Posting Date:  11/06/2019
Job Title:  Senior Financial Officer (Exempt)
Salary:  110,000-125,000
Entity:  Department of Services for the Blind
Closing Date:  12/6/2019


The goal of the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) is to assist in the stable employment and increased independence of Blind, Deaf Blind and Low Vision customers. DSB provides assessment, advocacy, information, referral, training, and vocational counseling services to more than 2,800 Washington State residents annually who are blind, low vision or deaf blind.

By joining our team as the Senior Financial Officer (SFO), you will serve as the steward of our financial integrity by providing strategic and tactical financial leadership, control, and oversight for DSB and will ensure effective fiscal operations for the Independent Living, Vocational Rehabilitation, Youth Services, and Business Enterprise programs. Reporting to the Executive Director, you will serve as a financial advisor to our Executive Management team, the State Rehabilitation Council and other agency managers. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with experience in business and strategic planning and performing complex financial analyses. You will have the ability to tackle challenges utilizing an adaptive approach to problem solving by identifying issues, analyzing, and providing multiple solutions and impacts. Moreover, you are able to explain complex financial challenges and solutions succinctly to a diverse audience.

Working with DSB, you’ll be a part of an agency that is viewed as a national leader in promoting the skills and abilities of people who are blind or have low vision. By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our customers. If you are committed to helping lead the way in the advancement of our mission — “Inclusion, Independence, and Economic Vitality for People with Visual Disabilities” — we encourage you to apply!

Primary Duties

As an integral member of DSB, your expertise will be used to support the agency mission by ensuring proper use of state and federal resources, maintaining continuity and effectiveness of financial operations, and assuring the DSB workforce has the fiscal means to accomplish program goals and activities that protect and improve the independence, inclusion and economic vitality of people with visual disabilities in the State of Washington. You will also provide leadership and guidance to a group of fiscal personnel.

Some of what you will enjoy doing:

-Supporting the agency with the budget development process, ensuring the agency budget meets our mission, strategic plan and long and short-term fiscal needs
-Providing timely and accurate fiscal reports for agency grants and fiscal processes
-Identifying process improvements for effective and efficient service programs and agency responsiveness and ensuring clear communication relating to process or policy changes
-Developing and maintaining systems to mitigate the agency’s financial risks
-Ensuring accuracy and timeliness of the agency’s allotments, inventory activity, fiscal documentation, and journal entries
-Developing and maintaining internal control mechanisms and activities for ensuring federal, state, and local fiscal compliance and audit-proof fiscal processes
-Maintaining effective inter-agency business relationships and activities with entities such as Centralized Services, the Small Agency Financial Services (SAFS) payroll/ Department of Enterprise Services (DES), Office of Financial -Management (OFM), State Auditor’s Office, Legislative staff, and liaisons
-Advising internal stakeholders on guidelines and regulations for state/federal compliance
-Working with regional offices to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of fiscal processes and controls


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field required, AND
Five (5) years supervisory experience managing different skill levels, AND
Four (4) years’ experience in business planning and strategic planning, AND
Four (4) years’ experience performing complex financial analyses

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities should include:
Ability to understand and think “big picture”
Willingness to perform daily operational tasks, as necessary
Strong collaboration skills and the ability to work in a team environment
Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate complex technical topics to diverse audiences
Ability to manage multiple projects or assignments at the same time
Ability to identify issues, analyze and provide multiple solutions and impacts
Ability to make data driven, defensible recommendations and decisions
Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, with intermediate to advanced Excel skills

Contact Information

Jennifer McWaid


You must apply through the state applicant tracking system at or link above.

Other Information

You must provide the information below; failure to do so may result in not being considered for this position:

A letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
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)