DLS Finance Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Finance
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Posted on November 11, 2020

King County's Department of Local Services (DLS) is seeking a strategic, detail-oriented Finance Manager (Chief Financial Officer) to join our executive team. The Finance Manager will coordinate development of the department’s biennial and supplemental budget requests and manage the department's financial policy development and strategic long-range financial planning. The successful candidate will be responsible for finance and budget for the DLS Director’s Office, which includes one special revenue fund (biennial appropriation of ~$11.0 million) and one (proposed) capital projects fund (~$20.0 million), and will provide strategic financial input to the DLS divisions. This position provides management oversight of DLS’s finance, accounting and payroll systems and will work with the Deputy Director to lead development of finance and operations performance metrics. As a key member of our leadership team, the Finance Manager will serve as the top financial leader in the department, will be a strategic partner to department and division leadership, and will be part of the team tasked with addressing the challenge of funding Roads’ infrastructure. Additionally, the Finance Manager will lead or assist with the department response to major countywide initiatives, some of which include financial systems improvements, Best Run Government and Lean initiatives, and Anti-Racism and Pro-Equity efforts. The Finance Manager has no direct reports but works with staff in the Director's Office and the two divisions to accomplish the tasks below.

First round of interviews is tentatively scheduled for the week of December 14, 2020. 

Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must, at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:

  • Act as key financial advisor to department and division leadership;
  • For financial and budget planning and issues, serve as the department liaison for the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget; King County Council staff; and central Finance Business and Operations staff;
  • Prepare and oversee the DLS Director’s Office (DO) biennial operating and capital budget request and identify funding adjustments to meet the department's business and pro-equity needs;
  • Participate in the development and review of the biennial budget requests of DLS’s two divisions;
  • Oversee finance, contracts, and asset management functions for the DO;
  • Develop, with DO staff, the DO biennial business plans;
  • Review division business plans, with an equity lens;
  • Develop strategic policy on financial and budget issues;
  • Develop and implement the department's budget and financial policies and procedures and coordinate implementation with finance staff in the two DLS divisions;
  • Develop and implement the allocation model for the DO operating fund (funded by other King County departments);
  • Work with division senior management and other County staff in the analysis and evaluation of division rate proposals;
  • Together with the Deputy Director, develop an integrated system of financial, operational, and HR data dashboards for the department;
  • Make recommendations on opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce risk;
  • Ensure adherence to internal controls and update and maintain documentation of finance and accounting policies and procedures;
  • Serve as a key point of contact for auditors as well as manage, coordinate and respond to audits;
  • Support or serve as the DLS legislative liaison and oversee DLS proposed legislation preparation and submittal process;
  • Perform additional duties or special projects as assigned.

We are looking for candidates who have:
  • Financial management leadership experience in a public organization, operating within a complex multicultural and diverse government, communications, public relations and/or related environment;
  • Experience managing sensitive financial projects and programs in a political environment with multiple diverse stakeholders;
  • Effective communication skills and experience preparing and presenting financial spreadsheets and presentations to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of the determinants of equity and support of the County’s anti-racism and pro-equity agenda;
  • A proven and action-oriented commitment to evolve self-awareness of racism, racialized systems, positional power, privilege and the realities of race and other socially defined categories (such as gender, gender identity, etc.);
  • A willingness to take risks as a leader to disrupt and dismantle racialized systems and structures and to help design and replace them with those that provide equitable opportunities for all to thrive;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to successfully forecast financial needs for the department’s projects, programs and services;
  • Strong knowledge of current and future trends that affect King County in the areas of: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, standard contract/procurement, budgeting, government fund accounting, auditing, statistics, rate setting and strategic planning;
  • A bachelor's degree with significant accounting coursework and increasingly responsible experience in budgeting, accounting, and financial analysis, OR any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position. A background in public policy is desirable.

We would love it if you have: 
  • Working knowledge of the Hyperion budgeting system and the Oracle/EBS financial system/Power BI;
  • Knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards and techniques and the legislative process.

Why King County?
  • Competitive – healthcare plans
  • Free – transportation options
  • Manager Support – structured employee assistance program
  • Paid – vacation time (in addition to paid holidays)
  • Paid – sick leave
  • Paid – parental leave
  • Deferred – compensation plan
  • Ten – paid holidays
  • Awesome Employee Giving Program!


The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. 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.


King County is the local service provider for the roughly quarter-million people who live in the unincorporated areas of the county. Taken together, the population in unincorporated King County would be the second-largest city in the state. The Department of Local Services includes a Director's Office and the Road Services and Permitting Divisions. The Director’s Office includes a robust Community Service Area group focused on identifying and responding to the needs of urban and rural unincorporated King County residents and business. The department provides a single executive point of accountability for delivery of local services to all of the unincorporated areas.


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. 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 values--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 learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx

Are you ready 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.

The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Irwin, Senior HR Analyst,  by e-mail at jirwin@kingcounty.gov, or by phone at 206-263-0601. Connect with Jen on LinkedIn

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.