Finance Director - Executive Management Service
State of Washington - Tumwater, WA

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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking an experienced professional to serve as the Finance Director. This position is Civil Service Exempt and is not represented by a union.

Reporting to the Agency Director, the Finance Director manages the agency's financial and information technology functions including budgeting fiscal analysis, financial research, financial data analysis, forecasting, and accounting. This position supervises the agency's budget office, financial services office, the information technology unit, and risk management.

This position is located at Headquarters Office in Tumwater, Washington. Note: The candidate selected for this position will be affected by a legislatively mandated 3% salary reduction through June 29, 2013. The salary range during this period will be $77,500 - $96,900.



This position influences decisions that are made to ensure that financial and information technology resources are managed properly. This includes providing strategic direction to the director and Commission for the most effective and flexible use of available resources to support State Parks’ mission.


Develop and monitor implementation of the agency’s annual and biennial budgets.

Monitor, track, and account for all expenditures.

Provide recommendations, consultative services, advice, training, briefing materials, instructions, etc., to the Commission, executive leadership team, managers, and stakeholders concerning the cost and effect of fiscal/policy proposals related to the budget, proposed legislation, and agency initiatives.

Plan and direct the evaluation and review processes associated with the approved budget to include performance measures, legislative directives, and allotment controls.

Consult and advise on development monitoring and analysis of fee structures.

In collaboration with OFM, develop assumptions and projections and monitor all revenue streams administered or used by the agency.

Ensure any appropriations meet legislative intent that sufficient revenues exist to support expenditures, and provide an accurate financial picture of the agency to executive leadership, the director, the Commission, Office of Financial Management (OFM), and the Legislature.

Review expenditures and recommend course corrections when needed to ensure that Legislative and Commission intent for service delivery is adhered to.

Collaborate with others in analyzing the financial impact of proposed fee and policy changes.

Prepare special/detailed reports and analyses for executive leadership, the director, the Commission, OFM, legislative staff and others.

Develop and implement systems for monitoring all aspects of financial resources.

Ensure that information technology planning and implementation is carried out using best practices and employing the most effective, efficient, and appropriate technology.

Supervise and coordinate the operations of the budget office.

Manage the Financial Services, Information Technology, and Risk Management units.



A b achelor’s degree with emphasis in finance, accounting, economics, public administration or a closely related field from an accredited institution whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or a foreign equivalent.

The best qualified applicants will have experience, training, and accomplishments that demonstrate:

• Seven (7) years progressively responsible professional experience in fiscal management to include budget and analysis with preference to state government budget experience.

• Knowledge and application of advancement management principles, including budget building and development, and financial planning and management.

• Experience working closely with program managers and first-hand familiarity with profit/loss statements and cash flow analysis.

• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), and ability to communicate and prepare complex materials in a comprehensive and understandable manner to a diverse audience employing plain talk.

• Five (5) years supervisory experience, with proven ability to mentor, coach, and train staff.

• Demonstrated experience in managing projects, preparing reports, evaluating proposals, making collaborative decisions in a team engaging in a leadership environment, and following through with timely deliverables.

• Demonstrated analytical skills, using data to make decisions and constantly improve performance.


• A master's degree with emphasis in finance, accounting, economics, public administration or a closely related field from an accredited institution whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or a foreign equivalent.
• Experience developing financial cost estimates for programs.
• Direct experience with Washington State legislative process, including bill analysis, fiscal note analysis, and government policy development.
• Experience using OFM systems, including BDS, Fiscal Note System, TALS, VRS, SPS, and exposure to HRMS.
• Experience overseeing information technology programs and projects.


The agency is in the midst of a dramatic financing transformation that is requiring changes to organization culture. Applicants are encouraged to review a draft "Transformation Strategy," which can be found on the State Parks web page at . As a leader in the agency, the finance director is expected to demonstrate leadership that fosters a collaborative culture in which people:

• Maintain a working environment that nurtures innovation.
• Recognize a collegue's vulnerability in developing new ideas and support them.
• Encourage risk-taking and accept responsibility for the outcome.
• Respectfully challenge assumptions and traditions.
• Give and accept constructive criticism.
• Adopt a "yes, and" approach in discussions.
• Accept conflict between ideas as a necessary step toward finding solutions.
• Act with civic courage and the highest ethical standards.
• Invest in training and professional and personal development.
• Take pride in their work, the mission and the resources they steward.

In addition, the finance director is expected to have the ability to:

• W ork on a variety of issues and tasks, work with rapidly changing priorities and competing deadlines.
• L ead, direct and train staff.
• W ork toward achieving collaborative solutions.
• E ffectively communicate concepts, directions and decisions in a manner that is understandable and appropriate to the intended audience.
• Ba lance and prioritize assignments and projects from two or more managers.
• Develop plans and measurement for accomplishment of objectives; meet identified time-frames and commitments.
• Demonstrate high, uncompromising ethical standards of personal professional conduct and act with integrity and honesty.

Supplemental Information:


This position requires a completed on-line application. Candidates must attach the following to their on-line application:

• A letter of interest specifically describing how your education, skills, and experience meet the minimum and preferred qualifications.
• A chronological resume listing education, names of employers with dates of employment, and a concise description of experience for each position held.
• A minimum of three professional references. Reference list must include their names, professional titles, current phone numbers and an e-maill address.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Marcos Rodriguez, Human Resource Director
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Rd SW
PO Box 42650
Fax (360) 664-2106
Voice/Message: (360) 902-8575

Review of applications materials will begin on February 25, 2013. To ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to have applied by close of business that day.


State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve for staggered, six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system is comprised of 126,000 total acres, including 116 developed parks, recreation programs, cultural and historical resources, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Agency mission : The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission fosters outdoor recreation and education statewide to provide enjoyment and enrichment for all and a valued legacy to future generations. The Commission acquires, operates, enhances and protects a diverse system of recreational, cultural, historical and natural sites.

Centennial 2013 vision : In 2013, Washington's state parks will be premier destinations of uncommon quality, including state and regionally significant natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources that are outstanding for the experience, health, enjoyment and learning of all people.

Washington State Parks employs more than 450 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater.

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites you to learn more about our agency by visiting :

DIVERSITY POLICYSTATEMENT: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members’ contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because: Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability; Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences; Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society; Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future; and Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens. The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is to focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of Washington State.

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer . We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam-era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 833-6388.

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