Posting Date:  01/24/2023
Job Title:  Accounting and Payroll Specialist
Salary:  $80,000 to $95,000
Entity:  King County Fire District No. 20
Closing Date:  Open until filled


Under the direction of the Director of Finance and Administration, the Accounting and Payroll Specialist will provide accounting duties of above-average difficulty in a variety of the following areas of responsibility: accounts payable, payroll, accounts receivable, transport billing, grants management, general accounting, financial reporting, and cash management support to the Director of Finance and Administration, Chief and Board of Commissioners.

Primary Duties

The job duties and responsibilities represented in this job description in no way imply that these are the only duties to be performed. The ideal candidate must be able to perform all accounts payable, payroll, general accounting, and higher-level bookkeeping tasks under limited supervision, applying accounting controls to ensure compliance with District policies and procedures and the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). In addition, the ideal candidate will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as requested by the supervisor. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Process accounts payable timely and accurately to meet all District financial obligations while maintaining internal controls.
• Process payroll and payroll benefits timely and accurately, including accrued and used leave.
• Process monthly, quarterly, and annual benefits, payroll, and tax reporting.
• Establish new employee records in the accounting system, verifying the accuracy and completeness of employment documentation and ensuring compliance with applicable employment contracts and Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA).
• Process ambulance billings, including face sheets, billing, receivables, and reporting.
• Ensure compliance with internal controls and make recommendations for improvements.
• General ledger posting of monthly transactions from King County.
• Assist with financial reporting, and bi-annual State Auditor’s Office (SAO) audits.
• Assist with SAO Annual Report.
• Participate in the annual budget development and work within an adopted budget.
• Create customer billings/invoicing.
• Prepares and maintains grant management activities and other related financial data.
• Assist with District filing system, including records retention and destruction assistance.
• Operate business and office machines including, but not limited to, computers, copiers, calculators, multi-line phone systems, fax machines, scanners, and label makers.
• Maintain petty cash and postage stamp distribution/tracking and prepare for reconciliation.
• Assist in preparing a packet for Fire Commissioner Board meetings, including written minutes.
• Provide backup for Administrative Services Specialist.
• Assist with maintenance and updating personnel files upon request by the Chief or Director of Finance and Administration.
• Provide staff and administrative support to the Board of Fire Commissioners, management, other District members, and community organizations.
• Cash handling.


Knowledge of:
• Cash Basis Accounting, including the State’s required Budgeting Accounting Reporting System (BARS) Chart of Accounts and District policies and procedures.
• Washington State Department of Retirement (DRS) retirement program.
• Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program.
• Federal employer tax reporting (941 and Schedule B).
• Washington Labor and Industries (L&I) reporting.
• Washington unemployment reporting (ESD).
• Methods, procedures, and terminology related to business correspondence, purchasing, travel arrangements, preparation of meeting minutes, accounts receivable/payable, payroll and benefits, and transport billing.
• Customer service techniques and etiquette.
• Basic governmental accounting.
• Public Records Requests and Records Retention requirements.
• Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures.
• Reconciliation of vendor accounts.

• Attention to detail.
• Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing
• Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
• Skill to organize finances such as accounts payable invoices and warrants.
• Accurate and efficient data entry. Ten-key by touch.
• Technologically literate with computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (SharePoint, Word, Publisher, and Excel (formulas, pivots, and lookups, required)), specialized accounting (Springbrook Express), and timekeeping software (Crewsense), electronic patient records/billing software (ESO), and others as determined by the District.
• Maintain confidentiality of information that may be acquired directly or indirectly in any written, verbal, or auditory sense.
• Ability to use sound judgment and human relations skills to deal with the public and coworkers.
• Assist the public and District staff collaboratively and professionally.
• Requires the ability to work with frequent interruptions.
• A flexible self-starter who can work independently under pressure and follow superiors’ directions. Must be able to plan and organize work to meet District deadlines.
• Must be able to drive and operate agency vehicles.

• High school diploma or GED. Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Accounting, or Finance preferred.
• Minimum five years experience in an accounting, payroll, or human resource assistant position with increasing responsibilities.
• Government setting desired but not required.
• An equivalent combination of education and experience may demonstrate the candidate’s knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the above essential functions.

Contact Information

Agnes Goldingay
Director of Finance and Administration or
(206) 772-1430


Other Information

Position opened until filled.