King County Library System (KCLS), located in Washington State is seeking an experienced and collaborative Director of Finance. This exempt position reports to the Library Director as part of the KCLS Leadership Team and is responsible for leading all aspects of financial operating functions of the library system.
The ideal candidate should have thorough knowledge of finance, accounting, and budgeting practices and be able to analyze and use complex financial information to anticipate future financial or accounting needs. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, with the ability to gain the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity, and be passionate about public service and engaging in work that directly supports local communities.
About the Opportunity: King County Library System was established in 1942 as an independent taxing district funded by voter-approved property taxes and governed by a Board of Trustees. With a $118 million annual operating budget KCLS continues to be dedicated to serving and supporting the needs of local communities. As a steward of public resources, the Director of Finance plays a key strategic role in managing and coordinating the use and investment of these public funds and the overall success of the library system's mission to serve and support King County communities.
The Director of Finance is responsible for the operation and oversight of financial and operating functions at KCLS, including financial management and reporting, treasury and fund operations, tax, banking, audit, and all other operations associated with key business processes. This position plays a strategic role as a core member of the KCLS Leadership Team, providing strategic vision, direction and policy development, and representing KCLS on financial matters with the Board of Trustees, the Washington State Auditor's office, and other regulatory agencies.
The Director of Finance helps administer vendor contracts, inter-local agreements with other public agencies, and works closely with the Director of HR on evaluating and administering employee benefit programs. This position also supports the cultivation of key external relationships and partners, and leads a team of accounting and payroll staff who are responsible for the financial operations of the library system.
Specific responsibilities include:
1. Financial Management and Reporting
Oversee the overall day-to-day financial activities of KCLS, augmenting internal controls, processes, and procedures where necessary to ensure the integrity of financial information and full compliance with requirements of various government entities.
Oversee the preparation of financial statements, reports, metrics, and other analyses to improve business intelligence, inform decision making, and help KCLS pursue new endeavors profitably.
Oversee the development of the annual budget, providing the leadership team with financial analysis of business strategy and resource allocation decisions; monitor expenses against board-approved budget.
Attend Board of Trustees meetings and provide financial support & analysis as needed.
Maintain productive relations with banks, auditors, and other related third parties.
Drive the development and improvement of systems, processes and policies to increase operational excellence, agility, and responsiveness.
Evaluate risk management practices, ensure appropriate insurance and review and negotiate contracts.
Oversee the maintenance of corporate records in compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
Be a strategic business partner to the KCLS Leadership Team, helping drive organizational capability and value.
Lead strategic and annual planning processes for the KCLS Leadership Team, contribute to cross-team planning, and assist with the alignment of strategic priorities and cultivating a culture of excellence.
Participate in conferences, workshops, committees, task forces, and other meetings of national and regional affinity groups, related to the library's strategic goals and objectives.
Represent KCLS through public speaking engagements, interviews, etc., as needed.
Develop, lead and manage a high-performing, high-impact team.
Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and demonstrated experience in:
Broad business background with 10+ years' experience across multiple functional areas such as finance & accounting, operations, and risk management.
Three years of senior financial management and supervisory experience. Public sector accounting experience is preferred.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Accounting, Finance, Business, or Public Administration, or closely related field.
MBA or related degree, or CPA preferred.
Or other combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the classification.
We are also looking for:
Organizational Leadership: a business and people leader who can develop a high performing team, with the executive maturity to collaboratively lead across the organization, and the EQ to engage in self-observation and improvement.
Appropriate balance of strategic acumen and ability to anticipate and mitigate execution challenges to effectively deliver results.
Intellectual curiosity, strong critical thinking and analytical problem solving skills, and a willingness to embrace new ideas and lead appropriate change.
Passion for public libraries and the people they serve.
King County Library System (KCLS) has a vision of a world where knowledge allows diverse communities to prosper and grow. In order to support this vision, KCLS creates opportunities through meaningful connections by acting as the knowledge sharing center for over 1.3 million diverse patrons, providing an unparalleled collection of library materials, resources, technology, services, and programs.
Approximately 1,300 engaged and passionate staff provide service in 48 library locations and in community engagement using direct outreach and virtual assistance. The service area of KCLS includes the cities, towns, tribal lands, and unincorporated districts of King County, with the exception of the city of Seattle.
Washington State's King County is the thirteenth most populous county in the United States and is home to vibrant and diverse communities. King County boasts a wide variety of suburban growth, dynamic cities, rural developments, and farmland as well as a vast range of outdoor recreational opportunities which take advantage of the Northwest's beautiful mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, and Puget Sound.