Chief Financial Officer

City of Seattle
Seattle, WA
Salary: $57.92 - $95.59 Hourly
$120,936.96 - $199,591.92 Annually
Location:Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., Seattle, Washington
Job Type:Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Full-time
Department:Seattle Public Utilities
Bargaining Unit:Not represented
Closing Date Continuous

Position Description:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provides essential utility services to a rapidly growing and increasingly complex city and region. With more people living in Seattle than ever before, we face a range of new challenges, requirements and responsibilities. This is an exciting time for us, as we embrace the challenge of balancing environmental enhancement, service excellence and compliance with affordability. We are exploring and sharing approaches to meeting new and future demands.
SPU strives to be a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business:  providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses.  We also provide drinking water for 1.4 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make. With those goals in mind, we focus on the following in all we do:

  • Achieve Excellence in Core Service Delivery
  • Increase Affordability and Accountability
  • Improve Investment Value
  • Enhance Public Health and Environment
  • Ensure Equity and Inclusion
  • Expand our Impact through Strong Partnerships
We have an exciting opportunity for a visionary financial executive to join our team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting to the General Manager/Chief Executive Officer (GM/CEO), the CFO will enhance the utility's affordability and investment strategies.  
The CFO is an essential business partner and counselor to the GM/CEO, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and executive team that contributes to and evaluates ideas and initiatives designed to advance SPU's mission and the interests of the utility's rate payers. The CFO is also a member of the utility's executive leadership team, collaborating on the development of departmental planning, policies, practices and initiatives. The position ensures that SPU secures and maintains cost-effective financing for capital projects, oversees the development and maintenance of strong, transparent financial reporting systems and controls, ensures the development and adherence to strong, balanced financial policies, provides financial data and analyses that allow for informed and responsible decision-making and oversight. Overseeing an annual operating budget of $1.2 billion dollars (with revenues of approximately $874 million) in operating across four funds: water, drainage & wastewater, solid waste, and general fund), the CFO will work with department leadership to leverage the impact of SPU's financial investments, control costs, and ensure sound fiduciary responsibility of financial resources.
The CFO is the utility's lead financial representative and interacts regularly with Bond Rating Agencies, City Budget Office, City Council and the Mayor's Office.  In addition, this position is also responsible for the accuracy, integrity, and quality of SPU's official annual financial statements for the Water, Drainage & Wastewater, and Solid Waste lines of business.
The ideal candidate is ethical, knowledgeable, nimble, financially creative, and shares our interest in advancing equity, inclusivity, transparency, accountability, affordability and sustainability in all we do. The ideal candidate cultivates a connected, coherent, empowered, capable and resilient staff and is focused upon the interests of the utility's customers and community.
The position is open until filled. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of SPU's Strategic Business Plan as well as other reports, studies and initiatives.
  • Provide oversight of the delivery of accurate, timely and relevant financial reporting to the CEO, CAO, Deputy Directors and leaders of the department. 
  • Ensure the effectiveness of financial and accounting systems.
  • Oversee the development of the annual budget in accordance with city procedures and departmental operating requirements, including revenue, expense and capital spending budgets.
  • Direct performance for all three Enterprise Funds and related bond issuances.
  • Maintain open and transparent relationships with rating agencies, representing SPU at presentations and other bond issuance and ratings related activities. 
  • Ensure that SPU develops and maintains an optimal capital structure, minimizing its cost of capital while maintaining financial flexibility.
  • Coordinate SPU's financial responses to the City Budget Office (CBO), City Council, Mayor, rating agencies, and other as required.
  • Provide executive oversight of SPU financial operations and other assigned functions, ensuring operational excellence.
  • Manage the development of rates, in alignment with utility needs, SPU strategic business planning processes that include customer input, and city processes.
  • Participate as a member of SPU's executive team, collaborating on the utility's planning, policies, procedures, conformance, compliance and culture building.
  • Work to build a culture of affordability and accountability in budget development and rate setting where every employee seeks to control costs and maximize investment value.
  • Provide oversight of asset management and decision-making analyses that inform investment decisions, including economic analysis.
  • Work with SPU leadership to foster exploration of viable opportunities to leverage SPU financial capital through public private partnerships, grant funding and other alternative financing and project delivery approaches.
  • Managing and empowering a team that includes:  Accounting, Business Systems Management, Contracts & Procurement, Real Property, and Finance.

At least 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in financial management, financial analysis, accounting, auditing, budgeting, forecasting, treasury and investment management, debt issuance, rate making and management in a municipal, local, or other governmental entity and eight (8) years of supervisory and management experience over a related major division or organization.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, business administration, CPA or a closely related field.

Additional Information:

Seattle Public Utilities has three lines of business, which include: drinking water, drainage and wastewater, and solid waste. "Our Promise" is to provide efficient and forward-looking utility services that keep Seattle the best place to live.

Job #2018-01381

If you are unable to apply on-line you may submit a paper application by the closing date to our office.

Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500
Seattle, WA 98104