Posting Date:  02/22/2021
Job Title:  Business Accountant-City of Olympia
Salary:  66,093-80,281
Entity:  City of Olympia
Closing Date:  Open


The City of Olympia’s Finance Department is seeking an exceptional professional to join our team as a Business Accountant. Our talented group focuses on serving City departments and the community we represent. The successful candidate will report to the Accounting Manager within the Finance Department and will focus on supporting the financial aspects of the City’s Community, Planning & Development Department. The position is located at Olympia City Hall. The Business Accountant may also be teleworking during the Covid-19 pandemic.

About the Finance Department
The Finance Department is one of 10 City departments and provides critical support to other city departments and the community. The finance team consists of 20 full-time employees, includes three managers, and provides services for: accounts payable, billing and collection, budget, cash and debt management, financial reporting, investments, payroll, project and grant accounting, fleet administration and support to the Council Finance Committee.

Ideal Candidate Profile Characteristics:
-Strong problem solving and analytical skills
-Ability to research and document business processes, accounting and budget standards and best practices.
-Ability to present issues and develop recommendations for solutions
-Experience with Microsoft office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
-Takes initiative; identifies priorities; ability to work independently
-Ability to communicate complex and challenging issues both verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences
-Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate within a team
-Sense of humor

Primary Duties

-Interpret detailed agreements and rules and apply them to specific transactions.
-Audit the records for compliance with business and taxation laws and regulations.
-Ability to prepare complex and detailed financial accounting reports, financial statements and schedules.
-Develop process and procedures for budget monitoring
-Recommend process improvement goals, objective and changes to policies and priorities for assigned activities in order to improve financial reporting
-Provide training to help department Program Managers manage business operations
-Demonstrate punctual, regular and reliable attendance.
-Performs related duties


-Knowledge of practices and techniques of governmental accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
-Ability to use financial management software and/or systems
-Proficiency in generation of complex data spreadsheets
-Ability to understand and interpret financial and legal documents and federal, state and local regulations
-Ability to make mathematical calculations quickly and accurately
-Ability to work under the pressure of rigid deadlines
-Proficiency in preparing financial reports and summaries
-Skill to verify and review accounting transactions. Make appropriate corrections, entries and adjustments to ensure accuracy of reports.
-Ability to periodically monitor the budget by reviewing reports and accounting records to determine if allocated funds have been spent as specified.
-Ability to communicate detailed accounting information clearly and comprehensively
-Ability to work independently from general instructions and broad work expectations
-Ability to organize work for maximum efficiency
-Ability to coordinate work with other departments and programs to provide exceptional service.
-Ability to respond to ad-hoc research and analysis requests.
-Knowledge to provide advice and technical assistance in the preparation of annual budgets.
-Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
-Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
-Ability to work effectively as a member of a service-oriented team

Contact Information

City of Olympia – Jana Brown, Accounting Manager


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