Posting Date:  01/13/2022
Job Title:  Chief Financial Officer (Exempt)
Salary:  $128,856.00 – $146,628.00 Annually
Entity:  Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
Closing Date:  2/6/2022 11:59 PM Pacific


Who we are
The Department of Enterprise Services’ (DES) mission is “strengthening the business of government.” DES does this through its vision of delivering high quality, cost effective support services, policy and governance to state government and other public entities so they can focus on their core missions. DES’s goals are to offer expertise in facilities & capitol grounds management, acquisitions, training & support, and various shared services. We relentlessly pursue our strategic drivers: satisfied customers, a healthy team culture and a financially healthy organization. We value Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We seek new team members who share our commitment to be an equity-driven and antiracist organization. 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.

What you will be doing:
Our Finance Division provides a full suite of budget, accounting, payroll, financial and business analysis, and financial management consulting services to the Department of Enterprise Services and over 40 smaller agencies. Reporting to the Deputy Director, you will be responsible for effective leadership and support of the Finance Division. You will serve as the chief architect of the agency’s financial management strategy in partnership with the agency’s Leadership Team. You will support our agency business managers with the design and implementation of business strategies that are financially viable, and meet the agency’s goals of delivering exceptional service while reducing the overall cost of government operations. In addition, you will serve as the primary point of contact between the department and the Office of Financial Management (OFM) and the legislature on fiscal matters, educating and advising on matters of the agency’s financial health, financial and capital requirements, operating needs and concerns, and business performance.

Who you are:
You’re a result-focused, accountable professional with expertise in all aspects of finance. You are ready to pursue and achieve a deep understanding of our agency’s lines of business. You are willing to take on new tasks with a general attitude that no task is too small, impossible, or cannot be improved. You enjoy providing high-level vision and leadership to achieve operational excellence.

You will bring your skills and knowledge to our experienced team at DES. In this position, you will direct and support a team of highly-skilled budget and accounting professionals which provide the financial tools for executive management and program managers to make business decisions. You will encourage a passion for continuous improvement and create a workplace where staff are encouraged and supported to pursue strategic alignment based on business needs, data, and customer feedback. You possess and are willing to grow in and be an example for competencies related to equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Why you would want this job:
You are a results-driven leader that champions our agency’s values and leads by personal example. You are emotionally intelligent, curious, and self-aware, possessing the ability to get great results while maintaining an environment of trust and respect. You have a desire to influence and drive improvement by ensuring the right operational processes, systems, and people are in place. You have strong business acumen, exercise sound judgment, and have a mindset to confront problems or difficult situations.

This is your opportunity to make a real difference through public service. You will have a wide scope of influence, diverse business lines, and frequent new challenges to keep things interesting. You will work closely with other leaders, fostering growth and learning on a daily basis. And importantly, you will see the results of your work and know that you made a positive impact.

And if that isn’t enough?

We offer a creative environment where you can learn from other team members to grow and expand your knowledge, skills, and abilities. As an added benefit, you won’t be confined to a cubicle all the time. We believe in work-life balance with the ability to mobile or telework and have an alternative work schedule.

Primary Duties

Some of what you will enjoy doing includes:

Responsible for delivering a full suite of high-quality budget, accounting, payroll, financial and business analysis, and financial management consulting services to the Department of Enterprise Services and over 40 smaller agencies.

Supports agency business managers in the design and implementation of business strategies that are financially viable and meet the agency’s goals of delivering exceptional service while reducing the overall cost of government operations.

Serves as chief architect of the agency’s financial management strategy.

Provides effective leadership and management of the Finance Division.

Leads the development and implementation of a division strategy map and business plan to maximize the division’s contribution to the agency’s goals. Establish and monitor division performance measures and targets.

Support the development and implementation of the agency’s strategy map, performance measures and targets.

Embraces lean leadership and the development of the lean culture at DES.

Supports, coaches and mentors the finance team in service of the agency goal to keep improving.

Supports the agency in the development of data and tools necessary for data-driven decision making and a problem-solving organization.

Ensures the division and the agency have the financial management tools and information necessary for their success.

Leads the development of the agency budget and serves as the lead advocate of the proposed budget with OFM and the legislature.

Provides guidance and recommendations to the agency’s executive management on policy issues impacting the agency’s financial structure or condition to ensure that the agency is in solid financial position.

Leads, plans, organizes and directs the efforts of accounting and budget professionals so that the financial resources of the agency are accurately accounted for and information is provided in a timely manner for program managers and executive managers to make informed business decisions.

As a primary representative of the agency, maintains active and productive working relationship with staff at OFM and with legislative fiscal committee staff.

Keeps the agency in compliance with statutes, rules, policies and GAAP.

Engages, develops and supports employees and fosters intra-team communication and coordination.

Actively participates in, and provides leadership to, state-wide initiatives, improvements and innovations in state government financial management.

Support effective communication throughout the organization.

Maintain the highest standards of person/professional and ethical conduct and support the state’s goals for a diverse workforce.


Required Education, Experience, and Competencies.

Note: The term “financial management” refers to accounting and/or budgeting activities.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major, minor or concentration in business, accounting, public administration, or closely related discipline


Increasingly responsible experience managing a financial management organization or financial management professionals.

At least 3 years of experience is required.

Four years of experience may be substituted for a degree if other requirements are met.

Five years is preferable.

Demonstrated experience in proprietary fund accounting/financial management in the government sector or experience in private-sector financial management. This includes experience in skills such as:

Ability, and working experience with, reading and interpreting financial statements such as an income statement and balance sheet.

Working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), particularly the concepts and accounting treatment of cost of goods sold, depreciation, net position, revenue, debt financing, etc.

Understanding of, and working experience, with cash management

Understanding of, and working experience with, the development and application of financial health measures such as working capital, income margin, etc.

Demonstrated experience and competency in providing financial management support, analysis and advice to managers of complex programs or business operations.

Contact Information

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For questions about this recruitment or to request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or email


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