Finance Director

Finance Director
City of Bothell Finance Department
 Bothell, Washington
Job Description

The Position

The City of Bothell is seeking an experienced and highly regarded Finance Director to provide strategic and visionary leadership to the Finance Department. As the principal financial advisor, the Director provides leadership, direction, and guidance on all financial strategies in support of a shared vision. The Finance Director is responsible for advising the City Manager and City Council and providing high level, consistent reporting with the goal of maintaining a strong financial position and safeguarding the City’s assets.

The Director develops and directs financial plans and policies to meet City goals and ensures effective communication of financial issues. The Director promotes City goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures and analyzes financial information on City operations, effectively evaluates the City’s needs, and recommends financial solutions. Acting as the primary representative for the Finance Department, the Director works with elected officials, outside agencies, boards, and commissions to address issues and provide financial interpretation of City policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.

The Director coordinates and oversees a collaborative and forward-thinking budget development process. The Finance Director provides ongoing financial forecasting and planning, tracks and monitors the adopted budget, and recommends budget adjustments. The Finance Director supervises financial reporting, preparation of financial statements, and development of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and manages the Capital Facilities Plan (CFP).

The successful candidate supports the relationship between the City of Bothell and the constituent population while prioritizing and embodying Bothell’s organizational values of teamwork, service, safety, innovation, and ethics. With a City first mentality, the Finance Director is an active supporter of high-performing organizations, encourages collaboration, and effortlessly partners with City leadership to provide sound advice and guidance in support of broader organizational alignment.

The Finance Director works to support a more responsive, equitable, and strategically collaborative organization. Balancing and respecting a variety of views during the decision-making process while moving forward is essential. The Director is a highly effective leader who employs a leadership style that invites participation, builds trust, and empowers staff. The ideal candidate brings a proven background in mentoring and developing employees and proactively contributes to a positive team environment.

The Community

The City of Bothell, Washington, is a thriving riverfront community going through exciting changes. The City is a community with heart, quiet charm, and urban amenities. Bothell offers a sense of community and place with quiet family neighborhoods, bustling urban centers, coffee houses and award-winning restaurants, beautiful parks, the famous paved Burke-Gilman/Sammamish River Trail, and so much more. Steeped in history but embracing the future, residents love living, working, and playing in Bothell. Located on the shores of the Sammamish River, the downtown area is the hub of the City with popular parks, open green spaces, and multiple play areas for children. Visitors and residents enjoy pedestrian-friendly shopping on the beautiful new Main Street and the newly designed Boulevard and satisfy their appetites at friendly cafes, stylish restaurants, and craft brewpubs.


At least seven (7) years of experience managing government financial operations, including three (3) years of supervisory experience, is required. Direct experience leading finance, accounting, and budget functions in a similar size agency is ideal. Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Principles for Public Sector financial management, including payroll, treasury, grant funds, and public debt management, is required, and knowledge of Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) standards is essential. A bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a closely related field, is required. Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for the Finance Director is $146,924 - $186,798 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City provides an excellent benefits package. Please visit here to learn more.

How to Apply

We believe, to deliver the highest level of service to all Bothell community members, it is crucial we employ a diverse workforce, support an inclusive working environment, and ensure our policies and systems result in equitable outcomes. We are committed to maximizing the value of our employees and foster a culture of continuous improvement, wellness, and inclusion.

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with ongoing review of applications.


For more information or questions regarding the City of Bothell or the Finance Director position, please contact Heather Gantz at