HR & Finance Applications Supervisor

City of Seattle, WA
November 17, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description

The Seattle Information Technology Department (ITD) Applications Division is looking for an HR and Finance Supervisor to provide guidance and technical leadership to a team (6 to 8 staff) of Developers and Business Systems Analysts that support custom-built software applications, third-party vendor products, and data integrations between platforms.

As a city, Seattle is known as a dynamic leader in technology, innovation, and the environment. As an employer, the City of Seattle is leading local government in environmental stewardship and social justice among other things, making our city what it is today and shaping our exciting future. The organization's workforce plays a meaningful role in making this possible.

Seattle Information Technology (IT) is a trusted partner that provides secure, reliable, and compliant technologies enabling the City of Seattle to deliver equitable and responsive services to the residents of Seattle. This purpose statement is a simple declaration of who we are and why we do our work. It is intended to be a guide that helps us to not lose sight of why we perform everyday tasks or to invest effort to tackle difficult problems. It emphasizes that our existence as a department is to support our City partners. It reminds us that we are part of a larger organization that collectively is working towards improving the lives of the residents of our city. The 600+ strong professionals in Seattle IT are involved in the full spectrum of a modern IT enterprise offering many dynamic career opportunities. We hope you'll join us!

Job Responsibilities

The HR & Finance Applications Supervisor leads a technical team to implement changes and provide support to users; analyzes system issues to identify root causes, to propose solutions, and to assist with implementation of changes; creates and updates software specifications; serves as a lead role in establishing the server environment for applications hosted in the cloud; leads projects for small to medium efforts; directs and defines project scope, statement of work, communications plans, goals, and deliverables; manages the Request for Proposals (RFPs) processes; drafts and submits project budget proposals; manages (smaller) project budgets; negotiates with vendors; and leads the modernization of legacy applications for the HR and Finance Applications teams.

This position partners with other City departments to find opportunities for system improvements: assessing work requests, investigating and documenting business requirements, determining configuration and design solutions. It will help see changes through to successful implementations and troubleshoot issues in a production environment. For certain high-profile applications with significant cost impacts, this position oversees developers for accuracy and performance.

  • Supervise 6-8 software developers on the HR & Finance Applications team, including 1:1 check-ins to support ongoing work efforts. Collaborate with peers to maintain the applications and environment at its highest level of readiness.
  • Organize overall delivery of software development enhancements, fixes and other maintenance activities in a project leader type role for smaller more concrete deliverables.
  • Seek to understand business and IT needs and help design a software development strategy that works towards implementing new software in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Guide team resources and vendors to align with overall program-level strategy, plan, timelines, and deliverables.
  • Improve current operations and procedures based on best practices, coach and mentor staff in specific roles that align with industry standards.
  • Work with the Operations teams to track and report progress, status and metrics.
  • Develop strong collaborator relationships at every level; work with subject matter experts across divisions to understand challenges, desired outcomes, and priority focus areas.
  • Use both qualitative customer insights, and quantitative customer data to inform decisions.
  • Identify, recommend, and document specific business and technological requirements and opportunities of the organization using tools such as software fit/gap analysis, functional specifications, preliminary and detailed business requirements, use cases, software requirements, and process and workflow diagrams.
  • Balance the development of new features, with the need to keep products simple, elegant and supportable.
  • Contribute to the development of budget proposals, scopes of work, planning for outsourcing, and vendor management for large or specialized features or products that are not specifically supported by the Seattle IT teams.
  • Craft and evolve strong working relationships with our vendor partners, and other internal ITD teams.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

Note: Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered for the required qualifications except where specifically noted.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Business Administration, or a closely related field, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.


  • Solid understanding of HR and Finance related applications and how they support various business needs.
  • Experience working effectively within a multi-cultural and or diverse workplace with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience creating strong working relationships with co-workers in business units, technology teams and across all levels of the organization.
  • Experience working in a Software Development Lifecycle (SDCLC) methodology (i.e. Agile, waterfall).
  • Demonstrable experience leading technical projects, writing technical documentation and software architecture.
  • Demonstrable experience with software modernization.
  • Experience collaborating with customers to understand and translate requirements into technical specifications.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience leading or supervising a technical team.
  • Significant experience working with various HR and finance related applications.

Additional Information

Salary Range:

  • The full salary range for this position is $51.89 - $77.84 per hour. The salary for this individual role has been identified as up to $70.00 per hour.

Why work at the City of Seattle ?

The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our views and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Application Process:

In addition to the required resume, we encourage you to include a cover letter with your application. We encourage you to use your cover letter to discuss why you want to do this work and how you meet the qualifications for the position. Your resume should summarize the talent, experience, knowledge, and skills you bring to this work. Apply online at

If you have any questions, please contact Jody Barlow at .

Workplace Environment (Telework Expectation): This position offers the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule. At this time, hybrid telework schedules have a minimum requirement of two days onsite per week. Individual schedules will be based on operational needs and agreement between the employee and their supervisor.

Background Check: This hiring process involves a background check of conviction and arrest records in compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

Who may apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values different viewpoints and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 11/21/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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