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Director of Operations

Washington State Auditor's Office

Olympia, Washington
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Washington State Auditor

Director of Operations

About the State Auditor’s Office

The State Auditor's Office (SAO) is established in the state's Constitution as part of the executive branch of state government. Washington voters elect the State Auditor to four-year terms. As an agency led by an elected official, SAO has the independence to perform audits and investigations objectively. The audits are designed to comply with professional standards and to satisfy the requirements of federal, state and local laws.

Through law established by the Washington State Legislature and more recently by citizen initiative, the State Auditor has the statutory authority to audit every government in the state. The audits look at financial information and compliance with state, federal and local laws on the part of all local governments, including schools, and all state agencies, including institutions of higher education.

In addition, the State Auditor’s office: 

  • Performs special investigations of fraud and Whistleblower cases and referrals from the Citizen Hotline.
  • Conducts performance audits of state agencies and local governments.
  • Produces several annual reports addressing state, local and internal matters.
  • Provides training and technical assistance to government organizations and has an extensive program to coordinate audit efficiency and to ensure high-quality audits.

Our mission

The State Auditor's Office holds state and local governments accountable for the use of public resources.

Our vision

Government that works for citizens.

Our strategic goals

1.  Government that works better, costs less, and earns greater public trust.

2.  High audit quality and operational efficiency.

3.  Highly skilled, engaged and dedicated employees.


About the Position

The Director of Operations is a member of the Executive Team, reports to the Deputy State Auditor, and oversees 34 staff responsible for Information Technology, Human Resources and Financial Services.

The Director of Operations leads the agency’s administrative functions which include human resources, training, financial services, facilities, contracting and information technology. The position provides primary oversight to SAO’s non-audit and administrative functions which is critical to meeting the agency’s mission and goals. SAO has nearly 400 employees and a biennial budget of $84 million.


Essential Duties:

  • Oversees Information Services, Human Resources and Financial Services.
  • Serves as the agency Risk Manager.
  • Coordinates on-going work and reporting on the agency strategic and operations plans.
  • Manages the Continuous Improvement program agency-wide.
  • Serves as the executive sponsor of the Project Steering Committee to oversee and prioritize projects.
  • Represents SAO at state agency Deputy Director meetings.
  • Sponsors improvement projects with agency-wide or multi-team impact.
  • Reviews and monitors agency budget reports and financial activity.
  • Leads, mentors and coaches the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Information Officer and Continuous Improvement Coordinator.

The Ideal Candidate

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


Core Competencies

 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 SAO 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 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.


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 June 12th, 2017 by visiting and clicking on “view open positions.” The maximum salary for this job is $123K. The starting salary for this job may be less than the maximum amount. 

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce. We will provide assistance in the recruitment, application and selection process to applicants with disabilities who request such assistance.


Live and Work in a Great State

Washington State is a great place to work, play, and be a part of a community. Washington offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed. From the high- energy urban center of Seattle, one of the nation’s top-ranked cities, to the more relaxed pace of our rural communities, Washington’s distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature. As an employer, Washington State offers a total work/life package of pay, benefits, flexibility and workplace opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and out of life.

The position is located in Olympia, the Capital City of Washington State. Olympia is a vibrant city with a small-town feel conveniently situated between two major cities, Seattle and Portland. Mount Rainier and the rugged Cascade Mountains provide majestic scenery, while Washington’s Pacific Coast is just an hour’s drive to the west. Olympia enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system.





Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, business administration, public administration, human resources, financial management or related field and five years of increasingly responsible experience leading a professional staff. A Master’s degree is a plus. Experience with Washington State financial, personnel and technology systems is preferred.

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