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Deputy Director Budget


Seattle, WA, USA


King County's Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget (PSB) is seeking an experienced leader to serve as the Deputy Director for the Budget team.  This position is one of four Deputy Directors in PSB.  The Budget Deputy leads a team of about 20 professionals who prepare the County's biennial budget, develop supplemental appropriations as needed, monitor the financial position of all County funds, evaluate the outcomes of County programs, and support business planning and other activities.  The Budget team also works closely with the other three teams in the Office: Performance & Strategy, Continuous Improvement, and Regional Planning.  The position requires strong leadership and communications skills, knowledge of budget processes and issues, a commitment to advancing equity and social justice in County policy and budgeting, experience with management and business planning, and the ability to work with all types of people inside and outside of County government.


The Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget is a component of the Executive department of King County government.  It serves as a critical resource to the County's departments and agencies in developing and implementing budgets, strategic plans, business plans, financial plans, visual management tools, continuous improvement processes, and performance metrics.  It is responsible for regional planning and implementation of Lean process improvement.  PSB is committed to becoming an inclusive, collegial, and open organization that models the County's values.  PSB employees enjoy a flexible workplace, a lunchroom that often features home-cooked snacks, and frequent opportunities for collaboration and celebration.  For additional information please visit our website:


As the only county in the United States named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with residents who represent countries from around the world.  It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures.  King County is changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
The County continues to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement.  King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income.  All of these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.

King County provides a generous employee benefits package, including comprehensive health benefits, paid parental leave, and time to volunteer.  For details, see:

Please note: PSB values diverse perspectives and life experiences.  We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.


Job Duties

SCOPE OF JOB DUTIES: The successful candidate, at a minimum, will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to lead a high-performing team of staff and managers.  Leadership ability is the single most important qualification for this position.  The selected candidate will be expected to support a culture of learning and growth and uphold the PSB Leadership Expectations (available upon request).
  • Provide budgeting knowledge and experience to improve the County's budgets, financial plans, and outcomes.
  • Be able to work effectively with the County Executive, Executive Office staff, PSB staff, directors and staff of County agencies, County Council staff, and external parties to develop budgets and related plans.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equity and social justice, including leading efforts to further implement these priorities in the County's budget.
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Have experience with business planning and organizational improvement.
  • Be able to work effectively with the PSB Director to coordinate responsibilities for various aspects of the County's budget and financial monitoring processes.
  • Work effectively with the other Deputy Directors to increase collaboration across the Office.


Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • A master's degree in public policy/administration, finance, economics, business, or a related field, or a bachelor's degree and longer work experience.
  • At least five years of experience with budgeting and/or finance.

SELECTION PROCESS:  Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness, and qualifications.  Competitive candidates will be invited for interviews, which are tentatively scheduled for the week of February 25.  The interview process will include review of writing samples and an exercise to test the candidate's ability to develop a response to a policy issue in a short period of time.  Reference checks will be conducted for final candidates.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Valid Driver's License or the ability to travel throughout King County in timely manner.  


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