Controller (Finance and Administrative Service Manager)

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on March 11, 2023
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$119,704.00 - $151,736.00 Annually

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

DPH - Public Health

Job Number

Administrative Services



The Controller (Finance and Administrative Servies Manager) role is an extraordinary opportunity for seasoned finance leader with deep experience in finance, accounting, and auditing. The ideal candidate has experience in a large public organization with multiple lines of business and models the qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to Public Health's mission. We are looking for strategic thinker who with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and finance team ensures effective and efficient operations and compliance.

The position reports to the CFO and supervises the accounting services of receivables, payables, general ledger, and payroll functions for a department with a biennium budget of over $800 Million and full-time employees of over 1,500. This position also works closely with King County's Finance and Business Operations Division (FBOD) to ensure compliance and adherence with county policies.

This position will remain open until filled. The first screening of applications will take place for applications received by 11:59pm on Friday, December 2nd, 2022.

Commitment To Equity And Social Justice: As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations' history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.

We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.

Job Duties
  • Serves as department financial advisor for all accounting activities associated with five different funds.
  • Lead the accounting team in monthly close out and year end accounting activities.
  • Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Supervise and guide a team of financial professionals including hiring, onboarding, and training employees; supporting professional development; and developing goals and providing feedback.
  • Prepare and present technical accounting-financial data to management. Produce the department monthly financial statements for executive leadership. Identify and analyze accounting problems impacting audit compliance or department financial status,
  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls by working in collaboration with the Financial Compliance & Grant Manager
  • Monitors and confirms financial condition by participating in various department audits and providing information to external auditors.
  • Monitoring expenditures trends; analyzing variances; and work with the Budget Manager and update the CFO
  • Provides status of financial condition by collecting, interpreting, and reporting financial data to CFO.
  • Prepares special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends for senior management
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by enforcing adherence to funding requirements, filing financial reports, and advising management on needed actions.
  • Developing and monitoring business performance metrics, for continuous process improvement measurement.
  • Serve as the department single point of contact (SPOC) for all Oracle Financial Systems issues and work closely with King County Finance and Business Operations Department and Business Resources Center to resolve system issues.
  • Act as the department point of contact for reviewing and approving Oracle EBS Security access requests.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to Equity and Social Justice and pursuing changes to policies and practices that address systemic racism and inequities.
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with program managers, division finance managers, other financial departments or organizations and others to establish systems and practices necessary to fulfill high standards for financial reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated skill effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management.
  • Working knowledge of inherent operational and compliance risks associated with large government organizations.
  • Working knowledge of understanding Certified Indirect Rate (CIR) methodology, calculation, review, and application.
  • Demonstrated skill managing the work of staff, including recruiting mentoring, training, and retaining a talented and diverse team; and the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly
  • Demonstrated experience with auditing and working with federal, state, and local auditors to resolve issues successfully
  • Knowledge and experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
Desired Qualification:
A combination of education and experience demonstrative knowledge, skills, and abilities equivalent to:
• Bachelor's degree with coursework in business, finance, accounting; or related field;
• Five (5) years minimum of combined experience in accounting, public accounting, finance, audit, or equivalent.
Five (5) years' analytical experience working with PeopleSoft, Oracle EBS and BI Insight Reporting tools with large data extract.
Five (5) years of governmental grant contracting administration and management.
Five (5) years of progressive supervision of a large accounting team
• Certified Public Account (CPA) and/or Certified Government Financial Manager CGFM)

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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who May Apply: This Career Service position is open to all qualified applicants.

Application Process:
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • An electronic application through or (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions. Please do not copy and paste your resume or resume sections as responses to Supplemental Questions. Doing so will result in an incomplete application, unless the submitted information completely and directly answers the questions posed.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed NeoGov application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
  • 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.

Necessary Special Requirements
  • 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 required training on time.

Work location: The work for this position will be performed predominantly via telecommuting, and will be required to report to the Chinook Building (401 5th Ave in Seattle) once per week. This is subject to change in the future, when more onsite work may be required.

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.

Work schedule: The normal work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This position is not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible.

Union affiliation: This position is not represented by a labor union.

Contact: For more information about the application process, please contact Catherine Fitzpatrick, HR Analyst at .

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
  • 12paid 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.