Finance Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Finance
Posted on November 18, 2021
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The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.  

King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is seeking a skilled, knowledgeable, and highly motivated team player to serve as the Finance Manager for several major programmatic units within the department’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD), including Medicaid-funded and non-Medicaid funded behavioral health services and Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) sales tax programs. 


This position is responsible for managing all fiscal operations for a large portfolio of government funds with complex federal, state, and local funding sources. These operations include budgeting, grants and contracts, external fiscal and compliance audits, and strategic program and financial analysis. This position will supervise a group of finance professionals and will be a key leader within the Finance and Contract Services unit of the department. The position works closely with King County and DCHS Leadership, program managers, and external partners and committees, and reports directly to the Department Controller.

WHO MAY APPLY:  This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. 

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions.  Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, “see my resume” are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.

WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime. Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. 

Teleworking Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. 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 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 requiredincluding 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.  

RECRUITER:  Susan Churchill,

Job Duties

  • Develop, implement, and administer financial and budgetary policies and practices for a portfolio of federal and non-federal human service programs in King County. 
  • Manage BHRD finances and implement adequate internal controls to ensure fiscal and regulatory compliance to minimize financial risk. Serve as a liaison to internal and external auditors, respond to audit concerns and findings, and provide oversight of any corrective action that may be needed.
  • Oversee financial and performance reporting requirements of all relevant projects and programs, including Requests for Proposals (RFP’s), grant applications, and grant and contract management in multiple and diverse human service program areas.
  • Manage the fiscal support for setting and monitoring of program evaluation and performance measurement.
  • Coordinate the preparation, implementation, and monitoring of multiple operational fund budgets.
  • Participate in developing strategic plans and program implementation efforts, including preparing and presenting issue papers and policy analyses to explain and/or support complex fiscal and programmatic issues.  Assess potential financial and operational implications of alternative decisions and actions consistent with legal constraints and County guidelines and policies and make recommendations to management.    
  • Plan and provide strategic responses to changes in revenue and changes in fiscal and operational policies.
  • Oversee financial grant, contract, and accounts payable administration for area of responsibility.
  • Supervise and lead staff, including planning work assignments and conducting employee development and performance evaluation.  Make recommendations to the CFO and Controller regarding personnel actions.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Master’s degree in business, economics, public administration or accounting AND five years’ experience in public sector financial management, or any equivalent combination that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the job.
  • Knowledge of public sector budgeting and government fund accounting, including Federal and State grant accounting and reporting. Knowledge of GAAS auditing standards and GAAP accounting principles.
  • Knowledge and recent experience with federal grants, public or other restricted local funds, and pass-through funds.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local audit requirements for grant/contract administration.
  • Knowledge of Medicaid funded programs. 
  • Strong management and supervisory experience; including hiring, supervision, staff development and performance management.
  • Ability to delegate and provide oversight to ensure on-time and quality performance by staff.
  • Advanced knowledge of financial statement analysis and/or compliance audits.
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated skill in development and documentation of policies and procedures. 
  • Advanced knowledge and recent experience with analyzing financial and performance data to develop recommendations for management decision making. 
  • Experience in reviewing and providing financial/political impact analysis of proposed legislation, RFP’s, grants, and changes in policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated skill in effectively presenting/communicating complex financial and performance information to a wide range of audiences, including non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability in prioritizing workloads, working successfully under pressure with tight timelines and changing priorities.
  • Expert organizational skills and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with program managers to secure integrated work products. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite.


  • Deep understanding of the behavioral health care delivery, policy, and financing systems, preferably including provider contracting and value-based payment arrangements. 
  • Commitment to and experience integrating the social determinants of health, addressing health disparities, and working with marginalized and underrepresented communities. 
  • CPA certification. 
  • Advanced knowledge of Oracle/EBS and Oracle budgeting and Tableau reporting systems. 
  • Knowledge and experience with Lean practices.

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.

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.
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Describe your experience managing individuals and teams. What is your management style? How do you ensure effective teamwork and productivity?
Describe your most relevant experience working with government budgeting and reporting.
Describe your experience creating budgeting and financial tools and systems.
King County has transformed its work on equality and social justice from an initiative to an integrated effort that applies the principles of "fair and just" intentionally in all the county does in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities. What is the most important equity or social justice issue to you and why?

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