Director of Finance and Budget

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Yakima Finance Department
Location of position: 
Yakima, WA
$104,561.60 – $133,452.80 Annually + Benefits
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Closing Date: 
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Job Description: 

Opportunity in sunny central Washington!

The City of Yakima is seeking a Director of Finance and Budget who is a leader, mentor, manager, and team player; someone who is visionary, yet practical.

The ideal candidate for the Director of Finance and Budget position will have advanced knowledge of the principles, procedures, and techniques of current budgetary and financial operations; public fund investment and risk management principles and practices; best principles and practices for project and financial management.

The ideal candidate will also have considerable knowledge of technical accounting principles, theories, and concepts; professional industry standards; accounting codes, classifications, terminology and requirements. Knowledge of Federal and State laws and regulations; Washington State Police and Fire pension statutes; local ordinances and City policies. Knowledge of data processing applications pertaining to accounting systems. Knowledge of automated finance software systems.


A Master’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a closely related field (Bachelor’s Degree required); plus eight (8) years of progressively responsible business finance management including experience in risk management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), corporate budget development and oversight is required. Qualifying experience must include a minimum of three (3) years in a supervisory capacity. Previous public financial administration, accounting and/or budget experience is required. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License and/or Certified Public Financial Officer designation, and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certifications are highly preferred.

BENEFITS The City of Yakima offers a competitive benefit package including: PTO, medical/dental/vision, FREE healthcare clinic, WA State pension, relocation reimbursement for out of state candidate, and more!

APPLY Submit an online application at A complete online application must include the following attachments: • Cover letter and Resume • Name and complete contact information for 5 references; to include at least one current or previous supervisor • Professional licenses or certifications • Written responses to the following:

1.      Detail your most applicable budget and financial management experience. Be sure to include your overall philosophy regarding the public budget and financial management process.

2.      What do you feel is the greatest issue local governments currently face regarding fiscal sustainability? (Writing samples should not exceed one page or approximately 500 words per response.)

Priority screening preference will be given to applications submitted by Monday, June 18, 2018.