Posting Date:  10/17/2019
Job Title:  Management Analyst III Finance & Planning
Salary:  $87,152.00 -$111,716.80
Entity:  City of Tacoma
Closing Date:  Continuous


The Tacoma Fire Department is currently seeking a motivated, analytical, and experienced professional who is interested in challenging and varied work supporting the Finance & Planning Division of the Administration Bureau. This position will play an essential role in leading and providing support for department analytics and performance, procurement and contracting, financial reporting including budget management.

An incumbent in this position will be expected to act as a subject matter expert, be an independent problem solver, analyze complex data, and prepare and present findings and documents to executive and legislative positions.

The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:

Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
Personal time off.
Paid holidays.
A great pension plan.

The Community
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.
Propelled by significant development such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.
Tacoma boasts the state’s highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city’s vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma’s natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense’s premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma’s desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma’s diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma’s entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Primary Duties

City and governmental policies and procedures, especially including procurement regulations
Government structure and process, and appropriate language usage, especially when describing complex material

Problem resolution and negotiation
Performance of complex calculations, especially in Excel
Effective verbal and written communication
Planning and organizing work
Analyzing situations to develop a course of action

Interpret, analyze and present conclusions from data, including developing datasets
Perform multiple tasks simultaneously, effectively, and efficiently
Develop recommendations for process improvement
Establish and maintain effective working relationships


Desirable Qualifications (Training, Education and Experiences
The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree in accounting, finance, or related subject with 5 years of increasingly responsible work in fiscal functions with an emphasis on budget management and procurement.

Preferred experience includes:
Writing, and managing responses to, bids, waivers, requests for information/proposal, and contracts.
Dealing with complex analysis, interpreting large datasets and preparing conclusions (using Excel, Tableau, and other analytical tools).
Working in a public sector entity environment, especially a public safety department.
Writing professional communications and giving presentations to executive staff and governing bodies.

Certified Public Finance Officer and Data Analytics certification are desirable.

Washington State Driver’s License is required; travel between work locations is necessary.

Contact Information

Selection Process & Supplemental Information:
The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

To be considered for this challenging and rewarding career opportunity, please apply online through the City of Tacoma’s website and attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing your experience, training, motivations, and expertise as it relates to the responsibilities of this position and a list of five references at the time of application. Also attach a digital file of work you are proud of (examples include volunteer, educational, personal, work experiences or grant writing). Please note if selected for an interview you may be asked to present on the attached file.

If applicable, scan and attach your DD-214 proof of military discharge disposition form at time of application.

NOTE: Applications received without the required resume, cover letter, and digital file of work will not progress in the selection process.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, questions regarding this job announcement, or if you are experiencing complications while applying, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 by 5:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow us to assist you before the job announcement closes.


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