Posting Date:  04/01/2021
Job Title:  Accountant
Salary:  $71,342 to $86,717 DOE
Entity:  City of Burien – Burien, WA
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled – First Review 04/16/21


The City of Burien is looking for a skilled Accountant to join our great Finance team. The first review of candidates will be Friday, April 16, 2021. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

General Position Summary
The successful candidate will perform a wide variety of increasingly responsible professional-level financial and accounting activities.

Primary Duties

Essential Functions
• Supports and models the identified vision, values and behaviors of the organization.
• Maintains and updates the computerized payroll system.
• Processes semi-monthly payroll which includes but is not limited to inputting timesheets; generating and reconciling monthly payroll reports; preparing and submitting withholding payments and benefit payments; preparing and submitting quarterly and annual tax reports, including W-2’s, and generating paychecks.
• Review billings, payroll or other transactions for completeness and compliance with established policies and procedures, and proper authorization; resolve problems before preparing for data entry.
• Stays current on new IRS payroll guidelines and implements new requirements by the prescribed deadline.
• Archives payroll records in accordance with the Washington State Archives Record Retention Schedule.
• Provides information and assistance to employees, as authorized; responds to requests for information, and attempts to resolve them by researching files and records within the scope of authority; refers matters requiring policy interpretation to Human Resources for resolution.
• Generates a variety of special and recurring reports which compile hours worked, overtime, benefits, accruals, and leave tracking; researches and analyzes data for special reports, surveys, and budgeting process; traces transactions to locate and resolve discrepancies.
• Processes accounts receivable including:
o Set up and maintenance of fee codes and customer accounts.
o Prepare invoices for billing which may include grant reimbursements, inspection, right-of-way, false alarms, shared arson investigation costs, public safety services, street mitigation fees, special assessments and other miscellaneous.
o Prepares invoices for local improvement districts, which includes maintenance of property owner information.
o Monitors payments for all invoices and processes past-due penalties. Performs follow-up work related to past-due accounts.
o Responds to questions from the public.
• Monitors and reconciles a variety of accounting records including but not limited to sub ledgers to the financial software. Prepares adjusting journal entries as necessary.
• Performs financial planning and analysis projects.
• Assists with month-end closing including preparation of monthly journal entries and bank reconciliation.
• Assist in preparation of the Annual Financial Report and Biennial Budget, including preparation of the salary and benefit schedules.
• Prepares the quarterly excise tax returns.
Secondary Functions
• Serves as backup for cash receipting, accounts payable, purchase order issuance and petty cash disbursement.
• Assists with maintaining the fixed asset inventory.
• Assists with review and posting the monthly cash receipts.


Education and/or Experience
A minimum of three years of increasingly responsible experience in accounting or a combination of experience and training that provides the candidate with the knowledge and skills to perform the job. A bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting or related field is preferred. Certification as a Payroll Professional (CPP) from the American Payroll Association is preferred.

Contact Information

Connie Roberts
HR Analyst


Other Information

Great benefit package, including 100% paid medical, dental and vision for the employee. Dependents pay 10% for medical and dental and vision is 100% paid. Other benefits include: PERS Retirement Plan, 401a Social Security Replacement Plan, and 12 paid holidays, plus much more!