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Chelan County Budget Director

Department: Chelan County Human Resources
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: $ 7,155.50 - $ 7,888.95 / Monthly  PW27
Posted: November 21, 2022
Application Deadline: Position open until filled.

Job Location

Chelan County Human Resources 400 Douglas Street, #201 Wenatchee, WA 98801


Chelan County Commissioners' office seeks a Budget Director.

Salary is PW 27, steps 2-4 $7,155.50-$7,888.95. Longevity Steps 5-8, $8,283.39-$9,589.06. Full Benefit package including Medical, Dental, VEBA, Life insurance, Sick Leave and Vacation and WA State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). 



The Budget Director examines budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations, in accordance with the County Administrator’s proposed annual budget. This position is also responsible for developing and implementing county-wide financial policies as they relate to budget development; revising and monitoring the budget; managing the County’s capital budget; financial software management and grant management, and the preparation of County’s long-term budgetary and financial forecast.


  • Summarizes budgets and submits recommendations for the approval or disapproval of funds requests
  • Develops and implements policies and guidelines for the adoption and administration of County budget to ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws.
  • Facilitate a multi-department review of County financial policies each year.
  • Develops the County’s long-term budgetary and financial forecast by analyzing budget variances and economic trends
  • Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with County procedures and regulations
  • Provide advice and recommend strategies to uphold the County’s financial and budgetary integrity
  • Provide technical assistance with cost analysis, fiscal allocation, and budget preparation.
  • Compile and analyze accounting records and other data to determine the financial resources required to implement County wide programs and projects
  • Review operating budgets to analyze trends affecting budget needs of the County
  • Perform cost-benefit analyses to compare County’s operating programs, review financial requests, and explore alternative financing methods
  • Examine the County’s existing and future debt issuance and ongoing compliance requirements
  • Participate in budgetary and financial hearings with the Board of Commissioners regarding annual budget proposals and all supplemental appropriation requests.
  • Cultivate partnerships and work closely with other governmental and external agencies on grants allocation and inter-governmental agreements and reporting for the County
  • Develop and implement training programs across the County to ensure compliance and fiscal integrity
  • Analyze and recommend potential for development of a central services procurement program. Assist in development of that program if Board of County Commissioners approve this program.
  • Develop department-wide internal guidance on grant compliance procedures.
  • Liaison to financial employees and elected officials regarding county financial system software.
  • Other duties as assigned by the County Administrator.
  • Fill in for the County Administrator when needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, or Public Administration
  • 5+ years of experience managing complex budgets and budgeting processes
  • Effective communication skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and other financial management software programs, ability to meet deadlines, ability to lead, to plan and to take responsibility
  • Financial, managerial and negotiation skills are required for this position

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability and physical demands required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Ability to read, analyze and interpret employment literature, including legislature. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, collective bargaining agreements, grants and other governmental documents. Ability to effectively communicate complex or sensitive information and to respond to questions from elected officials, department heads, and employees.


Must have a strong understanding of budget preparation and finance. Ability to research and analyze budget data. Knowledge of accounting to budget, manage and balance a number of specific funds.


Practice practical problem solving and the flexibility to adapt and respond to changing and sometimes stressful situations. Ability to make difficult decisions, use good judgment, tact and diplomacy. 


A valid Washington State driver’s license is required. Registration as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Certified Government Accountant are preferred


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess distance, color and depth; Required to regularly communicate with others and exchange accurate information.
  • Able to operate a computer and other office productivity equipment; able to remain stationary at a computer or other equipment for extended periods of time and move around their assigned workspace.
  • The employee must be able to occasionally move up to 25 pounds, and ascend/descend a ladder or stairs as required; the noise level in the work environment is usually low.

Occasional day and night domestic travel may be required.

Additional Information

Position is open until filled - first review on 12/13/2022.  To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and completed Chelan County Application to: or mail to Human Resources, 400 Douglas Street, Suite 201, Wenatchee, WA 98801.

Human Resources Calendar

Upcoming events and schedules at the county!

  • 21
    Dec 2022
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Chelan County Civil Service Commission

    Posted by: Human Resources

    The Chelan County Civil Service Commission will be meeting on Dec. 21.

    Chelan County Commissioners Office, meeting room No. 1