Salary $100,000.00 - $120,000.00 Annually


Location Thurston County – Olympia, WA


Job Type Full Time - Permanent


Department Dept. of Enterprise Services


Closing 10/25/2020 11:59 PM Pacific



What you will be doing:
This is a rich opportunity to use your full range of accounting and leadership skills in supporting the team that delivers a suite of high-quality accounting, financing, payroll, and financial management consulting services to the Department of Enterprise Services and over 40 small agencies.  You will help ensure the seamless integration of accounting and other financial management processes to ensure customers receive the financial information and services they need. You will exercise your expert knowledge in both proprietary and governmental accounting methods.

You will need to be a strategist, continually looking for financial management improvement opportunities that contribute to the success of customers, team members, partners, and stakeholders.  With the agency’s role in the One Washington project, you will have the opportunity to influence financial management transformation at both the agency and statewide levels.

You will provide leadership, coaching, and support to members of the Finance Division and play a critical role in helping the division to meet and exceed its expectations for team and customer satisfaction (listed below).

Who we are looking for:
You are a person that loves to learn, is energized by a challenge and skilled at problem-solving support.  You have strong accounting, customer service, project management skills.  You have experience with a broad range of financial tools and processes and know your way around financial statements. You encourage people to think about things in new ways, and enjoy the process of helping people make changes to improve the way we do things.

Our commitment to customer and team satisfaction is one that you share.  You are a principled, effective leader that cares about the personal and professional development of your team.  You listen to understand, and are supportive, thoughtful and kind. You are joining an agency where this truly matters.

Why you should join us:                                                                         

  • This is a great place to grow personally and professionally.  With over 30 distinct business lines and 40 small agency customers, it is hard to find another organization with a more diverse set of financial activity.  DES provides services to every state agency and most local governments, and Finance is a partner in meeting these service needs.  You will learn every day.  You will also have the opportunity to lead a diverse team that will grow and flourish with your leadership, expertise, guidance, and style.
  • A chance to work with a great team of professionals who care about each other and the work they do.  Check out the satisfaction expectations the Finance team has defined (below) to see workplace culture they are committed to sustaining.
  • The finance role is valued at DES:
    • DES must operate responsibly profitable businesses–forecasting demand and carefully managing operating costs and revenues.  DES is expected to benchmark its service outcomes and rates to private sector and public sector leaders in order to stay competitive.  Many of our lines of business are undergoing a period of extraordinary transformation worldwide.
    • Therefore, business managers rely on Finance to provide the financial statement information, analysis, modeling and support they need to be successful in designing and implementing business strategies and in managing operations.
    • DES also provides financial services to agencies too small to operate a viable accounting function within their organization.  These customers typically have small budgets and limited bandwidth for managing financial issues. Financial services for these customers need to be efficient, affordable and responsive to their needs.

About our agency :
At the Department of Enterprise Services, we passionately pursue our vision of:

  • Satisfied customers,
  • Satisfied team members, and
  • Financial health.

We listen to customers and team members to understand what they need and expect. We promote creativity, learning, and improvement to meet those needs and adapt to the ever-changing business environment. We measure our results and seek feedback to improve our performance.

We value respect, integrity, excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and seek new team members that share those values.



You will use your judgment and professional expertise to direct the work and provide guidance, advice and consultation to all members of the Financial Services Division as well as staff and managers in DES, OFM, legislative staff, small agency and other statewide customers and stakeholders. 

  • Provide leadership, development, management, oversight, direction and support to the division’s Accounts Payable, Revenue Management, Payroll, General Accounting and Tech Leasing teams (at least 38 FTEs).  These teams provide accounting and financing support to DES and over 40 small agencies. 
  • Responsible for managing, sustaining and improving the agency’s entire accounting management framework—including the processes, procedures, tools, information, education, employee development, and policies.  The accounting framework areas include:
    • General and cost accounting
    • Payroll
    • Accounts payable
    • Revenue management, cash management and accounts receivable
    • COP and other debt financing processes
    • Internal controls
    • Financial statement, CAFR and SWCAP production and processes
    • Chart of accounts
    • Inventory and fixed asset accounting
  • Provide leadership support for continuous improvement in the “Big Three” – Customer Satisfaction, Team Satisfaction, and Financial Health
    • Finance Customer Satisfaction Expectations
      • Timely Service – Complete financial transitions on time, and provide information when it’s needed
      • Clear Processes—Strive to provide simple, transparent, flexible processes and help us use systems
      • Valuable information—Provide meaningful information, make it accessible, and help us understand it. 
      • Effective Communication—Be responsive, keep us in the loop, recognize our communication needs and use plain talk
      • Dependable Expertise—Be consistent, reliable and accurate so we trust and have confidence in the services provided
      • Operational Insight—Know our business, understand what makes us unique, and provide continuity of service when processes and people change
      • Collaborative Partnership—Contribute solution-focused guidance, define clear roles and responsibilities, and foster a productive working relationship
    • Team Satisfaction Expectations
      • Meaningful Work – We recognize that our work has purpose and know how it contributes to the goals of our teams, division, and agency.
      • Work-life Integration – We maintain a human-centered culture that promotes empathy, flexibility, autonomy, and assistance so we can maintain a well-balanced life.
      • Growth – We encourage personal and professional growth by providing tools, resources, support, and opportunities, so we can enhance our knowledge, skills, and strengths to achieve our fullest potential
      • Teamwork – We work together, collaborate and support each other by embracing differences, strengths and contributions so we can be empowered to better ourselves, our teams and the division.
      • Courtesy and Connection – We respectfully listen, communicate, and acknowledge others’ ideas and efforts, so we can sustain a work environment that fosters a sense of belonging, recognition, and worth.
      • Happiness – We foster a positive work environment where we celebrate each other, spread kindness, and build relationships, so we can have fun together and enjoy coming to work!

