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Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Metro Parks Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington
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Metro Parks Tacoma

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer



Metro Parks Tacoma has its roots in the City of Tacoma Charter of 1880. The city set up a committee of city council members in 1883 to oversee the city's parks. That committee became the Board of Park Commissioners in 1890, with members appointed by the mayor.


Tacoma was ready for action when the Washington State Legislature passed a law in 1907 allowing cities to form separate park districts. Less than a month after the governor signed the bill, residents voted to establish the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma as a separate municipal corporation with the ability to collect property taxes for support. Metro Parks Tacoma was incorporated April 6, 1907, with a five-member elected Board of Park Commissioners.


Metro Parks Tacoma is poised to continue to do great things for the Tacoma community. Property values are rising and the regional economy is slowly but steadily improving. Consumer confidence is high, and programs and attractions are experiencing excellent attendance and growth. Their stewardship of the recent $198 million voter-approved bond is resulting in leveraged dollars from other sources. It’s an exciting time for the district and Tacoma.


Metro Parks Tacoma Mission & Vision

Good parks, open space and program services contribute to economic development by fostering economic benefits and promoting tourism. Environmentally, they provide green infrastructure and help manage climate change. Socially, they revitalize communities, create safer neighborhoods, help children learn and grow, improve public and environmental health, and support smart growth. Culturally, open space and program services can nurture a sense of place in the community, and provide opportunities to engage the public of diverse backgrounds. 


Creating healthy opportunities to play, learn and grow.


Metro Parks Tacoma envisions a vibrant, active and engaged community.


These eight core values will guide future decisions, business and operations, and the manner in which MPT treats staff, customers and the community:











Great organizations focus on culture. Metro Parks Tacoma challenges employees to think about why they do what they do.  They celebrate those who focus on “community” at the heart of what makes them want to come to work each day and honor employees that value the importance of taking care of their colleagues. Their individual and collective response to that challenge will help us retain and attract the best talent, create synergy, and make everyone more successful. Our mission and culture attract a talented workforce. We are committed to being a "learning, doing & teaching” organization whose employees keep growing.





As a member of the Executive Management team, the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer reports to the Assistant Executive Director.  This position assumes a strategic role in the overall management of the District and has primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all budget, accounting, risk management, purchasing, organizational development and human resources related activities.  As well as evaluating our internal business systems recommending a LEAN process for better efficiencies.


In addition to job-specific technical expertise, success in this role requires mastery of executive skills and behavioral competencies that support the district’s overall performance and further its transformative impact on the communities and populations it serves. These executive skills and competencies include, but are not limited to:  succession planning, policy-making, performance measurement, organizational design, the ability to build collaborative external relationships and partnerships, the ability to bring a community focus and community-building approach to the delivery of technical work, the ability to effectively write, present and translate complex information to diverse external audiences, and the ability to use vision, innovation and planning to influence organizational outcomes.



Provide strategic direction and leadership vision for the finance, human resources and administrative functions.


Plan, organize and direct programs, projects and activities related to financial and business functions including payroll, purchasing, accounts payable and receivable, financial reporting, audits, general ledger, budget and debt management, cash control and investments; establish, develop and implement accounting systems and procedures to ensure adequate internal control and accurate and current reporting. 


Lead and advance the District’s Organizational Development & Design (OD) strategies and goals, including managing and developing OD/HR plans and processes, assessing OD needs of the District, and executing innovative programs and change management strategies that enable employees to achieve the District’s Strategic Plan priorities.


Lead the District’s design and implementation of innovative compensation and benefits plans and rewards programs that align with the District’s values, philosophy and goals and that recognize high performance.


Foster effective labor-management relations by serving as management liaison to union leaders, including acting as the primary contact for business agents and shop stewards, leading the labor negotiations team, and serving as a grievance resolution resource to managers and supervisors responding to labor management concerns. 


Advance employee relations methods that increase employee engagement and promote high morale, including responding to and effectively resolving employee conflicts, providing oversight for all employee investigations, complaints and claims, acting as a management resource for performance improvement and coaching.


