Deputy Division Director - Finance & Business Operations

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Management
Posted on November 13, 2022
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The Finance & Business Operation’s Division is searching for an innovative leader and change agent with a keen focus on Equity and Social Justice, LEAN continuous improvement, and delivering great value to internal and external customers. To be successful, you need to be a confident, collaborative, and mature leader who excels at coaching and developing others so that they can perform at their best.  The position also requires strong communication skills combined with excellent interpersonal, political, and people management skills.  You must also be able to lead others with purpose and vision and be a driver for results.

KEY DELIVERABLES AND EXPECTATIONS: Reporting to the Director of the Finance and Business Operations Division, the Deputy Director is responsible for overseeing division-level budget preparation and financial management, human resource administration, continuous improvement initiatives and operating systems, performance metrics, and Equity and Social Justice programs. The Deputy Director serves as the back-up for the Director and is as a member of the Division’s management team. This role also:

  • Champions a work culture of learning and respect that has a dual emphasis on continuous improvement (LEAN) and Equity & Social Justice.
  • Oversees and manages the Director’s Office team responsible for the following areas:  Finance, Human Resources, Continuous Improvement, Equity and Social Justice, and special projects.
  • In partnership with the Director, directs the development and implementation of the division’s vision for the future, strategic goals and objectives, workforce management, performance measures, operational strategies, policies, best practices, and initiatives. 
  • Fosters collaboration with other agencies on a wide range of financial issues and is a change agent for communicating and implementing countywide policies and standards that promote consistency and equity across the enterprise.
  • Focuses on performance metrics at the division and county level that drive actions and influence decision-making; also conducts analyses and develops recommendations on key financial policy issues for senior leaders.
  • Takes the lead in initiating actions to sustain employee engagement, including the development and/or oversight of action plans involving annual employee engagement surveys.
  • Manages special projects that are complex and challenging and often involve multiple agencies or interdepartmental teams.
  • Models the way for others, especially involving everyday actions and behaviors that are consistent with King County’s values.
  • Have experience as a people leader, including management level experience leading operations and/or analytical teams.
  • Be a champion for Equity & Social Justice, which includes understanding systemic racism and being comfortable having candid and sincere conversations with employees, customers and stakeholders about race and equity in our work. 
  • Be a champion of LEAN processes and standard work, with an emphasis on visible performance measures and customer-focused results. 
  • Have an exceptional record of successfully managing, developing, and/or implementing strategic initiatives, policies, and systems to achieve stated outcomes.   Also, understand how to manage complex projects including scoping and organizing resources, developing work programs, and facilitating multi-disciplinary teams. 
  • Have strategies and ideas to continue reinforcing a culture of employee engagement which supports the development, learning, coaching, and team-building necessary for the workforce of the future. 
  • Have excellent communication skills, verbal and written, with the ability to tailor messages to a wide range of audiences. Be comfortable advising and partnering with senior and executive-level management about complex initiatives, polices, and issues. 
  • Be adept at managing conflict by using collaboration and influencing skills that drive others to consensus and achieve shared interests. Also demonstrate managerial courage by asking the tough questions or making difficult decisions when needed.
  • Exhibit emotional intelligence by being humble and carefully listening to others.  Also promote a vibrant and fun work environment that recognizes individuals and teams for their contributions and accomplishments. 

ABOUT FINANCE AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS DIVISION (FBOD): The Finance and Business Operations Division (FBOD) of the Department of Executive Services (DES) provides exceptional customer value for accounting, procurement, treasury, and small business services. FBOD primarily provides services to other King County agencies and has some services provided directly to businesses and the public. FBOD includes about 170 employees and is comprised of five sections: Financial Management (central accounting); Treasury Operations; Procurement and Payables; Business Development and Contract Compliance; and the Director’s Office team. To learn more about FBOD, please visit the website at:
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE: As the only county in the United States named after one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation’s history, Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 artistic and social traditions of many cultures. King County has a deep commitment to equity and social justice and is seeking a Deputy Director who understands that as public servants, we are the gatekeepers of our county’s policies and services and have a direct impact on whether they are equitable and just in practice. The Deputy Director will have the opportunity to lead employees and advance King County’s pro-equity agenda for regional change. To learn more about King County’s Equity and Social Justice Initiative please, visit the website at:
POSITION INFORMATION: This position is FLSA Exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore not overtime-eligible. Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This position is not represented by a union. The majority of this position will be performed remotely. 

HOW TO APPLY:  This exciting opportunity is open to King County Employees only. A King County Application is required. We highly suggest you include a resume and cover letter with your submission. The first screening of applications will take place on Friday, November 4th. 

Employees must reside in Washington 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. When working remotely employees 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, including the wearing of masks in some situations. 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 that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.

If you have any questions or concerns while applying, please contact:
Liz Callahan, Recruiter

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.

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).

The Executive Branch includes 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.

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