Accountant

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Accounting
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Posted on November 14, 2020
Summary

During this time where Department of Public Health - Seattle & King County is in the center of COVID response engagement, the best fit accountant for this position will be proficient and able to quickly learn and provide the necessary support to the Accounts Payable and General ledger unit. The job requires performing a variety of accounts payable and general ledger accounting functions. These may include but not limited to maintaining ledgers, preparing and posting various entries to the general ledger, preparing reconciliations for various general ledger accounts, reviewing initial entries, processing several accounting entries, providing information for the budgeting process, preparing year-end accruals and interacting with customers and vendors to resolve and provide technical support. The position may also have an oversight and coordination role over P-card purchases, gift cards, fixed assets as well as small funds. This short term position requires ability to quickly learn several computer programs and government accounting practices mostly in a virtual setting.

This position will last for 6 months, with a possiblity of extension.
 
 Who May Apply: This Term-Limited Temporary position is open to the general public. If you are an Career Service King County employee and would like to take this position as a special duty assignment, you must have approval from your current supervisor.
 
 Work Location: Downtown Seattle, Chinook Building, 401 5th Avenue, Suite 1200, Seattle, WA, 98104.
 
 Work Schedule: The normal work week is Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. Remote working may be an option. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.

Job Duties

GENERAL LEDGER

  • Performs monthly balance sheet accounts reconciliation
  • Understanding of modified accrual basis and year end accruals
  • Perform and understand reconciliation between several side systems
  • Create adjusting journal entries as needed Prepare multiple accounting entries to move charges onto correct grants or County-funded projects in accordance with County policy. 
  • Assist and provide guidance to the sub recipient monitoring team on evaluating the financial data submitted by community partners being funded by the grants. 
  • Provide ongoing support to program staff by reconciling ledgers, identifying allowable and unallowable charges in the County's financial system for various grants and preparing financial reports for program staff. 
  • Petty cash handling, filling and general support
  • Ensure reversal of all accruals in the new year
  • Analyze and Summarize various reports from KC Accounting software
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE
  • Provide support in management P-cards and Gift cards
  • Follow up and ensure closing of open PO’s
  • Process travel expense reimbursement 
  • Review invoices and initiate payments of invoices in oracle EBS
  • Performs other financial duties and special projects as assigned.
  • Coordinate and oversee P-card transactions
  • Work with vendors and program staff to address discrepancies on invoices and statements
SYSTEMS – preferred computer knowledge
  • Oracle EBS or other ERPs
  • People soft
  • Microsoft excel – intermediate level
  • Business intelligence tools
  • Microsoft 360 – SharePoint, Teams and others

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Ability to understand and take part in the life cycle of accounting transactions
  • Demonstrated capacity of reporting and analyzing financial information
  • Strong skills in reconciling complex accounts and understanding of how to rectify discrepancies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of governmental laws and regulations, such as 2CFR200 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in governmental accounting; 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in applying various financial and accounting principles, practices and methods; 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and the ability to apply federal, state, and local legislative guidelines; 
  • Demonstrated skill in utilizing computerized, manual, and automated financial management systems; 
  • Skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing; 
  • Skill in maintaining effective working relationships and working with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds; 
  • Demonstrated skill in creating complex computerized spreadsheets and word processing documents; 
  • Demonstrated skill in evaluating and recommending internal controls; 
  • Skill in adjusting to changing priorities and handling multiple tasks simultaneously with attention to detail; 
  • Skill in exercising sound professional judgments in maintaining confidentiality, releasing information and forecasting consequences of decisions made and recommendations offered.

 OR: 
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Bachelor degree in accounting, business administration preferred; 
  • Advanced aptitude with Microsoft Excel including pivot tables, VLOOKUPs and macro creation;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting structure, policies and operating programs of the county

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.


Application requirements:

  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Resume
  • Completion of supplemental questions

Supplemental Information:
Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.

Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.
Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.

Due to the nature of the COVID pandemic, it may be necessary to change specific job duties or working hours.

If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.

The successful candidate will be required to pass through a background check.

Contact: If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Erika Yanak, Human Resource Analyst, at erika.yanak@kingcounty.gov

Union Affiliation: This position is not represented.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
 
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
 
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant And Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
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Do you have experience with governmental accounting?
  • Yes
  • No

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