City of Seattle: Hiring a Finance & Budget Manager

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    Kayla Efange


    Finance & Budget Manager 2


    $73,873.44 – $110,810.16 Annually


    Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., Seattle, Washington

    Job Type:

    Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time




    Human Services Department

    Bargaining Unit:

    Not represented

    Closing Date

    09/27/11 04:00 PM Pacific Time

    The City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking an experienced Finance and Budget Manager to join the Leadership & Administration Division. Reporting to the Department’s Fiscal and Contracts Manager, this position provides leadership and fiscal expertise within a Department committed to ensuring Seattle’s most vulnerable populations are connected with a full range of community-based human service resources.

    Note: Title and salary subject to classification approval.

    The Finance and Budget Manager provides fiscal oversight of a multi-million dollar budget and ensures fiscal strategies, controls and policies are implemented throughout the Department. Leading a staff of 9 within the Grants Management Unit, this individual ensures the Department’s nearly 100 federal, state, and local grant revenue sources are accurately tracked and billed, and the biennial budget is accurately prepared, monitored and balanced.

    As the Department’s primary contact with the City Budget Office, this position develops policy recommendations related to budgeting best-practices and represents the Department as a technical expert on Citywide financial teams. Our Finance and Budget Manager is also responsible for ensuring the Department is in compliance with state and federal standards, and will be charged with developing and implementing financial controls and providing solutions to resolve day-to-day internal operating inefficiencies. We are looking for a leader with fiscal management and budgeting expertise to drive innovation within the unit and lead staff through change effectively. Other responsibilities include:

    • Manages Department’s budget of $140M+ and implements fiscal strategies to reduce redundancies and provide efficiencies across programs. Develops work plan and strategy for biennial budget process and implements budget cuts as appropriate.
    • Leads transformation of Finance business processes in partnership with leaders to align with Department objectives while assessing and resolving complex business, technical, and operational issues.
    • Manages day-to-day operations of a team of finance analysts while assigning, prioritizing and monitoring workload. Determines priority of requests for significant projects; evaluates staff performance; conducts staff meetings.
    • Collaborates with staff members who participate in the fiscal aspects of program development to strategize and provide recommendations.
    • Develops recommendations and strategies related to fiscal and budgeting policies that directly impact the Department’s ability to effectively fund and support direct service programs and contracted services to low-income and vulnerable populations in Seattle.
    • Regularly advises, presents, and defends budget policy recommendations to Department leaders in a manner that garners support throughout the Department.
    • Creates and presents regularly scheduled financial status reports to the Fiscal and Contracts Manager and Department leadership. Develops presentation materials consisting of complex technical information to be presented to a wide variety of audiences including non-technical staff.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Public Administration, Finance, Accounting or related field (or a combination of education, training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class)
    • Three years of experience managing large and/or complex budgets, and performing complex fiscal and policy analysis; two of which are in a supervisory or managerial capacity.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Master’s Degree in Business Management, Public Administration, Finance, Accounting or related field
    • Extensive experience in strategic planning, fiscal analysis, and budgeting while also managing complex federal, state, local and private grant requirements in a government entity
    • Working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles including accounting, general ledger, budgeting, and contracting
    • Broad experience with large-scale financial management and accounting software
    • Demonstrated ability to lead significant change initiatives within Grants Management Unit. Proven success managing, coaching, and developing employees to improve quality performance
    • Ability to successfully develop and manage an operating budget while establishing best use during times of limited funding
    • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with team
    • Proficiency working with Windows-based software including Internet, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Office Suite 2007 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

    For more information on the Human Services Department, please visit: Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the application process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history.


    The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to diversity in the workplace. The City is a Drug Free Workplace.

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