Assistant Accountant (Banking & Revenue)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Accounting
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Posted on November 19, 2020

*This recruitment is open to current King County Employees only*
This recruitment is to fill a Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) position that is anticipated to end in June 2022.  If the TLT position is filled by a career service King County employee who has passed their initial King County probation, it will be as a Special Duty Assignment. 
The King County Treasury Section, Banking and Revenue Collections unit is seeking an energetic, data driven, analytical, results oriented Assistant Accountant who has strong interpersonal skills, a sharp eye for detail, and is eager to work toward team goals. In this role you will be able to be on the frontline of the new Property Tax System, analyzing current processes and designing how we can do things better. You will need to roll your sleeves up and dig into a legacy system to ensure that tax payments are posted correctly, and when they aren’t, figure out what went wrong and how to fix it! 
Our ideal candidate will stay calm under pressure handling a high volume of transactions while attentively listening and communicating clearly. We are looking for candidates who enjoy collaborating with team members, working in a partially remote environment, solving problems and learning new and challenging systems.
Our mission is to provide timely, efficient and accurate accounting, procurement, treasury, payroll, benefits and small business services. We are actively seeking employees whose behavior is in alignment with our division's core values of: Respect, Teamwork, Results and Innovation. 
 Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:
  • Research, analyze, and troubleshoot transactional errors in the Property Tax System.
  • Identify Incoming ACHs and Wires and post the necessary journal entries using Web ADI.
  • Collect, retrieve and tabulate financial information. Create computer spreadsheets to improve the gathering, reporting and logging of financial information.
  • Act as the property tax system posting and adjustment technical subject matter expert. This includes ensuring the funds collected (cash, checks, e-tax and e-lockbox) match with the tax file that will post to the individual parcels in the tax system.  Accurately enter account payment data, process and reconcile property tax payments. Perform daily and monthly property tax and cash balancing
  • Reconcile tax fund to the general ledger and cash accounts. Prepare, monitor and maintain statistics and data related to property taxes. 
  • Troubleshoot and resolve errors (NSF, chargeback, petition refund, overpayment and payments applied erroneously) that may require extensive research through various systems.  
  • Research, resolve and respond to customer issues including payment, billing and collection discrepancies; work with other departments in resolving customer issues and reconciling property tax accounts.
  • Create and maintain relevant procedures and processes.
  • Work independently and as a member of a team, cross train with others as directed.
  • Use LEAN tools and techniques to develop and complete process improvement projects.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Advanced level proficiency in Excel and intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.  Ability to use office productivity software and relational databases (The county uses Oracle EBS) in their daily work. 
  • Worked with high volume financial transactions, including analyzing, researching, reconciliation and solving customer issues while maintaining positive customer relationships.
  • Skill in analyzing and reconciling complex financial transactions with extreme attention to detail
  • Knowledge and understanding of banking, accounts receivable, accounts payable and property tax collection methods; ability to understand and apply applicable Washington State statutes, King County Code, and internal procedures.  
  • Experience entering and reviewing numerical data entry with speed, accuracy and high attention to detail while focusing on time sensitive deadlines. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and relate openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people. Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Think differently, eager to try new things and challenge yourself to improve processes.
  • Have proactive time management skills that allows for you to successfully complete tasks on time.
  • Ability to hold yourself and others accountable to meet commitments.
Are you ready to apply?
This opportunity is open to all current King County employees. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.
This recruitment is to fill a Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) position that is anticipated to end in June 2022.  If the TLT position is filled by a career service King County employee who has passed their initial King County probation, it will be as a Special Duty Assignment. 
The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a computer skills assessment, phone screen and interview.
Other Position Information: 
  • This position may be required to report to our downtown Seattle office from time to time
  • This position is overtime-eligible. Our employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; Monday through Friday typically 8:00 am to 5:00pm. 
  • This position is represented by a union.
  • A minimum of two weekends of work may be required during peak periods (April 15th – May 15th and October 15th – November 15th).  We have a vacation freeze during these peak periods.  
Temporary Telecommuting Requirement: 
The work associated with this position will be performed partially remote, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (requests for support may be considered) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.

If you have any questions or concerns while applying, please contact Liz Callahan, Recruiter, by e-mail at or by phone at 206-477-2369.

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.

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.

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.
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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