Friday, January 30, 2015

Fiscal Analyst 4 - Dept. of Commerce (Olympia, WA)

State of Washington
Dept. of Commerce

invites applications for the position of:
Fiscal Analyst 4
SALARY:$42,588.00 - $57,240.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 01/05/15
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

Warning: This job is for self-motivated, self-starters only!
The Department of Commerce distributes funding through more than 6,000 grants, loans, or contracts each year, administering more than 100 distinct business, local government or community enhancement programs. The catch is that we do this with approximately 315 employees!
This position is one of three people in the central accounting office that processes all of the grant, loan, and contract payments for the agency. Do you have the accounting background we’re looking for? Are you someone that gets satisfaction out of knowing their work positively impacts businesses, communities and local governments? This may be the perfect fit. If you read through the candidate profile below and are still interested, we encourage you to apply today!
Ideal Candidate Profile:
·         Bachelor’s degree which includes at least 18 quarter or 12 semester hours of accounting, auditing or budgeting. Professional experience may substitute for the degree but not for the credit hours.
·         Three years of professional accounting experience.
·         A self-starter mentality: someone who doesn’t wait to be assigned work.
·         Someone who has worked with computer systems. Our agency uses an internal contract management system that works with our state system. Understanding and efficiently utilizing computer systems is important to our work.
·         A process-improver. We want someone who, as they do their work, is continually thinking of better ways to do things. Someone who’s not afraid to question the norm and recommend changes, but not just for the sake of change. We also want the type of person whose proposed changes have a foundation of research and understanding of why the current process exists.
·         A desire to learn new things. We have the belief that no one knows it all and want someone who is open to learning and trying new ways to do things.
·         A people person. This position doesn’t just process payments. In each contract, grant, or loan they are assigned, they need to create a relationship with the program staff, budget coordinator, and on occasion, upper management to make sure people feel comfortable proactively coming to them with questions or concerns.
How will we know if this is you?  We recognize a paper application is difficult to see some of these skills. With that in mind, please provide concrete examples in your letter of interest and supplemental responses for how you meet the ideal candidate profile.
Who we are:
At Commerce, we’re a little different. We commit to meeting our customer’s timeframes but balance that with more than 60% of our staff who telework or have a flexible schedule. Our parking is free but many of our employees bike year round and we have bikes available for employee use. We offer commuting program incentives for carpools, vanpools and bus riders to attract talent from all places and reduce greenhouse gas emissions when possible. We know that a diverse workforce is good for business, our customers and group problem solving, and are committed to fostering a diverse, culturally competent staff.
Not from Olympia?
As the state’s capitol, 
Olympia is located off Interstate 5 at the bottom of the Puget Sound roughly half-way between Seattle and Portland, and less than a two hour drive to the coast, temperate rainforest, mountains, urban city, or farmlands. With year-round art festivals, parades, theatre shows, concerts, and community events, Olympia and its surrounding cities have something for everyone. For parents, it boasts some of the best schools in the nation and renowned Hands on Children’s Museum. Home to two universities (The Evergreen State College and Saint Martin’s University), Olympia residents also have the opportunity to pursue a degree while working!
I want to work for Commerce! How do I apply?
Click the green “Apply” button near the top of this announcement to get started. Include the following attachments with your completed application:
  1. A letter of interest with a detailed description of your experience as it pertains to the qualifications listed;
  2. A current resume;
  3. A list of at least three professional references.
The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and application materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. First review of applications will begin January 19, 2015. The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time during the announcement period.
The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time during the announcement period.
For questions about this recruitment, please contact Jan Shelstad at 360-725-2724 or
The Washington State Department of Commerce complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal Form I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment.
The Washington State Department of Commerce 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 Human Resources at (360) 725-2650. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.


Fiscal Analyst 4 Supplemental Questionnaire
*1.Give an example of a time you implemented a process improvement in your position. Explain the type of work, the scope of the process improvement, any hurdles you needed to overcome and what the final result was.

*2.Knowing what you know about the job and our agency, what would be the first things you would do in your first week on the job?

*3.What computer system(s) have you worked in? Please describe the process and how you utilized the system(s).

*4.This application requires to attach a letter of interest and resume. Have you attached these two items? If not, please go back and attach them.
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* Required Question