Posting Date:  06/14/2021
Job Title:  Finance Manager
Salary:  $48.93 – $73.38 Hourly
Entity:  Seattle Department of Transportation
Closing Date:  Open until Filled


Vision: Seattle is a thriving and equitable community powered by dependable transportation.

Mission: To deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is a nationally recognized municipal transportation agency at the leading edge of multi-modal transportation. In our quickly growing city, accessibility, safety, affordability, and reliability are top of mind for us every day. Our core values drive our work toward creating an equitable, sustainable, and vibrant city for all. SDOT’s core responsibilities include maintenance and operations of the city’s transportation right-of-way, the expansion of the city’s bicycle and pedestrian network, care of over 240 bridges, permitting use of public spaces, and enhancing access to the regional transit system. With approximately 1100 dedicated staff, SDOT maintains an operational presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions to serve and ensure Seattle’s public mobility.

SDOT is seeking an experienced, people-focused leader for a career-highlight opportunity as the Finance Manager (Manager 3) in our Finance and Administration Division. This seasoned finance professional will coordinate the development of SDOT’s +$635 million annual budget and $2.4 billion six-year Capital Improvement Program; monitor and evaluate SDOT’s financial performance; provide advice and counsel to SDOT divisions on budgetary matters; establish budget processes, and manage budget and CIP systems. The Finance Manager leads a staff of 16, including two managers, and a dedicated team of professional and technical staff. In all, this team tracks budgets and accounts for 60 different revenue sources with various restrictions in more than 220 projects and 7 funds. This Manager will work with staff at all levels to resolve financial, budget, and Capital Improvement Program issues. The Finance Manager also serves as the department’s primary liaison with other City departments, including the City Budget Office. This is a hands-on management position with responsibilities in supporting departmental goals and promoting diversity and race and social justice efforts.

Primary Duties

– In partnership with the Finance & Administration Director, create, and sustain, a vision and corresponding plan to provide SDOT with a stable financial footing that allows for the ability to act nimbly to capitalize upon opportunities and to confidently respond to emerging issues as they arise.
– Ensure equity, diversity, and social justice are the cornerstone of SDOT’s budget development processes and financial management practices.

– Communicate complicated budget/financial issues to a wide range of audiences within SDOT and to our City partners.
– Provide advice and counsel on financial and budgetary matters, develop strategic and collaborative budget processes, and maintain and enhance SDOT’s budget systems.

Management of People & Teams:
– Supervise a diverse workforce, including managerial and represented employees, to create a culture of respect, collaboration, and accountability.
– Prioritize key deliverables and effectively assign work to managers and staff to address departmental priorities, while maintaining oversight and accountability.
– Train and develop staff through timely and effective performance evaluations, communication of job expectations, development of work plans, and creation of performance measurements to evaluate results and continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

Operational Management & Relationships:
– Serve as a technical expert on financial and budget matters. Perform complex fiscal and policy analyses. Manage financial plans to support the department’s work and meet overall objectives.
– Lead rate and fee setting efforts that support various SDOT activities.
– Monitor and evaluate budget performance. Lead and oversee the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial management reports. Provide professional consultation, analysis, interpretation of financial data for use in management and policy decisions.
– Develop and monitor cost allocations across multiple funds, divisions, projects, activities.
– Work with managers, project managers, analysts, etc. in resolving a wide variety of budget issues related to operations, capital projects, grants, partnership agreements, etc. Assist in effectively analyzing, budgeting, and tracking revenue and expenditures. Develop budgets and funding plans that maximize the use of SDOT’s over 60 different revenue sources while ensuring compliance with different restrictions.
– Work in partnership with SDOT Accounting to ensure budgets comply with internal accounting controls, audit requirements, city policies, federal and state laws, generally accepted accounting principles.


We are looking for a highly accountable, people-oriented leader who cultivates an inclusive and welcoming culture, has a passion for creating environments where people can do their best work and is an effective collaborator, relationship builder, and communicator.

The successful candidate will be a results-oriented leader, grounded by a commitment to equity, inclusion, and empowerment; can transform strategy into operational goals and objectives; and produce measurable outcomes. They will be a proven, caring leader with a career history that demonstrates outstanding leadership and financial expertise coupled with data analysis skills and the ability to embrace and celebrate the culture, diversity, community values, and all that Seattle represents. This candidate will bring a strategic mindset and a deep understanding of office workplace missions and core values.

The preferred candidate will have at least a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, or another closely related discipline. They must have experience leading complex financial organizations responsible for providing public sector services such as capital improvement programs. Consideration will be given to candidates who have limited public sector experience, but who have held leadership positions where they have led significant financial programming and organizational changes. They have held a leadership role within a large and complex, publicly accountable organization that involves leading a diverse staff and fiduciary management of a sizable budget. Demonstrated knowledge in working with staff at all levels, and key stakeholders is critical to success in this role, as well as extensive experience in building strong teams and fostering an inclusive workplace culture.

Successful candidates for this position will also have, or will be able to demonstrate how their previous experience is comparable to:
– A master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field.
– Seven (7) years of experience managing large and complex budgets, capital improvement programs, performing complex fiscal and policy analysis.
– Five (5) years managing high-level finance and budget staff, including evaluation and performance management.
– Strong strategic planning, fiscal analysis problem-solving skills, and the ability to quickly assess and analyze problems and develop solutions.
– Business process improvement experience including assessing current state, future state and executing the plan.
– Experience working with sophisticated, large-scale accounting and financial management software programs such as PeopleSoft.
– Grants management experience at the local, regional, and Federal level.
– Knowledge of and experience with project cost accounting.
– Experience serving elected officials and the public working across department lines.
– Demonstrated ability to creatively manage limited resources.

Contact Information

Ryan Jones
Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, Human Resources
City of Seattle, Department of Transportation
O: 206-233-3871 |


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