Posting Date:  02/08/2021
Job Title:  Finance Director
Salary:  $80,000 to $110,000 DOE, Plus benefit package
Entity:  Town of Friday Harbor, WA
Closing Date:  Open until filled


The Town of Friday Harbor (1.25 square miles / population 2,490) is located on beautiful San Juan Island, Washington. This ferry served community is San Juan County’s only incorporated area and the County’s governing seat. The County, as a whole, offers distinctive island communities and an abundance of natural resources and outdoor recreation. San Juan Island has a busy and prosperous economy fueled by (inter)national tourism, real estate, construction, and a variety of professional services and trades. Although its population doubles during the summer tourist season, residents enjoy the perks of small-town life with access to major cities nearby.

The Town averages 35 FTEs that comprise its Administration, Finance, Community Development & Planning (CDPD), and Public Works Departments. Administration facilitates many operations under the direction of a Town Council and Mayor. Finance oversees the Town’s operating budget, collection of fees for services, and debt management. Public Works operates the Town’s independent water, sewer, stormwater, refuse, and street utilities. CDPD is responsible for comprehensive plan review, growth management practices and development-related activities.
The Town is recruiting for a Finance Director. The Director is primarily responsible for preparation of annual reports and budget; oversees the Town operating budget and investment portfolio; performs investment transactions; recommends financial policies; and manages the operations of the department, including accounts payable and receivable, purchasing, payroll and other debt management functions. As a vital member of the Town’s management team, the Director supervises three employees, works closely with other Town departments and reports to the Administrator.

Candidates for this position must possess at least 5 years of increasingly responsible experience in public sector administration with responsibility for finance, accounting or other related administrative functions. The ideal candidate will have a broad knowledge base in the areas of municipal budgeting and analysis, revenue projection and budgeting, BARS accounting and financial reporting, public debt and fund accounting. A Bachelor’s Degree in business, accounting, public administration or other closely related field is expected; however equivalent experience will be considered. This is an excellent opportunity for a hands-on Finance Director with a breadth of municipal experience and skill in strategic planning.

This is an at-will position appointed by the Mayor. This position will remain open until a candidate is selected. The Town’s intention is to hire for the position with a flexible start date of April 15, 2021. The salary range for the Finance Director is $80,000 to $110,000 annually; placement within the range is dependent upon qualifications.

If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit the Town website for the full job description, employment application, and general overview benefits package. A letter of interest and resume must accompany employment applications. Questions and materials should be submitted to the Town Administrator.

Primary Duties

1. Assume full management responsibility for all Finance Department services and activities including general accounting functions; budget preparation and compliance; treasury and debt management; recommendation and implementation of financial policies and procedures.
2. Oversee town-wide financial and accounting services, including utility billing/customer service, payroll & benefits administration, processing accounts payable; cash receipting; establish and maintain procedures to assure strong fiscal controls; monitor and audit cash handling.
3. Prepare Town Annual Report.
4. Directly supervise functions performed by the Finance staff.
5. Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the Finance Department budget and town-wide budgets; forecast funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, supplies and any other direct overhead; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
6. Represent the Finance Departments to other departments, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinate assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
7. Assume responsibility for Town bond issuance; assist with official financial statements and coordinate issuance with underwriters, rating agencies and bond counsel.
8. Establish, implement and enhance policies and procedures in compliance with the Washington State Auditor’s Cash Basis (BARS) accounting standards.
9. Review and analyze monthly financial statements; direct and manage the Town’s investment programs and portfolio; develop and monitor investment policies while retaining legality, safety, liquidity and yield.
10. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of municipal and governmental accounting, financial management, budgeting and Information Technology.


• Five years of progressively increasing management responsibility in public sector administration with responsibility for finance, accounting or other related administrative functions.
• Bachelor’s Degree in business accounting, public administration, or a closely related field is expected; however equivalent experience will be considered.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Proficiency in applicable Microsoft software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Publisher) and municipal financial system software (Vision Solutions).
• Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal government management.
• Thorough knowledge of effective managerial principles, practices and methods.
• Thorough knowledge of organization, with regard to carrying out complex, multi-faceted services, including budgeting processes.
• Considerable knowledge of short- and long-range planning processes.
• Ability to communicate both orally and in writing, including public speaking and presentation skills.
• Ability to develop and monitor work procedures and budget guidelines.
• Ability to develop, organize, and direct comprehensive town-wide goals, objectives, and administrative operations.
• Ability to evaluate financial data and recommend improvements or remedies where necessary.
• Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
• Ability to communicate verbally in a concise and explanatory manner, both orally and in writing, to several users of financial information including elected officials, department heads, staff and citizens; ability to present materials in a professional manner at televised Town Council meetings.
• Interpret and apply applicable federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, government agencies, other employees, and the general public.
• Must have strong leadership and organizational skills.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of daily activities.

Contact Information

Town of Friday Harbor
PO Box 219
60 Second Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
(360) 378 – 2810


Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator –
Kelle’ Wilson, Finance Director –
Amy Taylor, Town Clerk –
Town of Friday Harbor website –
Job Posting –

Other Information

The Finance Director is supervised by the Town Administrator. Activities are monitored by the Town Administrator for compliance with the Mayor and Town Council’s goals. Latitude for independent action and decisions will be commensurate with demonstrated ability. Error in judgment could have a significant impact on public relations and could result in legal and fiscal liability for the Town.

The Finance Director is part of the Town’s management team. The Finance Director has supervisory authority over Finance Department staff within the scope of the established personnel rules, policies, and collective bargaining agreements.