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Assistant Finance Manager (Business and Finance Officer IV)

King County Department of Human Resources
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on November 27, 2019

This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. First consideration will be provided to applications submitted by December 9, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

ABOUT THE POSITION: The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention is seeking an Assistant Finance Manager (Business & Finance Officer IV) who will report to the Department's Chief Financial Officer. This position supports all functions of the Finance and Budget section. A major responsibility of this position is to assist in the development of the annual budget, review budget expenditures, forecast and monitor revenues, and conduct complex financial and staffing analysis. This position will also supervise finance functions within the section and support the Chief Financial Officer in providing advice to senior managers.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department operates five separate facilities: The King County Correctional Facility Seattle Division in downtown Seattle; the Maleng Regional Justice Center in the City of Kent; the Juvenile Detention Facility on Alder Street in Seattle; and both the Community Corrections and Administration Divisions in downtown Seattle. It is responsible for the safe and humane detention of both adult and juvenile felons and misdemeanants, pretrial and sentences for one year or less; and it administers jail services contracts with 39 municipal jurisdictions in King County to house pretrial and sentenced misdemeanants. In 2018, the Department had an operating budget of $137 million and an authorized and budgeted staff of approximately 900. 

ABOUT KING COUNTY: As the only county in the United States named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with residents who 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 is changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
The County continues to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. 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

The job description is an overview and is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not to be an exhaustive list of all the functions and tasks required of this position.

  • Coordinate the development of the department's annual expenditure and revenue budgets, analyze the policy and financial implication of budget scenarios, and prepare final budget documents and justifications.
  • Advocate on behalf of the department's budget with key levels of internal and external contacts.
  • Develop and manage complex cost models for the department's operations and prepare rate proposals consistent with contractual requirements.  Respond to questions from outside jurisdictions and elected officials.
  • Administer or oversee the internal review of budget expenditures and authorize expenditures and budget revisions. Develop corrective action plans and prepare supplemental appropriations.
  • Develop and/or prepare complex financial reports including analysis and policy recommendations.
  • Oversee accounts payable, account receivable, and some accounting operations.
  • Develop and implement internal financial reporting systems and methods to improve department fiscal services.
  • Work with and train department staff to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Bachelor's degree with significant accounting coursework and five (5) years full-time experience with increasingly responsible experience in budgeting, accounting, and financial analysis; OR, a combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to that listed above which would provide the required knowledge and abilities
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel and financial information systems
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to clearly and effectively present complex financial information to people of diverse backgrounds

  • Knowledge of King County budgeting and accounting systems
  • Skill in effectively working in a political environment
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Working knowledge of Oracle/EBS Financial System

Supplemental Information

WHO MAY APPLY: This employment opportunity is open concurrently to all King County employees and the general public who meet the qualifications listed. Internal consideration will be given to current DAJD and King County employees. Veterans Preference candidates will be asked to provide a DD-214 during the hiring process.

WORK SCHEDULE: This position generally works Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but the hours will vary depending on activities. Some weekend and evening work may be required. This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), meaning that you are not eligible for overtime pay or compensatory time accrual. This position is not represented by a union.

WORK LOCATION: The Administrative Division for the Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention located in the King County Courthouse in Downtown Seattle, WA. Work duties will require occasional access to the adult and juvenile detention facilities and offices in other buildings, including the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, WA.

DEPARTMENT CONTACT: If you would like to learn more about this position or working for DAJD, please contact Jaclyn P. Smith, Human Resources Analyst, at (206) 263-3379 or via email at

HOW TO APPLY: If you are interested in applying for this position and becoming a member of the DAJD team, you will need to submit the entire King County application and required supplemental questionnaire. Resumes or letters of interest alone will not substitute for the full application. Online applications are preferred and can be submitted via the King County Jobs Website

For assistance with the online application process, please contact NEOGOV Customer Support toll free at: 1-877-204-4442 ( customer support).

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  The person selected for this position will be required to complete a thorough background investigation process, including fingerprinting, criminal history check, and reference checks.  A valid Washington State Driver's License or alternate ability to travel around the County is required by the time of hire.

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.

Supplemental question #2 is designed to assess your job related experience and qualifications. Please note that as part of the screening process, your response will be reviewed in conjunction with your general application materials. The employment history detailed in your application materials must validate/support your response to the supplemental question. If your response cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the review/selection process. The general employment application must be completed to include your work history. You are welcome to submit a resume as well; however, failure to provide a detailed work history on the general application may prohibit further consideration. Do you understand that your response to the supplemental questions for this position must be supported by your general application materials?
  • Yes
  • No
Please describe in detail how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. (Full details of your qualifications MUST be supported/validated on your completed application). If you do not meet the minimum qualifications, then type "N/A" below.
Have you undergone the background investigation process for employment with the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention within the last two years?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, please specify the approximate date(s) and position(s) for which you previously went through the department's background process. Place "N/A" in the box below if not applicable.
All candidates for employment with DAJD must undergo a thorough background investigation process. This process may include a polygraph examination, investigation for criminal activity, traffic records, conviction records, employment and education history, character and reputation in the community, etc. Selected positions may also require psychological testing and evaluation, and a pre-employment general medical physical. Applicants may be rejected for criminal behavior, drug use, or any indications in the areas listed in the "Background Investigation Screening" questionnaire. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation process as described above?
  • Yes
  • No
PLEASE NOTE: A "yes" response to any of the remaining questions may automatically disqualify you from further consideration. Responses will be confirmed and verified in the course of the department's background investigation process. Do you understand that a "yes" response to the remaining questions may automatically disqualify you from further consideration?
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you illegally used any other controlled substance or other illegal drugs/narcotics? For purposes of this question, illegal drugs/narcotics/controlled substances include, but is not limited to, the following: Cocaine or Crack · Club drugs: Ecstasy, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, or MDMA · Hallucinogens: PCP, Angel dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms or Psilocybin · Opiates: Opium, Morphine or Heroin · Stimulants: Methamphetamines, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass or Amphetamine · Aerosols: Huffing paint, Nitrous Oxide (Whippits), or Khat
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you bought, sold, offered to sell, possessed, transported, manufactured, delivered or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance? • Cocaine or crack • Club drugs – Ecstasy, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol or MDMA • Hallucinogens – PCP, Angel dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms or Psilocybin • Opiates – Opium, Morphine or Heroin • Stimulants – Methamphetamines, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass or Amphetamine • Aerosols – Huffing paint or Nitrous Oxide (Whippits), or Khat
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of a domestic violence or a domestic violence-related crime?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever been disciplined in the workplace for sexual, racial, or other harassment or discrimination?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question