Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) provides welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community, and promotes responsible stewardship of the land. We promote healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities. Our department deeply values diversity and inclusion and is committed to the advancement of the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI).
The Planning and Development Division (PDD) of Seattle Parks and Recreation acquires, plans, designs, and develops new park facilities, and makes improvements to existing park facilities to benefit the public. This effort includes providing engineering and other technical services to solve maintenance and operational problems. PDD also preserves open spaces through a combination of direct purchases, transfers, and consolidation of City-owned lands and resolution of property encroachment issues. Also in the division is the Seattle Conservation Corps providing training, counseling and employment to homeless and unemployed people with the goal that they acquire skills and experience leading to long-term employment and stability.
PDD is seeking a Strategic Advisor (SA2) to oversee the division's $12+ million operating budget and its impacts on the $92+ million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget. This requires using your financial management expertise and skills while working collaboratively with the management team as well as other divisions within SPR. You will also be the lead in PDD's human resources support as well as provide complex staff work on policy issues. The successful candidate will also be able to problem solve issues, identify performance measures, do research and analysis, and develop recommendations for the division.
This position is of an advisory nature and requires strong financial and analytical skills. This includes but is not limited to:
Regularly review and analyze division revenue and expenses using Excel-based reporting tools to create well-informed financial year-end forecasts. Develop division's annual operating budget using department's budget system software. Communicate fiscal issues and the need for course corrections to division managers and Finance Division.
Oversee and monitor the financial interface between the operating budget and CIP to ensure the division maintains financial balance necessary to support its operations.
Act as a primary resource for division management regarding administrative and human resources issues; participate in hiring, layoff or disciplinary processes.
Initiate, lead, and coordinate the analysis of existing business processes and identifying and implementing process and procedure efficiencies.
Support the director by facilitating decision-making during the budget and work planning process: collect data, provides policy, administrative and operational analyses and develops budget and policy recommendations for the PDD Director and senior management staff.
Serves as team leader and/or participant on special task forces and committees; including organizational teams related to finance, executive management, performance management, and RSJI.
Serve as liaison with other divisions, departments, outside agencies, and organizations, as needed.
Bachelor's degree in business, public administration, finance, economics or a related field (or a combination of education/training/experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
3 years' experience in budget management, financial analysis, policy development, planning, or related.
Experience using a budget software system and/or advanced level ability using Excel pivot tables, proficient in Microsoft Office suite. Expertise in financial analysis and reporting.
Experience with human resources and labor relations management, training and employee performance and development.
Ideal Candidate will also have:
4 years' experience with planning, preparing, implementing, and monitoring a large operating budget and experience working with a capital improvement program budget.
Experience in organizational development and analysis of process and procedure improvements and systems review
Ability to do workload planning, program administration, strategic planning, performance management
Ability to communicate with internal and external audiences as an authoritative representative of senior management on a variety of significant issues related to priority programs and services.
The ability to analyze and evaluate information for specific program areas and to interpret and apply department policies, procedures and regulations.
Experience developing recommendations on policy options and program direction.
Valid Washington State Driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.
Masters' Degree in business, public, or non-profit administration, Finance or a related field, or the equivalent of education/training/experience.
Superior customer service skills and the ability to work collaboratively and courteously within a multicultural workplace.
SPR's Core Competencies are:
Accountability & Action: Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, and delivering quality work. Demonstrating thoughtful initiative in actions and decision-making and promoting high quality standards.
Equity and Inclusion: Supporting the goals of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and the City's commitment to workforce equity.
Communication: Sharing and exchanging information and ideas with people in a variety of ways to help them understand and remember the information.
Service: An ongoing commitment to base decisions and actions on the needs and priorities of the City.
Teamwork: Leading as an engaged member of a team to build a cohesive team and facilitate the achievement of work group goals.
Internal Number: 2018-01560
About Seattle Parks & Recreation
The City Charter created the Department of Parks and Recreation in 1884. Seattle Parks and Recreation is responsible for 6,200 acres of parkland, 11.3 percent of the city’s total land area, and operates a park system that includes a zoo, an aquarium, a conservatory, 28 community centers, four teen life centers, four environmental education centers, a cultural arts center, eight indoor swimming pools, two outdoor swimming pools, nine swimming beaches, two small craft centers, 10 boat ramps, an outdoor camp, five golf courses, 150 tennis courts, 204 sports fields, and a variety of other facilities. Parks and Recreation provides a variety of services that include grounds and facilities maintenance, environmental education programs, swimming, golf and tennis lessons, various indoor and outdoor sports and athletic programs, a wide variety of recreational programs and classes, and specialized programs for seniors, persons with disabilities, at-risk youth, children, and teens.