Chief Financial Officer

Washington County, OR | Full-time

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The Opportunity

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will collaborate with the County Administrator in establishing the strategic direction, mission and operations of Washington County. The CFO applies critical thinking skills and financial acumen to the long-term goals of the County. This position takes ownership of the long-term financial health of the organization and will exercise and apply professional judgment to complex, multi-disciplinary and sensitive issues.

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for establishing the strategic direction and management of the activities and staff in the Department of Finance. The CFO leads a team of approximately twenty-eight employees and five direct reports, including a Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Procurement Manager, Print and Mail Services Manager and financial analysts.

This position oversees the annual countywide $1.4 billion budget process and is responsible for developing equitable, outcome-based recommendations to the County Administrator and contributes to the production of budget and financial reports. The CFO leads the planning and execution of the County’s comprehensive financial plan and financial strategies and provides expert advice and counsel to Washington County departments and the County Administrative Office.

The CFO plays a critical role in creating a workplace that promotes and implements the organizational values of workplace equity, diversity and inclusion and actively promotes an environment respectful of living and working in a multi-cultural society. This position has the privilege to serve as a member of the Executive Leadership team, responsible for shaping and realizing the County's vision, mission and goals as established by the Board of County Commissioners.

Washington County operates under the council-manager form of government per Charter and the Board of County Commissioners appoints the County Administrator. Through the Design the Future initiative and under the direction of the County Administrator, the CFO will strategically collaborate with the County Administrator, Assistant County Administrators and fellow Chief Officers to build a leading-edge, mission-focused organization that can better serve the community now and in the years ahead. The CFO will collaborate with the Executive Leadership Team to build a human-centered organization that integrates equity into decision-making and supports the health, effectiveness, creativity and talent of all County employees.

The Priorities

  • Restructure and redefine the systems and delivery of financial services for Washington County’s $1.4 billion budget. Support financial decisions that directly impact services and support while centering the needs of the County’s diverse community.
  • Assess the Finance Department systems, structure, and processes, including the development of a strategy to replace the enterprise resource management system.
  • Modernize the County’s budget process, including the development of a strategy to evolve the budget team into a budget and performance team. Be purposeful in centering community needs, outcome measures and building equity into the process and outcomes.
  • Collaborate to support ongoing pandemic relief and the community’s future abilities to thrive, particularly those communities and individuals most impacted by COVID-19. Focus on the community’s growth and assist County Administration in delivering prioritized and optimized services for equity and individual stability.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to civil rights, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) as a key organizational value. Support the County’s ongoing EDI initiative to deliver equitable outcomes throughout the County’s programs, budgets, decision-making and service delivery.
  • Actively embrace and support the Design the Future initiative through each phase of implementation. Contribute to creating an organizational identity that promotes effectiveness, creativity and better support for employees and centers equity within the organization in service to the entire Washington County community.
  • In support of One Washington County and through the Design the Future initiative, strategically engage in the visioning process within the organization to complement the Board-initiated process for developing a new community strategic plan.

The Successful Candidate

Washington County seeks an experienced executive leader who is strategic and forward-thinking with a genuine and demonstrable passion for equity, diversity and inclusion and purposefully centers community need in the budget process. The Chief Financial Officer is innovative and futuristic in their approach to financial structures and brings their own set of diverse experiences that add value and perspective while complementing and supporting a highly effective and engaged Executive Leadership Team. With an entrepreneurial approach to financial management and local government, it is essential for the CFO to focus long term and consider where the County needs to be in 30 years, not just in the short term. The successful candidate embraces change and transformation in support of a shared vision.

Through highly effective leadership skills, the CFO successfully manages and empowers others in a complex, changing environment. The ideal candidate identifies trends and problems hindering progress and develops and implements best practices to drive necessary change. The successful candidate appreciates lean management, uses data and analytics to inform decisions and leverages technology and innovation in support of efficient operations. With prior experience developing and administering modern, complex budgets and long-term financial strategies in support of financial sustainability, the successful candidate demonstrates advanced emotional intelligence and an adaptive approach to leadership and change management. It is imperative for the successful candidate to engage in multi-disciplinary thinking and effectively collaborate to remove barriers to public sector services. The CFO easily navigates conversations on a variety of topic areas and develops communication strategies that are effective in keeping the community engaged in the financial decisions that impact their lives.

With proven emotional intelligence, the CFO values diversity of thought, willingly engages in difficult conversations and serves as a catalyst for broad countywide discussions. Known as a natural convener and collaborator, the successful candidate recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels and actively supports the One Washington County philosophy. Balancing and respecting a variety of views and facilitating conflict resolution during the decision-making process while moving forward is essential. The CFO is an active supporter of high-performing organizations, encourages cross-departmental collaboration and effortlessly partners with the County Administrator to provide sound advice and guidance in support of broader organizational alignment.

With a human-centered approach, the CFO builds trust, leads and empowers staff and promotes a culture that embraces change for the better. As a genuine and authentic leader, the successful candidate is approachable and actively nurtures an open and welcoming environment that continues to advance the County’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. The ideal candidate is an effective communicator, believes in transparent communication and actively keeps others well informed. The CFO maintains effective working relationships and works to build a more responsive, equitable and strategically collaborative organization.

Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, finance, accounting or closely related field and six (6) or more years relevant experience, including responsibility for financial management, budget development and management, financial forecasting or accounting. At least three (3) years of experience must include supervision of professional-level staff. Experience with advancing equity initiatives in budget and finance, measuring equity outcomes and direct experience engaging diverse community stakeholders is essential. Multi-cultural experience and bilingual skills are highly desired.

