Accounting and Budget Services Director – Seattle, WA

The City of Seattle’s Finance and Administrative Services Department (FAS) seeks an innovative, collaborative and accomplished professional for the role of Accounting and Budget Services Director. FAS is a dynamic organization of about 630 employees that provides approximately $200 million per year in services to all City departments and constituents on a fee-for-service or cost allocation basis. FAS services include a wide array of support including: facility management; vehicle rental and maintenance; property acquisition and management; capital project management; economic forecasting and fiscal management; treasury; City-wide accounting and payroll services; risk management; business licensing and tax administration; consumer protection and regulatory enforcement; contracting and purchasing; and the Seattle Animal Shelter.

The Accounting and Budget Services Director is a strategic, people-oriented leader who oversees a division of approximately 30 employees responsible for FAS’ internal accounting services (citywide accounting is directed by FAS’ Finance Division), budget and policy development, as well as related special projects. Accounting services include general ledger, project costing, budget and grant accounting, internal controls, audit, accounting systems and reports, billings, asset management, and accounting services for 15 small City departments and executive offices. Budget and policy development include coordination and oversight of the FAS annual budget and development of financially sustainable courses of action and developing, or supporting the development of, FAS rates and charges. Special projects include leading and reviewing the existing organizational structure to complement recent implementation of the City’s new financial management program and leading the team that ensures that the FAS complies with the payment card industry’s standards for securing data. The Director also represents FAS interests on interdepartmental teams and projects.

Candidates who are highly competent, creative, and committed to excellence will thrive in the intellectually challenging environment provided by FAS’ complex array of operational functions, service-related rates, interdepartmental charges, and multiple fund sources. This integral leadership position reports directly to the FAS Chief Administrative Officer. The successful candidate may have the opportunity for an expanded leadership role as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer.

Four key responsibility and expectations areas of this position include:

Build and maintain a great team. Grow a culture that forges teamwork, collaboration, and accountability, both within the Accounting and Budget Services team and between the Accounting and Budget Services team and other FAS Divisions. Ensure effective performance management of Accounting and Budget Services staff. Lead, direct, mentor and coach staff as necessary. Develop and direct the Division’s work plans and priorities.

Excel in service delivery. Minimize customer effort required to interact with ABS staff. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, management, and internal and external customers to the Division. Ensure clear and transparent communications with customers.

Ensure fiscal strength and integrity. Maintain fiscal strength and ensure development and implementation of sound financial practices and internal controls. Ensure FAS accounting, budgeting, and rate-setting practices are in line with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) rules, and other applicable Federal, State, and City laws, rules, and regulations.

Maintain and improve FAS effectiveness and efficiency. Partner with FAS management and Executive staff to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Accounting and Budget Services and to offer improvement ideas and insights throughout the department.

This position requires the following education, training and/or experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Accounting or related field; and six (6) years of professional experience in accounting, financial analysis, or budget management, demonstrating progressively-increased responsibility in these areas; plus three (3) years of experience in a management capacity in the accounting, finance and/or budgeting fields. (Or a combination of education, training, experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

This position also requires:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively deliver strategic advice and recommendations relating to accounting and budgeting projects, proposals, processes, or allocation of resources; present complex financial, accounting, and budgetary concepts to FAS leadership and operations managers; and develop and sustain relationships with a variety of managers and executives.
  • Extensive experience in strategic planning, fiscal analysis, budgeting, audit/internal controls and accounting management.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess workflows and strategically develop and deploy organizational policy and systems improvements.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing projects simultaneously and drive projects to completion.
  • Proven success leading, coaching and mentoring staff for high quality performance.
  • Experience with large-scale financial management and accounting software (i.e. PeopleSoft).
  • Proficient use of MS Windows-based software including MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Internet, and Adobe Acrobat.

Desired Qualifications:

The most competitive candidates will possess:

  • A Graduate or advanced degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or related field.
  • Knowledge of the City of Seattle’s or other governmental budgeting and accounting practices, including familiarity with accounting standards established by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), especially related to general ledger, cost accounting, asset capitalization, and financial controls.
  • Experience with PeopleSoft.

The most competitive candidates will also demonstrate:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, presentation and analytical skills.
  • Strong ability to work effectively with interdepartmental division leadership and ensure the delivery high-quality customer service.

Proven success as an organizational leader, managing multiple teams toward the strategic and efficient achievement of competing goals and priorities.

Please submit an online application, a cover letter outlining your qualifications and experience, and a current resume in order to be considered for this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Finalists will be required to undergo a background check.

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