Posting Date:  05/28/2021
Job Title:  Accountant
Salary:  $25.64 to $27.92 per hour/40 hours per week
Entity:  Yakima County Treasurer’s Office
Closing Date:  Recruitment is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed weekly.

Description:

There are two openings with the Yakima County Treasurer’s Office for Accountants, performing professional level accounting activities affecting the revenue and debt management of County departments and other agencies or districts including research, evaluation, and development of systems; analyzing revenues and expenditures as well as cash and investment management; and acting as a lead and support to technical staff for financial operations of the Treasurer’s Office programs.

Primary Duties

Essential Duties:

Prepares daily investment activity detail for County investment decisions by Treasurer; audits district or agency request for department policy compliance and accuracy; verifies the availability of funds for investment requests or the Fund Balances for investment withdrawals; monitors investment coupon payments and maturities, ensuring accurate and timely receipt of funds; compiles all supporting documentation and completes investment transactions. Daily & monthly reconciles the total county investment portfolio balance with financial system reports, banking reports, and checkbook register. Monthly calculates and verifies the accuracy of system allocations of investment earnings.

Analyzes the County General Fund beginning cash amount with the approved budget; using analytical research methods, financial system reports, resolutions and other relevant information, allocates revenue and expenditures into a monthly cash flow projection. Monitors and reviews monthly activity, adjusting projections to reflect current transactions and ensuring an accurate year-end balance is maintained. Researches any discrepancies and makes recommendations to the Treasurer to ensure sound financial information is available for county decision-making.

Reconciles the County-wide monthly cash balance using Financial Management System reports, Ascend reports, and checkbook register. Audits the checkbook detail to ensure that all activity is present in both systems, also ensuring that any activity in the Financial Management and Ascend systems are included in the checkbook register.

Prepares and monitors annual debt budgets, analyzing funding sources. Reviews debt service payments for Yakima County and all districts and agencies. Audits payment requests from the Fiscal Agent and other sources, resolving any discrepancies in payment amount or detail. Verifies cash availability for scheduled debt payments and ensures timely payment. Maintains and balances County-wide detailed debt schedule and calculates Debt Limitations.
Prepares and monitors annual revenue budgets, analyzing historical revenue trends. Compiles a monthly Treasurer’s Financial Review Packet containing year-to-date revenues. Monitors and analyzes the revenue activity to ensure that the annual revenue projections are accurate; researches and monitors any trends or discrepancies that may require a re-projection of existing budgeted revenues; compiles all supporting documentation.

Oversees the County-wide Internet banking activity. Prepares wires and ACH credit transactions for approval. Compiles the ACH Debit documentation provided by taxpayers and ensures the security of bank information. Sets up and reviews the debit transmission to ensure the accuracy of Property Tax payments. Contacts the bank support team when necessary to resolve any problems.

Prepares or contributes in the preparation of a variety of complex reports, statements and documents for major County or agency (Federal, State and local) financial requirements such as: Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) statements; Comprehensive Annual Financial Reporting (CAFR) notes for cash and investments and statistical reporting; Annual Treasurer’s Financial Report; property tax collections and receivables; local improvement district receivables; and special financial projects as required.

Completes and/or assists in property tax and benefit assessment certification, reconciling and verifying that tax/assessment distribution is accurate; verifies annual tax/assessment billing complies with contractual and statutory requirements; evaluates requirements and provides accurate reporting to State agencies for property taxes; and audits property tax refund documents, including researching, evaluating and verifying financial transactions for appropriateness and amount of qualified refund.

Performs other accounting duties as required. This includes ability to perform other Accountant duties when needed.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration or related field – plus one year of professional level accounting experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Required:

• Successful completion of a criminal history background check.
• Microsoft Office/Accounting exercises will be required as a part of the interview process.

This is an AFSCME 87 Master Contract Bargaining Unit position.

Preferred:

• Bachelor’s Degree and one year of experience is preferred over equivalency.
• Auditing experience; and
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel/Spreadsheet computer programs

Equipment Operated:

Computer, calculator, automated financial systems and other software as required, printers, copier, fax, telephone, scanning and imaging equipment.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Duties are performed primarily in an office setting and may involve exposure to potentially hostile individuals; confidentiality is a requirement. Requires: stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, mobility, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Sedentary work: exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting, most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge: Upon entry what specific knowledge would an individual need to assume the duties of this position

• Practices and principles of project management;
• Generally Accepted Accounting Principles;
• Financial theories and principle including audit functions;
• Laws and regulations governing financial activities of the County Treasurer’s Office;
• Cost analyses accounting principles
• Governmental and fund accounting theories and principles;
• Customer service techniques and team building concepts; and
• Office practices and procedures including financial data processing.

Skills (and abilities): Upon entry, what specific skills/abilities would be needed to assume the duties of this position

• Applying Generally-Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP);
• Interpreting policies, procedures, laws and regulations;
• Tracking debt issues;
• Creating amortizations schedules;
• Analyzing financial information and preparing sound financial recommendations;
• Paying attention to detail and accuracy in a multi-tasking environment;
• Preparing complex financial reports and statements;
• Using office equipment such as phones, copies, calculators and fax machines;
• Using a personal computer and related software applications including keeping financial systems in balance/reconciled;
• Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
• Communication, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give or receive work direction.

Contact Information

To Apply:
For more information and to apply, visit our website at https://www.yakimacounty.us/1268/Employment. For assistance, contact the Yakima County Human Resources Department at (509) 574-2210 or human.resources@co.yakima.wa.us. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disability.

Links

https://www.yakimacounty.us/1268/Employment

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