Posting Date:  11/18/2021
Job Title:  Accountant III
Salary:  $66,843 – $88,304
Entity:  Lake Stevens Sewer District
Closing Date:  First Review December 2, 2021

Description:

DEFINITION
The Accounting Clerk III is a critical member of a team that provides for the accounting needs of the Lake Stevens Sewer District.

The Accounting Clerk III performs professional accounting work including the preparation of complex financial statements which require the application of established accounting principles, theories, concepts and practices.

The Accounting Clerk III will fill-in as Customer Service Representative on an as needed bases to assist the public with a variety of administrative situations regarding the policies, fees and operational procedures of the District.

The Accounting Clerk III is expected to perform on-going and special project activities as assigned by the General Manager.

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

JOB LOCATION AND EQUIPMENT UTILIZED
Work is performed in a typical office environment utilizing computers and other standard office equipment. Work is fast paced with frequent interruptions from phone calls and staff. Incumbent is frequently required to sit for extended periods of time while performing keyboard functions.
Occasional attendance at meetings, job fairs, training, etc. outside of normal business hours is required.

Primary Duties

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
• Maintains general and subsidiary automated and manual ledgers; monitors and verifies the preparation and
classification of accounting entries such as journal entries, invoices and account receivable billings; may sign
payment vouchers; reconciles records; researches, finds and corrects errors.
• Prepares financial statements and reports; compiles financial data; develops reports formats; prepares
statements and reports such as income statements and balance sheets.
• Makes studies of day-to-day accounting problems and recommends solutions; assists user departments by
answering accounting related questions.
• Develops working forms and tasks within general departmental policies and procedures.
• Brings exceptions to accounting principles and standards to the attention of the appropriate level of management.
• Individuals assigned to this classification are expected to be skilled in a wide range of clerical matters and to
perform independently in accordance with established and general policies and procedures requiring regular
interpretation.
• Work situations are both regular and varied and require thorough knowledge of the District’s function, policies and
practices. Individuals are expected to meet deadlines and effectively prioritize their time to the work sequence.
This position involves some public contact.
• Accounts Receivable; enter new projects, developer, annexation, and contract invoices into electronic filing,
calculate late fee billing, print and mail invoices, balance, process reports
• Accounts Payable; appropriately transfer money between accounts such as general account to Accounts Payable
account to cover vouchers. Process new vendor requests including verifying, maintaining, and remitting vendor
1099 Forms. Accurately record and update accounts payable to the general ledger. Petty cash reimbursements.
• Investments; maintain Investment Workbooks (records), process all purchase, withdraws and transfers for Board
meetings, update financial reporting for Board meetings. Track and record state pool and county pool interest.
• General Ledger; process monthly journal entries, balance sub systems to the general ledger, reconcile all cash
accounts, generate maintenance and operations reports and distribute to appropriate personnel for review
• Monthly Financial Reports; prepare the monthly financial reports for review by CPA, management and Board of
Commissioners. Present quarterly financials to the Board of Commissioners
• Utility Billing; accurately input meter readings for utility billing, balance utility billing at end of month and calculate
billing for new month, send billing statement files to appropriate contracted vendors.
• District Bank Monitoring; review the daily activity on District bank accounts, reconcile the bank account balances
to the appropriate tracking spreadsheets or utility software
• Electronic Payments; transfer money between accounts such as utility billing electronic deposit account and the
general deposit account. Process the electronic payment upload file (i.e. Xpress Sync File)
• Lien Fee Credits; process lien fee credits and prepare the requisite information for Board meetings

Qualifications

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
KNOWLEDGE OF:
• Principles, theories and practices of governmental accounting
• Current accounting developments and trends
• Budgetary principles, practices and procedures
• Internal and operational control concepts, techniques and relationships
• Office policies, procedures, methods and equipment
• Business writing and report preparation
• Laws, rules, regulations and guidelines governing area of assignment
• Research and analysis techniques
• Public Records Act (RCW 42.56)
• State laws and regulations regarding management of records
• Computerized applications, Microsoft Office, and other related systems and software
• District policies and procedures

ABILITY TO:
• Identify procedural problems and develop solutions
• Read, interpret and apply relevant laws, rules and regulations
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, representative of other agencies
and with the general public
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with a full scope of knowledge of English, mathematics, legal
forms and terms, proper spelling and grammar
• Operate computer terminals and applied software packages
• Work independently and with minimum supervision
• Exercise initiative and judgment and make decisions within the scope of assigned responsibility
• Exercise tact and diplomacy
• Analyze and resolve work related problems
• Maintain District files and other record keeping systems
• Learn Washington laws governing local government financial practices and procedures, Governmental Accounting
Standards Board, accounting practices and procedures, and the requirement of the Washington State Budgeting,
Accounting and Reporting System Act

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Requires high school graduation or equivalent with a business curriculum, supplemented by approximately 2 years
of experience in accounting work utilizing a computerized system or in a similar work environment; OR, any
equivalent combination of education and/or experience
• Previous professional accounting experience for a governmental agency preferred
• Must pass job related tests
• A valid Washington State driver’s license required
• CPR/First Aid certification will be required

Contact Information

Email resumes and completed job application to mariah.low@lkssd.org or send to LKSSD, attention HR, 1106 Vernon Road Suite A Lake Stevens, WA 98258.

LKSSD is a Drug Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer

Links

For more information and the employment application, visit our website at www.lkstevenssewer.org or call (425)334-8588.

Other Information

BENEFITS
• Medical, Dental, Vision
• Basic Term Life Insurance and AD&D
• DRS PERS Retirement and Deferred Compensation (DCP) plans
• Flexible Savings Account
• Health Reimbursement Account (HRA/VEBA)
• Optional pre-tax and post-tax Supplemental Benefits
• Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, Holidays and Floating Leave