the application process, contact Nic Horea, Senior Human Resource Analyst,  

Job Duties

  • Develop and monitor divisional budgets for management information and reporting purposes. Ensure standardization, consistency and uniformity in the gathering, processing, and reporting of financial information.
  • Track and report on positions filled and estimated salary savings or anticipated over-spending. 
  • Monitor expenditures to ensure accuracy of financial data posting and associated documentation for compliance.
  • Complete journal entries to maintain correct general ledger amounts on projects.
  • Perform grant billings and reconciliations.
  • Support requests for development or oversight of contracts documentation for compliance.
  • Perform and communicate routine and ad-hoc analyses requiring research, compilation, and interpretation of financial data. Examples include, but are not limited to, cost comparisons, program financial performance evaluations, cost/benefit analyses.
  • Research and determine financial impacts related to changes in personnel, grant funding and requirements, regulations, etc.
  • Manage year-end processes including revenue and expenditure accruals.
  • Provide financial and administrative support during audits and financial reviews.
  • Review and approve invoices and backup documentation for goods and services purchased. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Advanced demonstrated ability in gathering, analyzing, and presenting financial information using: Microsoft Excel (proficiency is required).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the technical aspects of budget development, including: preparation and justification of the budget and financial monitoring.
  • Demonstrated ability developing and monitoring complex budgets including but not limited to: understanding of budget terminology in local government; demonstrated ability to effectively interact with program and financial staff to facilitate budget development and execution.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated ability applying generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) including but not limited to: knowledge of the different methods of accounting (i.e. accrual, cash); demonstrated ability to interpret and apply existing, new, or revised accounting principles, standards, and concepts to make accounting reports accurate; demonstrated understanding of accounting terminology and application, and how to apply accounting principles and procedures to work products.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200. 
  • Experience with complex financial analyses including understanding the impact decisions have on the program, division and department; analyzing data from a large financial management or Enterprise Reporting Planning (ERP) system; experience providing substantive analyses and recommendations; experience drafting narrative sections and explanatory tables, graphs, and charts that report program financial performance, trends, and areas benefiting from management's attention.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to build respectful and productive relationships with internal colleagues and external clients; establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple, diverse stakeholders.

  • Experience with Oracle EBS system, public sector budgeting, finance, managerial and financial accounting.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) or other equivalent professional designation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or related field.

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.  


  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials, interviewing, and testing. 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.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions. 
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location and working hours.

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.

This position performs detailed accounting transactions and budget forecast and analysis. Please describe your experience successfully performing assignments in accounting, budget and finance.
Describe your experience researching, analyzing, and interpreting complex financial information to a) resolve issues; b) make recommendations; and c) produce financial reports. If you have no experience, then type N/A.
Do you have skill and experience in gathering, analyzing, and presenting financial data and information using Advanced Microsoft Excel?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #3, please describe the functions you are able to use comfortably with Excel. If you answered NO, then type N/A.
Do you hold an accounting degree or certificate? Or a minimum of four (4) years of experience in general accounting?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #5, please describe in detail. If you answered NO, then type N/A.
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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