Business & Finance Officer III

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Finance
Posted on September 10, 2022
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King County Parks is seeking a Business and Finance Officer III to join the Parks Finance team! This position will oversee accounting and financial reporting systems and review expenditures for compliance. This position will play a large role in evaluating the current fiscal processes for efficiency and implement changes for continuous improvement. There is also a lead component to this role, working closely and overseeing the Fiscal Specialist in the processing of invoices and transfer payments.
A career in finance is dynamic! This position offers many opportunities to engage with diverse stakeholders and will challenge you to refine your strengths, increase your adaptability, bolster your innovative and analytical skills, and ensure you are consistently stimulated intellectually.
Whether you are working in an office or on the front lines, a career with King County Parks means enhancing the quality of life for its residents through environmental conservation efforts, equity, and health and wellness. If you have a passion for the outdoors and bettering your community, consider this opportunity!  The Parks Finance Section is a vital internal support resource to the Parks Division and provides responsive, outstanding support services with respect to accountability, diversity and inclusion, stewardship, and workforce development.
About the Division: Be a part of King County Parks! King County Parks has evolved from 150 acres in 1938 to more than 32,000 acres. Today, our system consists of more than 205 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 250 miles of backcountry trails. Our mission is to steward, enhance and acquire parks to inspire healthy communities. We seek to cultivate strong relationships with community partners to enhance park amenities for all King County residents to enjoy today and for generations to come. Learn more at

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Duration: This Term-Limited-Temporary (TLT)/Special Duty Assignment (SDA) position is anticipated to be up to three years in duration.

  • TLT: Open to the public and all King County employees 
  • SDA: Open to current King County career service or appointed employees who have passed their initial probationary period.
Who is Eligible: This position is open to all qualified applicants. King County and the Parks and Recreation Division values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.
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 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.

Job Duties

  • Oversee accounting and financial reporting systems in area of responsibility including review of transactions and maintaining the integrity of the operating budget.
  • Review expenditures for compliance with grant, contracts, memorandum of agreement, and policies.
  • Lead Fiscal Specialist in the processing of invoices and transfer payments and provide technical assistance to program staff in financial matters including allowable costs.
  • Interpret and implement federal, state, county and local laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Evaluate fiscal processes for efficiency and work with fiscal and program staff to implement changes as needed for continuous improvement.
  • Perform other financial management duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience administering and monitoring grants and contracts, including contract fiscal tracking.
  • Six years of professional experience with five years focused in finance, accounting, and/or audit environments, or any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides requirements to perform the work.
  • Advanced knowledge of budgeting, finance, managerial and financial accounting.
  • Experience working with automated financial management systems.
  • Ability to identify and prioritize time sensitive matters and respond with a sense of urgency as needed, while adapting to changes in workload demands.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills utilizing functions such as pivot tables, v-lookup, if-then functions, etc.
The Successful Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies:
  • Uses financial acumen to interpret and apply understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions.
  • An organizational savvy leader who can maneuver comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics.
  • Balances stakeholders by anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Uses a Global perspective and lens and takes a broad view when approaching issues.
  • Cultivates innovation by creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Persuades others by using compelling arguments to gain support and commitment.
  • Communicates effectively by developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of the different audiences.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration and/or equivalent education and experience.
  • Knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards and techniques and the legislative process.
  • Experience with Oracle Business Intelligence or other Enterprise Resource Program for budgeting and financial performance.
  • Knowledge of financial internal controls, implementing criteria, and performing audits to assess risk and ensure financial integrity compliance with financial governance.
  • Demonstrated experience with public sector budgeting.

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions:

  • Work Location: Primarily 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.
  • Union Representation: This position is not represented by a union.
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 (when applicable)
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position (when applicable)
  • Responses to supplemental questions (when applicable)
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Jessica Fuqua at or (206) 848-0342

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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

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? 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? 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. Additionally, 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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