Lead the development and implementation of processes, analyses and documentation of accounting practices that support the accurate and timely recording of financial transactions necessary to provide DES and small agency customer the financial information required for successful management of their businesses. 

    • Stakeholder the above process with internal and external customers, leading workgroups and the development of any financial processes, etc. that may be necessary.
  • In collaboration with the CFO, lead, manage, coach and mentor division managers and staff to develop analytical skills, teamwork and approach, customer service orientation, strategic thinking and provide growth and development opportunities.
  • Foster communication and good working relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Directs, and is responsible for, the monthly and fiscal year close processes and related reporting activities (e.g financial statements, CAFR, etc.) for DES and over 40 small agencies.
  • In collaboration with the CFO, play a lead role in the Finance Leadership team in setting division strategy and business plan.  Establish and monitor division performance measure and targets.
  • Embrace lean leadership and the development of the lean culture at DES.  Support, coach and mentor the finance team in the art of continuous improvement.
  • Provide guidance and recommendations to division and agency executive management on policy issues impacting the agency’s financial structure or condition to ensure that the agency is in solid financial position.
  • Serves as the DES Finance lead for One Washington activities, planning, and change management. Serves on the internal agency project team and statewide advisory groups.  Ensures DES leaders are equipped to make recommendations and express concerns in their respective One Washington forums.
  • Support the division’s/agency’s work with OFM and the legislature on fiscal matters, providing education and advice on the agency’s fiscal health, financial requirements, operating needs and concerns, and performance.
  • Actively participates in, and provides leadership to, state-wide initiatives, improvements and innovations in state government financial management.
  • Ensures the agency stays in compliance with statutes, rules, policies and GAAP.
  • Provides leaders support and guidance to the Tech Leasing unit.  This unit provides procurement and financing support to agencies for IT-related equipment.
  • Additional special projects as assigned.



Required Education, Experience, and Competencies.        

  • Bachelors or higher degree from an accredited college or university involving major study in finance, business, accounting or public administration.
  • Three (3) years of Increasingly responsible experience managing a financial management organization and financial management professionals within state government or in a related field in private industry.
  • Demonstrated experience in proprietary fund accounting/financial management in the government sector or experience in private-sector financial management.
  • Demonstrated experience and competency in providing financial management support, analysis and advice to managers of complex programs or business operations.
  • Experience and familiarity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board standards.

Preferred/Desired Education, Experience, and Competencies.

  • CPA certification is highly desirable. CMA or CGFM certification would also be desirable.
  • Five (5) years of Increasingly responsible experience managing a financial management organization and financial management professionals within state government or in a related field in private industry.
  • Financial management (accounting or budget) experience in a state government setting; Washington State government experience would be highly desirable, including an understanding of state budget development and decision-making processes.
  • Experience in any of the following:  Internal service fund management, capital budget and project accounting experience, cost accounting, cost allocation, operations research or decision science, rate or price setting, break-even analysis.
  • Exhibits the leadership competencies for state of Washington Leaders.
  • Works in ways which model the DES core values of:
    • Respect – We operate in a spirit of cooperation and conduct ourselves honestly and ethically in all our interactions
    • Integrity – We commit to following through on our promises and to doing the right thing in a fair, honest and responsible way
    • Excellence—We empower each other to do our best work by collaborating, improving and striving to best serve our customers and the state
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion—We respect everyone’s unique qualities and attributes. We treat people fairly and value all contributions to the agency. 


Supplemental Information

Please provide the following documents in order to be considered, failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:

  • letter of interest, describing why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
  • A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview)


  • A resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application or vice versa.
  • Applications with blank fields, or comments such as “see attachments” in the supplemental question responses, may be considered incomplete. 

By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

NOTE:  Prior to any new appointment into the Department of Enterprise Services, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

The Department of Enterprise Services celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, marital status, families with children (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as an individual with the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with disabilities or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.

Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson  at (360) 407-8446 or jobs@des.wa.gov.


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