Nonmajor Fund Accountant

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on June 13, 2022
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The King County's Finance and Business Operations Division, Financial Management Section, is seeking a Nonmajor Fund Accountant!  In this position, you will serve in a primary role in the development, compilation and issuance of the County’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and maintenance of the County’s chart-of-accounts.
Our ideal candidate will have a superior level of accounting and external financial reporting expertise, while being nimble, curious, and proactive. To be effective, you must be able to analyze, understand and transform the financial data from King County’s complex business processes and systems into valuable information for financial reporting and use by departmental staff and external readers of the financial statements. The most competitive candidates know that how a number was calculated is never enough, they also strive to understand why the number calculated is the correct number. You also value teamwork and collaboration in the workplace and excel at customer service.

Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:

  • Prepare financial statements for the public, including notes, required supplementary information and other disclosures consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for US governments (GAAP) for governmental, proprietary, and fiduciary funds. 
  • Review the work of others for conformance with GAAP, having the ability to identify errors, misstatements and inconsistent classification of balances across multiple funds and fund types.
  • Develop portions of the County’s financial statements, notes, and schedules in accordance with GAAP, requiring an expert level of accounting skill and subject to audit. Participate in ACFR development by reviewing sections outside of the position’s assigned funds or fund types. 
  • Prepare reports, analysis, work papers, and responses to inquiries (written and oral) from auditors and agency finance staff.
  • Research and interpret authoritative accounting guidance; communicate requirements and recommend changes to County and/or Agency policies and procedures as needed to assure compliance.
  • Prepare, review, and approve accounting activity including chart-of-account changes, journal entries, and accounting software configurations and setups.
  • Use LEAN tools and techniques to develop and complete process improvement projects. 

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Strong foundation in governmental accounting and financial reporting, as a financial statement preparer or auditor;
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for US Governments;
  • Technical savvy using automated financial management systems and financial reporting software, including adhoc reporting;
  • Attention to detail and critical thinking skills to support financial analysis and reporting of complex accounting information;
  • Teamwork, collaboration and communication skills that enable successful work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences at all levels of the organization;
  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively in teams with equal success;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, allowing you to handle multiple tasks, changing priorities and competing deadlines; are able to prioritize workload, work under pressure with tight deadlines and produce high quality work products;
  • Outstanding customer service;
  • Equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability to perform the work.

We would love it if you have:
  • Experience doing modified accrual accounting, and conversions of modified accrual fund statements to full accrual governmentwide statements under Statement No 34 of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure, Master’s Degree in Accounting or related field, or relevant certification (Certified Management Accountant, Certified Public Finance Officer, Certified Government Financial Manager, etc.);
  • Exceptional data analysis skills, whether using Microsoft tools (e.g. Excel, Access, Power BI), Oracle tools (e.g. Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Analytics Cloud), scripting languages (e.g. Structured Query Language (SQL), PL/SQL, Python), or other similar tools;
  • Working knowledge of LEAN concepts and techniques.

Other Position Information: 
This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore not overtime-eligible. Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. During most of the year work is hybrid in-office 3 days a week and remote 2 days with flexible schedules available. During financial statement preparation season, generally mid-February to mid-April annually work is 100% in-office, vacation is restricted and Saturday work is required. This position is represented by Teamsters Local 117.

Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. 
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop. When working remotely employees must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

The Application Process: 
A completed King County Application is required. The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified candidates. Applicants from this recruitment may be used to fill future opportunities in this job classification. We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum qualifications and why you are interested in this position.

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options. 

If you have any questions or concerns while applying, please contact:
Caitlyn Prouty, Recruiter

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

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 the 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 an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? 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? 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. Additionally, 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
I understand that I must reside in Washington State and within a reasonable distance to the King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
  • Yes
  • No
I understand that this position is hybrid in-office 3 days a week and remote 2 days and that during financial statement preparation season, generally mid-February to mid-April annually, work is 100% in-office, vacation is restricted and Saturday work is required.
  • Yes
  • No

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