Accountant C

Accountant C
City of Vancouver
 Vancouver, Washington
Job Description

Job Summary

The purpose of this position is to perform independent and expert level technical accounting functions and analysis to produce complete and accurate financial statements in accordance with governmental generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); interpret and apply financial accounting standards and assist in the development of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for the City. Provide senior level accounting services and to internal and external customers and training and advice to less senior and less technical staff.

This is a full-time, regular, non-exempt position. The schedule for this position is M-F, 8am to 5pm

Job Details

Essential Functions:

  • Interpret and explain financial-related data to managers and non-financial staff. Serve as a resource for departments, when questions arise and process accounting requests. Interpret the principles of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Continuously examine and recommend improvements for any current processes this desk performs.
  • Prepare elements of the annual comprehensive financial report including fund financial statements, cash flows, budget to actual, notes, management discussion and analysis, interfund elimination, modified accrual to full accrual reconciliation, state required schedules, etc. as assigned.
  • Assist Accounting Manager in researching for, reviewing and submitting the Annual comprehensive Financial Report for the City and the City’s component units.
  • Perform fixed asset accounting, including expenditure analysis and invoice audit for eligible capitalization. Collaborate with departments' engineers/analysts on project set-up and closure. Prepare adjustments for retired, abandoned or impaired assets. Perform reconciliation between General Ledger and Fixed Asset system for projects; audit invoice transactions against closure memos. Capitalize contribution assets, land, and easements.
  • Work with supervisor to develop allocation plans and calculate true-ups by analyzing budgeted amounts to actuals. Gather, organize, and analyze data. Partner with departmental analysts and/or managers. Discuss and present cost plan to departments; maintain documents to justify the cost plans to the state auditors.
  • Review and analyze fund financial transactions that include identifying unusual fluctuations and ensuring reasonableness, accuracy and completeness.
  • Perform routine and complex reconciliation of accounts and subsidiary ledgers, verify and testing financial data and making corrections as needed.
  • Analyze prior year to current year actual and budgeted amounts; identify and research significant variances.
  • Review and approve journal transactions and inter-fund transfers received from city department analysts. Perform routine and complex reconciliation of general ledger account activity and balances from subsidiary ledgers and external systems; including the reconciliation of Hansen and Workday.
  • Respond to internal and external auditor requests, including generating reports, researching transactions and coordinating with other departments.
  • Periodically train and mentor lower level accounting staff, interns and contractors as needed.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Experience and Education

  • Four (4) years’ experience in accounting/finance, grant, and/or governmental accounting or related field.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree with major course work in finance, accounting, business administration, or a related field.

Computer Skills

  • Proficiency in an automated entity-wide financial system, preferably Workday.
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Required Licenses and/or Certifications

Ability to obtain Certified Public Accountant (CPA), CMA or equivalent, within 24 months of hire