King County
Full Time 40-per week $124,488 - $157,809 Per year WA King County Executive Office, 401 5th Ave # 800, Seattle, WA 98104, United States Apply before 5/19/2024 11:59


King County’s Finance and Business Operations Division, Financial Management section, is seeking a !

Are you a skilled people leader with accounting expertise that wants to make a big, countywide impact on the community you’ve chosen to call home? The Financial Management Section (FMS) has an outstanding opportunity for a results-oriented customer-focused leader with proven expertise in accounting and effective team building to join our team as Controller (Operations Manager - Assistant). Reporting directly to the Chief Accountant, this position leads a team of 14 to plan, establish, and communicate the operational financial reporting requirements across the county’s 60+ agencies and leads the team of accounting professionals that (amongst other things) deliver the County’s audited financial statements. These activities ensure the County maintains its top-notch bond ratings and access to municipal bond credit markets that enable the County to embark on large projects and programs in our goal to make King County a Welcoming Community Where Every Person Can Thrive!

The ideal candidate combines excellent leadership skills, a passion for supporting County agency delivery of community programs through strong partnerships, and knowledge of internal controls, accounting, and financial reporting. Leadership in County government includes managing a diverse group while exemplifying fairness, strong listening skills, approachability, and promoting a cooperative work environment. We are looking for someone who is passionate about continuously creating new ways to improve business processes and who thrives on encouraging others to do their best to achieve mutual goals. This position is supported by two Leads, one over governmental funds (modified accrual accounting activities) and one over proprietary funds (full accrual accounting activities) and a team of 12 independent contributors.

Financial Management Section is part of the larger portfolio of countywide services. Operating as an internal service fund, FBOD’s vision is “Count on Us” reflecting the division’s deep-seated commitment to customer success, equity, employee engagement, resource stewardship, and operational excellence.

We encourage applicants to apply even if they do not feel they satisfy all the skills listed below; we understand that it will take some time for the successful applicant to strengthen specific position skills where needed, to learn about the County’s systems, agencies, and to develop a deep understanding of the County environment itself. You will join a supportive team that will partner with you in these efforts; we are an open, ethical, highly engaged, and collaborative community based on trust, transparency, and mutual respect. We believe in the importance of quality of life, embracing diversity and equity, and making a difference. If these values align with your own, submit your application now and come join us for a rewarding career.

Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:
The Controller is the expert on operationalizing accounting and financial reporting activities for King County. They provide leadership to the team of 14 accountants and other financial professionals that prepare the County’s annual financial statement reporting package (the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report), excise tax returns and operationalize a highly complex chart-of-accounts that supports financial reporting a) internally on the budgetary basis of accounting, b) externally on the GAAP basis of accounting, and c) to higher levels of government on the Uniform Guidance basis of accounting (Federal government) and Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System (State government). Additionally, they develop policies and procedures, write legislation, and develop and implement training.

  • Lead the day-to-day operations of the Financial Accounting Unit responsible for accounting and external financial reporting on all County funds (governmental, proprietary, and fiduciary) and component units.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of and make recommendations to improve the County’s system of internal control that will align with the County’s risk appetite.
  • Recommend implementation strategies for county-wide financial and related administrative policies and procedures in compliance with State law and administrative rules, County code and ordinances, federal rules and regulations, and generally accepted accounting principles for governments in the United States.
  • Oversee the preparation of the County's financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for governments in the United States (GAAP).
  • Lead business process improvement and standardization using technology and other tools.
  • Provide assistance and guidance to County agencies in the analysis, research and resolution of complex accounting issues.
  • Lead interactions with internal and external auditors; provide information and access to accounting records; develop and provide responses to audit inquiries and recommendations.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Experience leading, supervising, and coaching employees to work to their full potential and capabilities;
  • Experience preparing or auditing external financial statements, working with auditors, and evaluating the effectiveness of internal controls under the COSO framework;
  • Ability to interpret and explain laws, instructions, accounting pronouncements, and County objectives and policies to broad audiences;
  • Ability to think strategically and be analytical when understanding problems and anticipating potential issues while seeing the big picture. Experience using data and metrics to drive decision making preferred;
  • Ability to lead, encourage and support continuous improvement efforts within the unit;
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, writing and customer service skills;
  • Intermediate level of technology proficiency using MS Office Productivity tools in your daily work;
  • Ability to manage your time and adapt to changing priorities, work on multiple priorities and projects simultaneously, meet quick deadlines, and produce timely and quality work products;
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

We would love it if you have:
  • Master’s degree in accounting or related field, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), Certified Government Finance Manager (CGFM), or other related degree or certification;
  • Experience as a financial statement preparer under generally accepted accounting principles for governments in the United States (GAAP) preferred;
  • Prior experience writing and implementing laws, administrative rules, and/or policies;
  • Experience with LEAN processes and principles;
  • Experience with SharePoint, MS Teams and other collaborative online tools.

Position Information:
  • Work Site Details: Outside of peak financial statement production this position can be remote, hybrid or in office. During the peak financial statement productions season, mid-February to mid-April annually, this position has a minimum of 3 days in office per week. Additionally, multi-day vacation restrictions are in effect and Saturday work is required to support the production of the financial statements.
  • Location Requirement: Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
  • Work Schedule: This position is  Exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and therefore  is not overtime eligible. Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a  40-hour workweek; normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
  • Union Representation: This position  is not represented.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop. When working remotely employees must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work, remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours, and following FBOD’s Hybrid and Remote Guidelines including on-camera participation during virtual video meetings. King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely.

The Application/Selection Process:
The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified candidates. A completed King County Application is required. Applicants from this recruitment may be used to fill future opportunities in this job classification. We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum qualifications and why you are interested in this position.

The selection process typically consists of a phone screen, video interview, and reference checking.  For some positions the process may also include skill testing, writing samples or additional interviews. Candidates will be updated on the status of their application via the email address used to apply.

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.

If you have any questions or concerns while applying, please contact:
Caitlyn Prouty, Recruiter

Supplemental Information

Forbes named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference?  dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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