Provide technical expertise, information and assistance to the Executive Director and Park Board regarding financial and human resources activities, transactions and policies; make recommendations as needed in the formulation and development of Metropolitan Park District policies.Provide executive management with advice on the financial and human resources implications of business activities.


Develop a comprehensive financial master plan and make strategic recommendations for use by Board and staff in decision-making in coordination with the Park District’s Mission Led Comprehensive Plan, Capital Improvement Plan and Strategic Plan. 


Recommend and establish departmental benchmarks and performance measurement objectives in accordance with the adopted comprehensive Strategic Plan for the District; evaluate financial feasibility of business plans district-wide. 


Develop and implement the biennial budget process, monitor and control the annual budget for the Park District; control and authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations and policies established by the Executive Director and the Board of Park Commissioners, recommend needed adjustments/amendments. 


Plan, organize and direct the District's Risk Management program and functions, including third party liability, workers compensation, safety programs, property and automobile insurance schedules, and serving as member delegate to the District’s insurance pool.


Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff through effective utilization of the Employee Performance Evaluation Program; interview and select employees and recommend transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions; plan, coordinate and arrange for appropriate employee training programs to provide for opportunity for advancement and to acquire necessary skills. 



Metro Parks is seeking a decisive, proactive, collaborative and innovative senior leader with an inclusive style and action orientation.  The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated ability to effectively articulate and implement strategic financial and HR plans.  Candidates should have a proven record of success as a senior financial leader in a large organization. Significant prior experience interpreting and implementing complicated policies and procedures, managing large budgets, auditing business systems for efficiencies, and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations is essential.



         Sound Fiscal Management: Knowledge of principles and practices of public sector accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards. Understanding of current and emerging federal and state laws, policies, regulations, methods and procedures with regard to governmental accounting, budgeting and purchasing principles, theories and concepts.


         Strategic, big-picture thinker with the ability to set up the District to be an employer of choice, responsive to the workforce demands of the future.


         Inspiring and Courageous Leadership:  Ability to inspire, persuade, engage, speak straight­forwardly about complex financial issues, make tough decisions and take difficult actions. Display balanced thinking that combines analysis, wisdom, experience and perspective.  Produce data-driven decisions that withstand the “test of time”.


         Creativity and Innovation:  Ability to generate new, innovative and visionary approaches to park districts that are effective and responsive.  Bring a perspective on emerging and leading trends and best practices.


        Build a Talented, Effective Team:  Hire, mentor, develop, retain, and manage a diverse staff. Assemble and reinforce a cohesive, dedicated, highly effective inter-disciplinary team. Ability to lead a team through change processes.


       Business and Management Acumen:  Ability to strategically manage human, financial and information resources. Streamline and remove processes that do not bring value. Measure success based on data and results.  Set high standards of performance, using accountability measures and benchmarks to track progress.


         Partnering: Build alliances and collaborate across boundaries to create strategic relationships. Inspire action without relying solely on authority.  Perceive the complexity of situations quickly.


         Values: High level of integrity, ethics, transparency and responsiveness.



The position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, business administration, public administration, human resources, or financial management or related field and five years of increasingly responsible leadership experience in all phases of public sector financial management, accounting, budgeting and investment. A CPA designation and experience directing a sizeable public sector budget and finance department is a plus.



The annual salary range for this position is $111K - $167K. The salary offered will depend on experience and qualifications. Metro Parks offers a generous benefit package including medical/dental, retirement, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave and optional deferred compensation.


Application Process

Persons interested in this position must submit a cover letter, salary history and a current resume.


If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call Marissa Karras at 360-956-1336. The position will remain open until filled; however the screening process will move quickly. Please submit your application materials as soon as possible but no later than April 28th, 2017 by visiting and clicking on “view open positions.”


Metro Parks is an equal opportunity employer, values workplace diversity and seeks to create an environment and culture that embraces employee differences. All qualified applicants are considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran status or any other legally protected status. We will provide assistance in the recruitment, application and selection process to applicants with disabilities who request such assistance.


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