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Budget and Finance Officer (Budget Analyst 4)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
March 26, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
$54,924.00 - $72,036.00 Annually

About Washington State Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment. We were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection.

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.
Our Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill a Budget and Finance Officer (Budget Analyst 4) position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building (HQ) in Lacey, WA.
The Budget and Finance Officer position is the budget expert coordinating directly with TCP's Financial Services Unit Manager to assist in managing TCP's operating budget, federal grants, and Ecology's cost recovery and Voluntary Cleanup Program financial management.

We are looking for applicants who have strong written and verbal communication skills, strong analytical skills and the ability to make decisions, are organized, accountable, have good problem, solving skills and are willing to learn.
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.
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Accidental spills of dangerous materials and past business practices have contaminated land and water throughout the state. The Toxics Cleanup Program works to remedy these situations, which range from cleaning up contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, to large, complex projects requiring engineering solutions. Our mission is to get and keep contaminants out of the environment.

The Budget & Finance Officer is an expert budget and financial management specialist with primary focus on the operating budget and providing assistance on the capital budget. The position will independently work with the program's regional section managers and cleanup project managers throughout the budget cycle to develop budgets, prepare expenditure plans, and monitor spending. The incumbent will also provide back up and assistance to staff responsible for the program's federal grants.

This position is also Ecology's cost recovery and Voluntary Cleanup Program financial management expert, placed in the Toxics Cleanup Program. The incumbent coordinates department-wide with other Ecology programs, the Central Budget Office, the Fiscal Office, the Office of the Attorney General, and Voluntary Cleanup Program customers.

Some of the key work activities of the Budget and Finance Officer position are:

  • Acts and participates as an expert budget specialist in program and agency budget and finance activities.

  • Participates in preparing program operating and capital budget proposals.

  • Independently completes fund manager responsibilities for statewide funds: Underground Storage Tank Account.

  • Prepares and presents complex expenditure forecasts, spending plans, and assists in developing detailed program financial allotments.

  • Prepares reports, completes analysis, and briefs Program Management Team on financial status and progress in executing program spending plans, and recommends adjustments as necessary.

  • Expertly uses statewide budget and financial management systems and Microsoft Office products.

  • Actively participates in program and agency activities for developing proposed legislation and rule making affecting toxics cleanup operations in the state.

  • Responds to legislative, the Governor's Office of Financial Management and agency requests for program specific information.

  • Prepares and reviews fiscal notes.

  • Independently coordinates all aspects of Toxics Cleanup Program federal grant management.

  • Leads the planning and management of the Toxics Cleanup Program chart of accounts.

  • Independently coordinates Ecology's cost recovery system and manages the Toxics Cleanup Program's cost recovery and Voluntary Cleanup Program financial management responsibilities. This requires senior level expertise to implement and recommend updates to cost recovery and Voluntary Cleanup Program policies, procedures and practices.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be April 8, 2019.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 7, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in business, public administration, accounting, economics, statistics or allied field AND five (5) years of professional experience in budget, finance, management, cost analysis, program analysis, accounting or related field.


One (1) year as a Budget Analyst 1, 2, or 3 (provided a degree as described above has been obtained).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience performing duties in a state agency in accounting or budget.

  • Knowledge of and experience working with automated statewide budget/allotment systems, financial reporting systems, and fiscal note system.

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel.

  • Knowledge of and experience working with federal grants.

  • Knowledge of and experience developing and maintaining a chart of accounts.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must possess and maintain a valid Driver's License in order to operate state vehicles.

Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s)Public Employees Retirement System (PERS),  Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.

  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

  • 3-5 Professional References.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Angie Wirkkala at:  Please do not contact Angie to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.