A master’s degree in accounting, business administration, public administration, finance or a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation is preferred. International City/County Management Association Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM) designation or other leadership certification is ideal.

Inside Washington County

Washington County is a home-rule municipality that operates under the council-manager form of government. The five non-partisan elected Commissioners appoint a County Administrator to serve as the Chief Executive of the organization. The Chair of the Board of County Commissioners is elected at large, while the four other Commissioners are elected from districts. All Commissioners are elected to serve four-year terms. The County’s Executive Leadership Team is comprised of the County Administrator, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Public Affairs & Communications Officer and four Assistant County Administrators.

Through a dedicated workforce of over 2,300 FTEs, County services are provided through a number of departments, divisions and offices: Administrative Office Operations, Assessment & Taxation, Community Corrections, Community Development, Cooperative Library Services, Economic Development, Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement, Facilities & Park Services, Finance, Government Relations, Health & Human Services, Housing Services, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Juvenile Services, Land Use & Transportation, Law Library, Public Affairs & Communications, Sustainability, Watermaster and Westside Commons. There are two liaison positions that support the offices of County Counsel & Auditor and the offices of the Sheriff, District Attorney & the Courts. The County’s All Funds Budget for FY 2021-2022 is $1.4 Billion, of which $333.9 Million is the General Fund Budget and $258.6 Million is the Capital Budget. The remainder is part of various special funds for specifically designated purposes.

The County works cooperatively with the sixteen cities that are wholly or partially within the County’s boundaries, five fire districts, plus Clean Water Services and other service districts to serve the County’s shared residential, business and institutional constituents. The County provides classic county services in the rural areas, including zoning and public safety/sheriff patrols. The rural acreage of Washington County far exceeds the size of the urban area of the County, which includes cities and urban unincorporated suburban neighborhoods.

Through the Design the Future initiative and with a focus on One Washington County, the County continues to focus on building a more responsive, equitable and strategically collaborative organization and recognizes the need for a well-trained, well-resourced, diverse and inclusive workforce that can function across disciplines and organizational structures.

The Finance Department

Formerly a division of a Support Services Department, the Finance Department became a standalone department with the implementation of the Design the Future initiative. The purpose of the reorganization was to elevate the Finance Department and the finance functions to a strategic place in a modern organization. The Finance Department manages the accounting system and financial records of Washington County. The Department includes the divisions of Operations (accounts payable, payroll, accounts receivable and cash receipting), Treasury, Budget and Management Accounting.

The Community

The area currently known as Washington County, Oregon, rests on land that was first inhabited by the Atfalati Kalapuyans, also called the Tualatin people, who flourished here for thousands of years. White settlers began arriving in what would become Washington County in the 1830s. Washington County is now among the most culturally diverse counties in the State of Oregon.

Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, immigrants and refugees and other people of color have rich histories and present-day experiences that encompass living, working, recreating and establishing businesses and faith communities in Washington County. In 2020, the Washington County Board of Commissioners publicly committed to creating an inclusive community that celebrates diversity and ensures all residents have equitable opportunities to lead healthy, peaceful, safe and sustainable lives.

Washington County is Oregon’s second-largest county with a population of 600,372. Residents have the unique privilege of engrossing themselves in some of the nation’s finest cultural amenities without forgoing access to picturesque natural landscapes. A beacon of originality, the Portland metropolitan area is home to one of the nation’s most vibrant music scenes, internationally famous street food, an iconic microbrew culture and a full calendar of events that is sure to provide year-round entertainment. Nicknamed the Silicon Forest, Washington County boasts Intel’s largest research and development location and share of employees and is the headquarters of Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Reser’s Fine Foods and Leupold & Stevens.

Most of Washington County lies within the Tualatin Valley, formed by the Tualatin Mountains to the East and North, the Chehalem Mountains to the South and the Northern Oregon Coast Range to the West and North. The County seat and largest city is Hillsboro, which is widely known for its concentration of high-tech companies and its minor-league baseball team – the Hillsboro Hops. Beaverton is the County’s second-largest city and with a population just shy of 100,000, it consistently ranks among the nation’s best places to live.

Rural lands and forested areas surround the entire urban area of the County. Three small, rural cities on the outskirts of the County’s urban center account for approximately 1% of the population. While 56% of the County resides within the ten Metro area cities, another 35% live in urban unincorporated suburban neighborhoods. Just under 30,000 residents live in Washington County’s large, rural areas of farm and forest land. The County’s vibrant agricultural economy is sustained through the growing of berries, grapes and grains.

From hiking through lush forests and nature parks to enjoying the serenity of a day at the lake, outdoor adventure is never far away in Washington County. The Tualatin Valley’s pristine rural wetlands and nature preserves are a haven for bird and wildlife-watching enthusiasts. The Northern and Western portions of the county are forested and sparsely populated but offer miles of trails and bike paths. Washington County enjoys the temperate year-round climate found throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for the Chief Financial Officer is $156,442 – $199,663 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidates. Benefits offered to all employees include the following:

  • Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance
  • Enrollment in the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System
  • Vacation, administrative, holiday and sick leave
  • Washington County Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Free annual TriMet light rail/bus pass

How to Apply

Washington County values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives and life experiences. The organization embraces innovation, collaboration and work-life harmony, offering job stability and an opportunity to serve and support the growing, diverse community. Washington County is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and an inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Applications will be accepted electronically. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on November 29, 2021.

Please direct questions to Heather Gantz at hgantz@raftelis.com or 503-860-1111.

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