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SENIOR ACCOUNTANT more...
Location:Seattle, WA
Company:Sound Transit
First posted:March 14, 2017 (last updated 30+ days ago)
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Job Title: SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Salary: Negotiable

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: 5th & Jackson, Seattle, Washington

 
General Purpose   Benefits   Supplemental Questions

 
Under limited direction and within broad framework of policies and procedures works independently, performing professional accounting activities for assigned major accounting functional area or significant accounting activity, such as General Ledger, Grants, Fixed Assets and Operational Accounting.  Interprets and applies accounting principles and practices, applicable laws, statutes, rules and ordinances, and departmental policies within assigned area. Working within a complex environment with a large number of reporting and compliance requirements, is required to: maintain accurate financial records, including related ledgers, subsidiary financial systems and reports; analyze and reconcile complex financial transactions; review and interpret agreements and contracts for appropriate accounting treatment; ; provide assistance and support to staff related to assigned functional area and activities; and, evaluate, recommend and implement improvements to existing and new systems.

 Essential Functions:

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

  • Controls, monitors and reviews accounts to ensure accuracy, proper documentation, and compliance with all pertinent procedures and regulations; reviews financial reports and statements; applies audit techniques and practices to ensure the integrity and accuracy of recorded information.
  • Records and adjusts accounts as necessary; prepares complex journal entries and records composite entries; monitors and adjusts to changing needs or report requirements within assigned areas; develops specialized or individualized reports.
  • Designs and develops a variety of queries, macros and complex spreadsheets from downloaded data.
  • Reviews federal, local or state reports and filings; researches, analyzes and uses independent judgment in solving complex and non-routine issues affecting assigned areas; researches and evaluates new or changed accounting principles and practices.
  • Provides professional consultation, analysis or performs specialized or general calculations of a complex nature for use in management and policy decisions and in support of various accounting functions;
  • Prepares specialized or highly complex reports, statements, analyses and interpretation utilizing advanced knowledge and proficiency in accounting practices, principles and interrelationships for both management and outside agencies/organizations.
  • Brings to the attention of management when accounting data indicates trends or situations requiring action to be taken beyond scope of responsibilities and may make recommendations;
  • Evaluates existing and new processes, procedures and operating policies in assigned areas; participates in development and implementation of new or revised accounting policies, systems and processes.
  • Conducts and assists departments with financial analysis; gathers data and facts in order to complete analysis; decides what technique should be implemented to achieve goals and communicates information to appropriate parties.
  • Update and monitor agency cost allocations. Work with Supervisor to ensure the accuracy and posting of these transactions on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis.
  • Coordinates other special projects/programs as requested; may serve on a various committees as assigned; attends and participates in professional group meetings;
  • Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in assigned field; maintains awareness of federal, state and local regulations and impact of changes on the Agency.
  • Leads activities and conducts training in assigned area and provides technical advice and counsel to lower level accountants or other Agency staff.

 Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:
Bachelors Degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field and four years of accounting experience ; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Some public accounting and/or experience in governmental accounting preferred.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
None

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Required Knowledge of:

  • Generally accepted accounting principles and practices including GAAP, GAS, FASB, and GASB.
  • Accounting processes, procedures and internal control design.
  • Automated enterprise-wide accounting systems and software, with complex data structures, for processing and reporting of financial transactions.
  • Critical thinking, and advanced problem solving skills.
  • Industry principles and practices of assigned area.
  • Routine and ad hoc report preparation and presentation, working with report parameters and developing queries and data extraction.
  • Principles and procedures of budget processes, financial record keeping, storage and document management.
  • Analytical review techniques over transactions, account balances, reconciliations and reports
  • Excel (Advanced level)
  • Mathematical principles
  • Pertinent local, state and federal laws, regulations and ordinances
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Customer service methods and techniques.

Required Skill in:

  • Operating automated financial management systems as well as word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Working with complex chart of account structures and subsidiary ledgers and preparing a variety of complex financial and administrative reports.
  • Understanding technical accounting and industry concepts and directions and performance of professional accounting functions.
  • Identifying and researching complex accounting issues/problems and make recommendations to resolve them.
  • Applying or interpreting agency policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Written and oral communication, including ability to summarize and document analysis, conclusions, policies and procedures in a concise and readable manner by others.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
  • Performing complicated mathematical calculations and analyses.
  • Applying strong communication, organization and time management skills. 
  • Planning and organizing work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Identifying and resolving general problems in a timely manner using sound judgment.
  • Responding to general inquiries using effective oral and written communication.
  • Leading the operations, programs, and services of accounting specialty area.

 Physical Demands/Work Environment:

  • Work is performed in a standard office environment.
  • Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather, physical harm, and extreme noise when working out of the office at bus yards, train yards, and other off site locations.

The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
  
It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.

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