Senior Accountant

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Tumwater Finance Department
Location of position: 
Tumwater, WA
$5,877 – $6,984 per month
Date Posted: 
Friday, May 31, 2019
Closing Date: 
Monday, June 24, 2019
Job Description: 

The City of Tumwater is looking for a Senior Accountant which is a new position on the Finance team that serves in a critical role to assist in maintaining the integrity of the City's financial and accounting records. Important duties include researching Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and rental rates, providing City budget support, reconciling general ledger accounts, and preparing elements of annual financial reports. The position is under general supervision, performs advanced professional level financial accounting and reporting tasks related to revenues, capital assets, grants, payroll, accounts payable, cash, investments and other general ledger balances. Incumbent will research a broad set of financial and accounting matters for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) compliance; assist in producing timely and accurate financial reconciliations and reports, both internal and external; assist in maintaining the integrity of the City's financial and accounting records; and perform other related duties as assigned.

This classification requires broad and extensive ability in the performance of complex accounting, research and reporting matters and the ability to demonstrate experience in those areas.

Supervision: Receives general direction and spot check supervision by superior. Supervision of employees in lower classification will be required.

Contacts: The Senior Accountant has daily contact with other City and staff for the purpose of information gathering and/or problem resolution. May be required to present financial analysis, reports, or issues to City leadership. Effective communication skills are necessary for success in the position.

Accountability: The Senior Accountant is accountable for the accuracy and professional integrity of his or her own work, adherence to external requirements, and sensible implementation of internal policies and procedures.

Essential Job Duties: Audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports:1.Reviews and reconciles significant accounts, such as grants receivable, taxes receivable, capital assets, pensions, and other post-employment benefits, and makes necessary adjustments to the General Ledger. 2.Prepares significant components of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports and schedules for SAO annual report filing. 3.Prepares or reviews financial reporting schedules for external auditors. 4.Prepares and provides necessary documentation or explanation of accounting records for audits by various agencies. 5.Assists with the annual State Auditor's audit of individual fund accounting records and financial statements.

General Duties: 1.Prepares technically complex financial, budget, and statistical reports, statements, and tax returns in accordance with City, state, and federal guidance and requirements. May include research of GASB standards and other related accounting literature and guidance. 2.Reviews, audits, and maintains a variety of systems and processes that record financial transactions. May include investments, outstanding debt, mitigation and impact fees, prevailing wage, business and occupation tax, custodial funds, and special revenue funds. 3.Prepares and presents financial management reports and projections to customer departments, City officials, and the general public. 4.Prepares or assists with the development of ad hoc financial reports or projects at the request of a supervisor or customer departments. 5.Ensures all financial transactions and reports are supported with adequate and professional working papers. 6.Implements new GASB pronouncements and regulations. 7.May assist with recording of capital assets when necessary; may perform services related to new payroll initiatives. 8.Performs or reviews accounting transactions and reconciliation of the City's capital assets; may include policy and procedure review. 9.Acts as accounting project manager on various City projects. 10.Performs internal audit tasks and provides training as needed in order to correct any deficiencies found. 11.Systematically reviews and recommends proper internal controls for accounting process. 12.Completes technically complex financial forecasts, research, and analysis. 13.Assists with developing equipment rental rates and information management services rates to aid with annual budget. 14.Reconciles accounts and adjusts irregularities. 15.May assist with budget development and publication. 16.Performs research as requested and makes recommendations to appropriate personnel. 17.Assists City departments with procurement questions for the purchase of goods and services. 18.Performs other related duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1.Extensive working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the Washington State Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System (BARS), and annual filing requirements with the State Auditor's Office (and other State and County agencies). 2.Methods and techniques of professional accounting. 3.Laws, rules and regulations related to accounting and budgeting in government operations. 4.Operational characteristics of computerized financial reporting programs. 5.Modern office practices, procedures and equipment including personal computers, related software such as word processing and spreadsheet programs (including Microsoft Office products such as Word and Excel). 6.Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary. 7.Collaborate and work in a team environment on projects to meet department and city goals. 8.Meet deadlines under time and other constraints. 9.Apply effective written and verbal communication skills. 10.Suggest improvements to workflows and processes. 11.Use computers, complex financial management databases and related software and/or systems and automated equipment to produce worksheets and reports. 12.Prepare financial reports, documents, memoranda, and other documents. 13.Maintain accurate financial and statistical records. 14.Provide technical expertise and information regarding accounting principles, practices and policies. 15.Perform financial analyses and research records as needed. 16.Organize and prioritize assignments to achieve maximum efficiency and to meet deadlines. 17.Work independently, make decisions and follow through on situations requiring evaluation and judgment. 18.Exercise sound and ethical judgment in the decision-making process. 19.Maintain confidentiality of information. 20.Work well under pressure. 21.Establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of work. 22.Work effectively with other City departments to meet City's financial mandates and requirements. 23.Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance. 24.Work overtime when necessary to achieve departmental goals and as authorized by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Accounting or a closely related field with a minimum of three (3) years of professional accounting experience, or any combination of experience, education, and training that would provide the professional level of knowledge and ability required.