Business And Finance Officer I

King County
Full Time $38 - $48 Per hour WA Seattle, WA 98112, United States Apply before 5/19/2024 11:59


Parks' mission is to steward, enhance, and acquire parks to inspire healthy communities. We seek to cultivate strong relationships with community partners to enhance park amenities for all King County residents to enjoy today and for generations to come. The King County Parks system includes more than 205 parks, 33,000 acres of open space, 175+ miles of regional trails, and 250+ miles of backcountry trails. 

A career in finance is dynamic!   This position offers many opportunities to engage with diverse stakeholders and will challenge you to refine your strengths, increase your adaptability, bolster your innovative and analytical skills, and ensure you are constantly intellectually stimulated.   Whether you are working in an office or on the front lines, a career with King County Parks means enhancing the quality of life for its residents through environmental conservation efforts, equity, and health and wellness.  If you have a passion for the outdoors and bettering your community, consider this opportunity!  

About the Role:
King County Parks and Recreation is looking for a skilled, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic Business and Finance Officer I (BFO I).  This position will be a key member of the Accounting and Fiscal Administration team performing accounting transactions including payment of complex invoices, recording revenue transactions, preparing reconciliations, regular monitoring of expenditures, and reporting for multiple funds within the Parks Division.  Under general supervision, this position will track and analyze expenditures, maintain the integrity of accounting functions, review expenditures with project managers to drive decision-making processes for their programs and assist in the preparation of the biennial budget.

About the Team
The Finance, Budget, and Planning Section manages the Parks and Recreation Division’s financial affairs and business administration in support of its mission to steward, enhance, and acquire parks to inspire healthy communities.  The section is a vital internal support resource to the Parks Division and is comprised of 23 employees across four work units.  The four work units represent Finance Administration; Accounting and Fiscal Administration; Budget and Financial Planning; and Grants Administration and Purchasing with teams dedicated to core values that embody accountability, diversity and inclusion, stewardship, and workforce development.

Commitment to Equity, Racial, and Social Justice: 

King County, named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a diverse and vibrant community that represents cultures from around the world. Our True North is to create a welcoming community where everyone can thrive.  We prioritize equity, racial, and social justice, making it a foundational and daily expectation for all employees. As a Business and Finance Officer I, you will actively apply these principles in all aspects of your work. Learn more about our commitment at . 

Apply now for a rewarding career at the  of King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks (DNRP). Join our talented workforce in protecting and restoring the natural environment and promoting more resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities.  Enjoy training, , and growth opportunities.  

Job Duties

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Operate Oracle system to perform accounting transactions including payment of complex invoices; expenditure transactions, general journal entries, recording revenue transactions, preparing inter-fund transfers to/from other agencies within King County, and preparing documentation and audit trails for recorded transactions.
  • Ensure data integrity across multiple interfacing systems to reconcile data discrepancies, identify factors of the discrepancies, and work with business units to make the necessary corrections.
  • Provide fiscal and reporting support, document control, and track invoices, including payment history, contractual documents, legislation, etc.
  • Prepare contract payments for capital program expenditures using Unifier reporting and confirm associated backup documents.
  • Track and report miscellaneous revenues and perform ad hoc financial analysis of various programs, revenue contracts, funds, and appropriations.
  • Perform other related financial accounting duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Qualifications You Bring: 

  • Comprehensive accounting experience; independent work tracking and analyzing accounting of financial transactions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic accounting and bookkeeping principles, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and Governmental Accounting Standards (GASB) and techniques. 
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel skills utilizing functions such as pivot tables, VLOOKUP, if-then functions, etc.
  • Experience working with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) automated financial management systems and extracting data from other side systems.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service using discretion, patience, etiquette, and professionalism. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with individuals of diverse backgrounds, and at all levels of an organization.
  • Experience implementing internal controls to ensure financial integrity and compliance.
  • Knowledge of revenue collection principles and practices.
  • Experience in reconciling accounts payable and receivable.

Competencies You Bring: 
  • Uses financial acumen to interpret and apply understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions.  
  • Works collaboratively with others and builds partnerships to meet shared objectives.
  • Plans and prioritizes work to meet commitments and align with organizational goals.
  • Manages complexity by making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Optimizes work processes by knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Communicates effectively by developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of the different audiences.
  • Nimble learning by actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.

It Would Be Great If You Also Bring:
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, and/or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of King County programs, funding sources, policies, and requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Oracle EBS and Business Intelligence financial reporting and transactional modules.
  • Experience in cost allocation analysis, Oracle EBS, Lucity Asset Management, and Unifier Project Management are desired.
  • Understanding of operating and capital budgeting concepts and practices.
  • Working knowledge of procurement policies and procedures. 
  • Experience working with capital programs, and project managers and analyzing related project expenditures.

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions

  • Remote and Onsite Work Details: Employees in this role work remotely from a home location, with onsite reporting requirements typically 1-2 times per quarter. The frequency of onsite work is determined by business needs and may be adjusted accordingly. Onsite reporting locations may be at various King County worksites including parks and the collaboration space at King Street Center (201 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104). This work arrangement promotes work-life balance and reduces carbon footprint under the department’s vision of .
  • Remote Work Location Requirement: Employees must reside in Washington State and be within a reasonable distance of King County worksites to meet onsite reporting requirements. 
  • Work Schedule: This full-time position works a 40-hour work week. This position is covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime-eligible 
  • Union Representation: This position is represented by King County Teamsters Local 117-P&T bargaining unit.

Application and Selection Process: 
We welcome applications from all qualified applicants. We value diversity, diverse perspectives, and life experience and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness, and alignment with the experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills essential for this role to determine which candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews.  

To apply, submit a:
  • Complete Application
  • Resume
  • Attached Cover Letter will not be reviewed if submitted
Note:  Additional documents will not be considered during minimum qualification screening.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:Rodney O. Dungo
HR Analyst - Senior    

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