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WA - Budget Manager (WSDOT)

  • 1.  WA - Budget Manager (WSDOT)

    Posted 04-30-2019 09:19 AM
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 04-30-2019 09:19 AM

    The Opportunity:
    The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Budget & Financial Analysis Division is seeking an established financial professional with excellent customer service skills to take on the role of Budget Manager in our central budget office. As one of six agency Budget Managers, this position will work as part of a team to provide guidance at an advanced level on matters pertaining to the agency's budget, fiscal analysis, and other policy-oriented budget tasks.

    Reporting directly to the Assistant Director of Budget, the Budget Manager will oversee one or more of the agency's most complex budget programs, such as ferries, tolling, highway construction, maintenance, or other issues assigned by the Assistant Director of Budget. In this capacity, the position will become a subject matter expert and advise, assist and influence program professionals in various stages of policies and operational activities consistent with the department's strategic plan and legislative direction.

    The successful incumbent must be able to confidently assist in the Division's core work to act as stewards of the department's financial integrity and credibility. This requires advanced understanding of the state's legislative and budget processes, as well as advanced budgeting expertise to facilitate effective financial decision making. At the same time, it requires someone committed to engaging in the detailed work necessary for essential business processes including allotments and fiscal notes. If you are an individual who has a similar background and you're excited to take on a challenging role such as this, then we strongly encourage you to apply today!

    At WSDOT, we value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. To learn more, please watch the following video: Why WSDOT?

    This position will perform the following work:

    • Serve as the agency's central budget office subject-area expert for complex programs as assigned.
    • Provide training, mentoring, and one-on-one technical assistance to program professionals on developing and implementing the biennial and supplemental budgets, as well as developing and writing fiscal notes, decision packages, and other communications.
    • Provide strategic direction or recommendations to the Assistant Director of Budget and other executives on program budget matters.
    • Review, analyze and monitor spending plans for assigned programs, including adjusting allotments and detailed plans.
    • Implement short and long-term budget strategies.
    • Interpret broad state financial laws, rules, policies and practices when reviewing fiscal information to determine if allocated funds have been spent as specified.
    • Investigate, develop and provide recommendations for responses to inquiries from legislative staff, legislators, executive staff and other entities as they pertain to assigned programs.
    • Develop comprehensive, strategic, and detailed budget information in response to inquiries within the framework of department policies, state law, and general budgeting practices.
    • Create decision packages, presentations, and other written materials of high quality, that provide context for the agency's strategic direction or budget actions.

    In order to be considered, a candidate must possess the following:
    • Bachelor's degree or higher in business, economics, finance, public administration, or closely related field.
    • At least three (3) years of experience in budgeting in a complex organization in a central budget office or similar, at a progressively more challenging level.
    • Three (3) or more years of experience in the development of Excel spreadsheet models for use in financial projection and analysis.
    • High level of understanding of state budgeting processes and demonstrated competence with statewide financial systems including, but not limited to AFRS, BDS, ABS, SPS, Fiscal Note System and TALS.
    • Strong customer service focus in order to understand and assist customers in a professional and courteous manner.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate effective partnerships and build trust with various offices and stakeholders.
    • Strong analytical skills in order to conduct high level accurate analysis of data, budget proposals, and legislation.  

    In addition to the above requirements, a preferred candidate would also possess the following:
    • Experience working specifically in state government budgeting.
    • Five (5) years of experience in a budget, finance, or accounting.
    • Experience with communicating with staff of the Legislature and the office of Financial Management (OFM) or similar entities in other jurisdictions.
    • Competence with WSDOT-specific financial systems.

    How to Apply: Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please go to Budget Manager (WMS Band 2) and select the large "apply" button at the top of the announcement. You may need to set up an account profile. To be considered for this position you will need to answer the supplemental questions, as part of the supplemental questions you will need to provide a letter of interest. Your letter of interest should describe how your experience, training and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.

    Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Eirik Landes at  Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-HQ-0W102

    WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed recruiter. WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit   

    Eirik Landes
    HR Consultant
    Washington State Department of Transportation
    Olympia WA

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