• Full Time
  • Issaquah, WA
  • Applications have closed


Issaquah, WA (pop. 39,378) is searching for a seasoned Chief Financial Officer with excellent technical and communication skills, as well as strategic financial planning capabilities. Located in King County, 16 miles east of downtown Seattle, the City of Issaquah is surrounded by the foothills and stunning vistas of the Cascade Mountains. The area offers a multitude of outdoor adventures including hiking, paragliding, boating, fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, and golf. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional looking to make a difference. 

Established in 1892, Issaquah is a full-service, diverse, and vital community of 12.10 square miles. With top-rated schools and diverse businesses, which includes Costco’s world headquarters and corporate offices for Recreational Equipment Inc., (REI), Issaquah is known for its innovation and commitment to sustainability, equity and environmental stewardship. Although Issaquah has maintained its small-town feel, the City offers a full range of amenities including Swedish Issaquah Hospital, contemporary retail centers, a historic downtown, and a diverse array of restaurants and cafes. Named one of the Best Towns for Families by Family Circle, and one of the Best Towns by Outside, Issaquah is widely recognized as a community with a high quality of life.  

Issaquah operates as a non-charter code city under Washington state law with a Mayor-Council form of government. The operations budget totals $128.8 million, including $53.4 million for the General Fund and a capital plan of $20.6 million. Learn more online. The City has 252 employees and 6 bargaining units. The City currently provides a full range of services, including finance, police, arts and culture, clerk, communications, community planning and developmenteconomic development, human resources, human services, municipal court, parks and community services, public works, sustainability, and water/sewer/stormwater. Together with the City Administrator, the Mayor implements the policies and ordinances of the City Council. www.issaquahwa.gov.

The Chief Financial Officer plans, directs, reviews, and manages all financial functions, including financial reporting, budgeting, cash/investment management, utility billing, general accounting, and payroll outcomes. The incumbent assures efficient and effective utilization of Department funds, staff deployment, materials, facilities, and provides technical advice and internal customer services to the organization within broad policy direction established by the City Council and coordination received from the Mayor and City Administrator. The Chief Financial Officer supervises 14.25 professional, technical, and administrative support staff, including a Deputy Director.

The ideal person for this position will excel at translating technical finance information while employing strategic thinking in assisting other departments and policymakers. Strong accounting capabilities are available within the existing finance team, the new Chief Financial Officer will not need to focus on accounting yet will use finance and managerial knowledge to understand/communicate the big picture, delegate, and mentor staff.

The Department is operating well, with a focus on enhanced customer service, a continuation of this approach is desired. The ideal candidate will need to be able to prepare complex narrative and statistical reports, correspondence, and other documents to make Issaquah’s finances decipherable to other departments, the elected officials, and the public. The Chief Financial Officer will need to speak effectively, and analyze and evaluate the impacts of policies, projects, programs, and activities. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, or finance
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in financial-management or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the job
  • Fund accounting, municipal budget preparation and administration experience
  • Knowledge of accounting and auditing theory, principles and practices and their application to a wide variety of financial transactions, services, and problems
  • Principles and techniques of project management
  • Strong ethical standards 
  • Knowledge of systems and inequities as they relate to diversity and inclusion 
  • Bondable


All new hires to the City will be required as a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start date.  Exemptions will be considered for medical disabilities or seriously held religious beliefs that do not create an undue hardship to the City


  • A master’s degree in a related field
  • Ten (10) years of experience preferred
  • Long-term financial planning and financial management experience
  • State of Washington experience is desirable but not mandatory
  • Municipal experience working with elected officials in a strong Mayor-Council form of government is beneficial
  • CPA certification is a plus

Compensation & Benefits 

The annual salary range for this position is $146,180 – $198,409 per year, DOQ/E.  Issaquah has a strong collaborative work environment culture. Telework is encouraged (up to four days per week), so where a person lives within the state is not a factor in selection. The City offers a generous compensation and benefits package which includes 11 paid holidays, 2 additional floating holidays, 10 management leave days, vacation and sick leave, medical, dental and orthodontia insurance, an optional Flexible Spending Account, wellness and Employee Assistance Program, life and disability insurance, sick leave, bereavement leave, education incentive leave, education tuition reimbursement, education merit pay, deferred compensation options with City match, and retirement benefits though the Washington State Retirement System. The City is a member of the Social Security System.  Equity Statement and Job Description

Submit cover letter, resume, and five professional references by September 27, 2021.  Click on www.GovHRjobs.com to read Recruitment Brochure and to apply.  For questions, contact Ryan Cotton, Vice President, GovHR USA at rcotton@govhrusa.com or 847-380-3240 x 114.   Applicants will be screened through October 11th.  Interviews will be conducted the week of October 18th, with 2nd interviews being conducted the week of October 25th. Expected start date is mid to late November 2021. Applications are confidential until permission given.  Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer.

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Posted:August 27, 2021


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