Finance Analyst

Finance Analyst
Valley Communications Center Finance Department
 Kent, Washington
Job Description


The Finance Analyst performs a variety of advanced accounting and financial duties related to financial statements, budgets, fiscal and program analyses, research, audit, cash flow management, reconciliations, and journal entries.


  • Prepares the annual financial report, statements, and schedules in accordance with established deadlines, as well as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) requirements.
  • Prepares budget documents, revenues, and cost projections; trains and assists departments in budget preparation and use of financial systems, worksheets, and forms.
  • Prepares bank reconciliations; reconciles assigned accounts and system modules.
  • Performs fixed asset accounting; reconciles small & attractive assets; maintains equipment replacement schedules; and maintains property inventory and control.
  • Prepares, reviews, and verifies financial documents for accuracy and completion; assures transactions are charged to correct accounts in accordance with the Washington State Budgetary, Accounting and Reporting System (BARS).
  • Performs accounting analysis of costs, financial statements, budget worksheets, and other data; accumulates statistics, performs fiscal and program analyses, and makes appropriate recommendations to the Chief Financial Officer.
  • Maintains general ledgers and sub-ledgers; maintains chart of accounts; prepares journal entries and accruals; performs project costing.
  • Tracks purchasing agreements and contracts. Updates and enters all completed department contracts on tracking log.
  • Provides research, auditing, ad-hoc reporting, and financial and accounting processing support for the Chief Financial Officer.
  • Maintains integrity of financial software databases; assists in the development and installation of new systems and modifications to existing systems.
  • Performs related work, special projects or other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of general business, economic, and accounting theory.
  • Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations related to governmental and municipal accounting.
  • Knowledge of public sector procurement procedures, publics works, and prevailing wage requirements.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Skilled in communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in financial problem solving and follow through.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work successfully both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to act as an alternate in the absence of the Accounting Specialist.
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply the organization’s accounting, payroll, and financial software.
  • Ability to become familiar with, follow, and support the Center’s mission, vision, and guiding principles.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field.
  • Two (2) years of experience in finance, accounting, or bookkeeping.


  • Any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual’s knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed.


  • Experience in municipal accounting.


  • Washington State driver’s license


The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed in a typical office environment, which includes a technical workstation, a computer room with a controlled environment, as well as working with internal and external customers onsite. The noise level is usually moderate with frequent interruptions. Ability to travel, sometimes overnight by car or aircraft.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time; use dexterity of hands and fingers to operate computers, keyboards, handle or feel; and talk and hear. The employee is required to type on keyboard for extended periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk, reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift, carry, and or push up to 50 pounds. The employee is required to see, specifically to include up close, distance, color, and peripheral; depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.