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Accountant At City of Issaquah

Location: Issaquah, Washington

Job Description

Summary

OVERVIEW:
This position is responsible for performing complex accounting tasks requiring a high degree of professional judgment in applying generally accepted accounting principles; conduct analyses of past and current accounting information; provide recommendations for corrective action and/or procedural improvements; provide technical assistance to other departments on accounting and related issues and performs other fiscal duties as assigned.

Essential Functions
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Accountable for reconciliation, preparation and maintenance of assigned portion of the accounting system. Enters data into the system, verifies accuracy, processes transactions, and reconciles journals to appropriate accounts (e.g. accounts, general ledgers, systems, registers, reports, etc.);
  • Performs monthly cash activities, which includes bank reconciliations of all City cash accounts and related activities;
  • Initiates capital assets transactions (additions/deletions/transfers) in the accounting system, reconciles capital asset balances between the subsidiary ledger to general ledger, overseas inventory processes to ensure complete and accurate balances;
  • Assists with report preparation and accounting system support activities, ensures accuracy and consistency between multiple sources (e.g. accounts, ledgers, reports, etc.);
  • Reviews a variety of source documents and financial records for accuracy, ensures process adheres to established policies, procedures and regulations and supports effective internal control;
  • Researches and resolves discrepancies in financial transactions, which may include collaborating with other stakeholders;
  • Processes, reconciles and remits payments;
  • Researches application and impact to work processes due to changes in state and federal regulations, contract agreements, or authoritative pronouncements (e.g. GASB);
• Ensures up-to-date and completeness of information within the financial system; generates reports as required;• Makes daily or periodic entries in appropriate journals, registers, ledgers, or other records, assuring accuracy and balancing;
  • Produces regular or special summaries, balances, or other reports as required when pertaining to area of assignment. Verifies complete summaries against source documents, which may involve statistical tabulations and calculations in accordance with established formulas and procedures;
  • Develops and maintains follow-up system on reports or actions required on a periodic basis.
  • Responds to a variety of departmental and public requests for information in person, by phone, or by mail relative to assigned function;
  • Assist in developing procedures and reporting formats to establish or improve specific accounting processes;
  • Sorts, classifies, and codes entries and transactions in accordance with established departmental procedures, BARS and verbal instructions; and
  • Other essential duties as assigned.
Qualifications
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration or related field emphasizing accounting/finance course work; and
  • Three years progressively responsible professional accounting work, preferably in the public sector; or
  • any combination of education, experience and training that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the position.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) and State Budgeting Accounting and Reporting System (BARS) in relation to accounting and processing financial transactions;
  • Ability to understand and interpret applicable Federal, State, City and departmental policies, procedures, regulations, agreements and laws;
  • Skill using internal and external financial systems;
  • Ability to process and analyze data utilizing computerized financial systems.
  • Knowledge of internal control concepts and processes;
  • Knowledge of cash management practices (e.g. banking services, electronic payment services, online reporting, cash needs forecasting, etc.);
  • Knowledge of capital asset management (e.g. asset additions/deletions, reconciliation, inventory, depreciation, etc.);
  • Ability to apply applicable accounting concepts and principles to process financial transactions;
  • Ability to independently prepare and reconcile accounts;
  • Ability to maintain financial records, including setting up accounting codes and preparing reports;
  • Skill in computing, verifying, compiling and analyzing financial data;
  • Knowledge of modern office practices;
  • Ability to work under pressure and/or continual interruptions, and to deal with a variety of deadlines of both an immediate and flexible nature;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with officials, staff, and general public.
  • Ability to understand complex written and oral instruction;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public and other employees, using tact, discretion and courtesy; and
  • Ability to formulate and design forms graphs and program spreadsheets.