Finance Director

Finance Director
City of Olympia
 Olympia, Washington
Job Description

The Finance Director reports directly to the City Manager and is a member of the Executive Team. The Finance Director is responsible for a staff of 19 full-time employees and an annual budget of $3.4 million. The Finance Department is responsible for billing, collections taxes and licensing; general accounting and financial reporting; debt and treasury management; budget management; and financial planning. The successful candidate will be an energetic, visionary, and effective leader.

The City is in the process of procuring and implementing an enterprise-wide financial and Human Resources system to replace an outdated legacy system. This position requires strong collaboration, change management and relationship building skills to ensure a successful transition to a new system.

The Ideal Candidate:

The City of Olympia seeks an experienced, unifying leader with high ethical standards who can direct a cohesive team of financial and accounting professionals committed to excellence. The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and commitment to collaborating with all City departments.

The new Finance Director will build and promote the strength, reputation and image of the City of Olympia. The new Director will engage, motivate and inspire staff around a shared vision and mission by demonstrating principled leadership, personal courage and decisiveness. They will work as a key partner in collaboration with the Human Resources Department.

In this role the Finance Director must foster diversity, equity and inclusion through recognizing and welcoming populations that have been and remain underrepresented and marginalized. This position promotes justice, impartiality and fairness. They will be a champion of diversity and support efforts to make Olympia a more welcoming City to all.

In addition, the candidate will have:

  • Significant experience and comprehensive knowledge of municipal budgeting, accounting, payroll and benefits administration, financial reporting, utility billing, business tax and licensing, debt and treasury management.
  • A commitment to the City’s values of compassion, integrity, and effectiveness; and to fostering an environment of trust, collaboration, and excellence.
  • Outstanding leadership qualities combined with personal characteristics including integrity, honesty, compassion, courage, good judgment, and a sense of humor.

To Apply:

Apply: Persons Interested in this position should submit the following information: Cover letter, Current resume

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact Linnaea Jablonski:
Phone: 360.753.8309


This position will remain open until filled. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application materials directly to Linnaea Jablonski at by June 25, 2021.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

The essential functions of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Organize and direct the activities of the Finance Department and City Clerk Services in a manner that optimizes the use of financial, physical, and human resources in accomplishing assigned functions and achieving objectives.
  • Ensure accounting processes are carried out in conformance with standards set by Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and guidance from the State Auditor's Office (SAO); including the collection, investment, management and disbursement of public funds, and the maintenance of adequate internal financial controls.
  • Oversee, coordinate and participate in the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and audit in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the State Auditor's Office (SAO); collaborate with staff to ensure timely completion.
  • Oversee, coordinate, and prepare the annual Operating Budget and Capital Facilities Plan.
  • Advise the City Manager, Department Directors, and the City Council regarding the budget preparation process, consequences of fiscal alternatives and the presentation and recommendation of fiscal options.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and timely financial reports and statements to management and City Council for decision making purposes.
  • Direct debt and bond issuance activities; monitor the City's debt portfolio and debt capacity; and formulate and recommend policies and practices to ensure prudent management of the City's debt.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate and review work plans for assigned staff; assign work activities, projects and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Continually monitor, evaluate and implement process improvement within the Department.
  • Provide leadership, team building, mentoring, and training for the Fiscal Services and Clerk Services staff.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Key Leadership Traits

Strategic Thinker

  • Provides clarity of vision/mission and uses results-driven, strategic approaches to problem solving. Committed and focused on the long-term success of the team and customers. Follows through on commitments. Strong analytical and research skills.

Good Communicator

  • Fully present in the moment and listens to staff and customer ideas and needs and clearly communicates expectations, deadlines, and outcomes. Listens to understand and assist, not just to respond.

Open/Accessible Leadership

  • Open Door Policy approach to working with staff. Approachable, friendly demeanor with a good sense of humor, assumes a positive intent, supportive of staff decisions, always looking for the learning in every situation. Does not micro-manage.

Promotes Work/Life Balance

  • Leads by example in promoting a healthy work/life balance for all staff. Supports flexible work schedules
    and encourages staff to take vacations, time away from the office.

Relationship Builder

  • Builds and fosters strong relationships amongst the Finance Team, Executive Team and across Departments. Calm under pressure, keeping focused on solutions. High integrity leader who looks for ways to say yes. Empowers others to reach their career goals and work objectives.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration or 10 years of professional experience in higher-level governmental accounting, budgeting, fiscal management, or related activities. Three years of supervisory experience of a staff of at least five people. A Certified Public Accounting License and/or Master’s degree is desirable but not required.

Supplemental information


  • The Finance Director serves as a consultant to the City Manager, City Council, and Department Directors concerning budget and fiscal matters.
  • Maintains contact with the financial community in order to keep current on financial trends and practices, and to develop and maintain a sound financial support network.
  • Applies interpersonal skills to effective personnel management within the Finance Department. Coordinates the work of the assigned functions with other City Departments and agencies.


  • The Finance Director supervises either directly or through subordinates, all employees in the Fiscal Services and City Clerk Services areas.

Working Conditions:

  • The activities of the Finance Director are performed from an office located in City Hall. Work generally involves a high degree of concentration, especially in the consideration of technical and personnel problems and the origination of programs to increase Departmental efficiency and improved services.

The City of Olympia is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.