Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) works with all residents to be good stewards of the environment, and to provide safe, welcoming opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, and build community. SPR manages a 6,400-acre park system covering about 12% of the total land area of Seattle and a recreation system that includes programming at 27 community centers, eight indoor swimming pools, two outdoor (summer) swimming pools, four environmental education centers, three teen centers, two small craft centers, an indoor tennis center, an outdoor stadium, over 400 ballfields, and much more. The Department is organized into eight divisions. This position will be working in the Performance, Policy and Finance Division and will lead the department’s accounting function.
The department’s endorsed 2018 annual operating budget is over $160 million and capital budget is over $80 million. This budget is appropriated in multiple funds, including restricted funds and will be expended in hundreds of operating and capital projects. The department also has over 1,000 regular positions and increases significantly during peak season with temporary workers.
About the Position
Seattle Parks and Recreation is recruiting a financial leader with technical abilities, an analytic approach, emotional intelligence, experience engaging other work units in a matrix environment and a commitment to the department’s mission and values.
There are two main recruiting goals for this position - the department is looking for someone who will ensure the organization is meeting its accounting/fiscal responsibilities consistent with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) and City policies. Equally important, the department is also looking for someone with strong leadership skills in working with their own team (approximately 20 staff) and in a matrix role to improve business processes for operational efficiency and effectiveness.
A key early priority for the incumbent will be the successful transition from a highly customized version of PeopleSoft (first implemented in 1999) to PeopleSoft 9.2 scheduled for January 2, 2018 go-live. The new financial system is accompanied by a new citywide financial and procurement model with significant business process changes in all financial areas. For Seattle Parks and Recreation this change includes a transition to a project based financial structure from an organization centric system, changes to payroll, changes to integration with operating systems, business process changes, and much, much more.
Accounting Management. Responsible for managing Accounts Payable, Payroll Accounting, Revenue Accounting, Asset Accounting, Project Cost Accounting, and General Ledger Accounting work areas. Work includes financial statement preparation and reporting, financial analysis, response to state and federal audits, establishing policies and procedures in compliance with city, state and federal guidelines, and maintaining the integrity of Parks’ accounting and financial reporting systems and processes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and standards.
Department Financial Management. Serve in lead capacity and as a technical expert in implementing Citywide financial management and accounting initiatives within SPR, including development of policy options and recommendations, analysis of the effects on the Department’s financial management infrastructure, re-engineering processes and systems accordingly and developing/coordinating in-house training to educate and inform stakeholders on new financial processes and structures. Integrating information from two primary operating systems – a registration, facility booking and point of sale system that processes $25 million per year in receivables and an asset management / work order system that integrates labor as well as asset information.
Working with People. Further department goals in promoting workforce diversity in concert with the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. Communicate effectively, engage co-workers and work well with diverse staff at all levels in the department and the City. Manage a large and diverse accounting team in a manner that maintains good working relations within and external to the Accounting unit. Enforce accounting policies while maintaining good working relationships with all stakeholders. Responsible for professional development of employees, performance evaluations, communication of job expectations, development of work plans and creation of performance measurements to measure and evaluate results, and continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of accounting operations.
Customer Service and Innovation. Build on the Accounting Unit’s reputation for excellent customer service and high financial integrity. Continue SPR innovative programs and new initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness of City and Department financial systems and the integration of financial information with data from other business operating systems. Participate in the department’s efforts to obtain CAPRA accreditation which includes a review of all policies and procedures.
Education: BA or BS degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field, including at least 24 semester hours or 36 quarter credit units in accounting with no substitution of other areas of study allowed. An understanding of generally accepted accounting principles is required.
Experience: 4 years of supervisory or managerial experience in accounting, auditing or related financial management.
Four years of progressively responsible, high-level accounting experience in a complex accounting and financial management environment.
Demonstrated ability to implement generally accepted accounting principles in a diverse and complex work environment.
Ability to interpret legal, administrative and policy guidelines in relation to current problems and issues.
Experience leading business process redesign and process improvement activities that encourage new ideas, solutions and efficiencies while meeting business needs and ensuring consistency with accounting principles and policies.
A solid customer service orientation and commitment to department values.
Excellent “people skills” with ability to effectively deal with a wide range of diversity and cultures within and external to the Accounting unit.
Proven leadership and supervisory skills in the accounting field leading a large team of technical, professional and diverse accounting staff, providing professional development and resolving workplace issues.
Experience with the City of Seattle’s Financial Management System, a PeopleSoft product.
Excellent writing and oral communication skills, with the ability to present complex material to various non-accounting audiences.
Ability to embrace, effect, and manage change.
CPA or other professional certification
Additional Salary Information: $84,334-126,533 DOE annual salary, overtime exempt
About Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR)
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) works with all residents to be good stewards of the environment, and to provide safe, welcoming opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, and build community. SPR manages a 6,400-acre park system covering about 12% of the total land area of Seattle and a recreation system that includes programming at 27 community cent...ers, eight indoor swimming pools, two outdoor (summer) swimming pools, four environmental education centers, three teen centers, two small craft centers, an indoor tennis center, an outdoor stadium, over 400 ballfields, and much more.