Posting Date:  05/28/2020
Job Title:  Deputy Finance Director – Accounting
Salary:  $119,685.00 – $162,306.96 Annually
Entity:  City of Issaquah
Closing Date:  7/6/2020


Who we are:
The City of Issaquah is a customer-focused organization, committed to continuous improvement and innovation. Our mission: We enhance lives through public services.

What you will be doing:
The Deputy Director assists the Finance Director in coordinating and managing financial activities, and plans, directs and controls accounting operations. The incumbent oversees and works with the accounting team to prepare the City’s annual Financial Statements; oversees the day-to-day work of the accounting and revenue teams; develops and implements accounting procedures and policies, and ensures that accounting systems follow generally recognized legal and professional guidelines; serves as the main point of contact with the Washington State Auditor’s Office on the annual audit and other matters; recommends fiscal and budgetary policies and alternatives; and assumes the duties and responsibilities of Director in the absence of the Finance Director.

This position is open until filled. Next review of applicants is July 6th. Apply today!

Primary Duties

Establishes and implements policies, procedures and standards for the efficient and effective operation and maintenance of assigned work programs. Manages and oversees accounting processes. Develops, recommends and implements accounting procedures and policies. Ensures the policies and procedures create proper internal controls in conformance with best practices.
Supervises the full range of operational functions related to revenue and cash management, tax compliance, utility billing and general billing.
Monitors, evaluates, plans and coordinates the services and programs of the accounting system.
Acts on behalf of the director on matters that impact the operation of the department and builds effective relationships with all levels of staff, public officials, auditors and the general public.
Oversees financial reporting; collects data and research regarding financial trends, develops long-range financial projections and analysis of data to identify trends and report findings.
Prepares the annual financial report; closes year-end records; creates and formats financial statements; prepares notes and schedules in support of financial statements.
Oversees the preparation of annual and interim financial statements and reports using generally accepted accounting principles and governmental accounting standards. Coordinates the preparation of the City’s annual financial report with assistance from the staff.
Assures that financial systems are established and maintained in accordance with sound accounting practices, state rules and regulations, and City ordinances policies and regulations.
Assigns, supervises, and evaluates the work of assigned staff; assists and trains subordinates as necessary; participates in the selection and hiring of new employees; conducts performance evaluations and makes recommendations regarding the discipline, transfer, and termination of subordinate employees. Resolves grievances or other sensitive personnel matters.
Manages assigned operation to achieve goals within budgeted funds and available personnel; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments, reviews progress, directs changes in priorities and schedules as needed.
Responds to requests for information from other departments, agencies and employees, including procedural inquiries, and financial data requests, promoting a strong customer service environment and work-ethic.
Assists the Director in the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, and short/long range plans and assists in the preparation of the department budget.
Serves as the primary liaison between the Office of the State Auditor and City staff and assists State Auditor during audits of financial records.


A Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration or related field and five years of governmental accounting experience which includes supervisory or lead responsibilities; or any combination of education and experience which would provide the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. A Master’s degree in accounting or business administration or related field is desired. Certified Public Accountant designation is also desired.

Knowledge of:
– Generally accepted accounting principles and standards and principles, practices, and applications of modern accounting systems.
– Laws, regulations, and standards pertaining to local government accounting and financial reporting procedures.
– Processes related to cash management and auditing.
– Research methods and techniques used for statistical analysis of financial records.
– Effective supervisory principles and practices.
– Principles and procedures of financial record keeping and reporting.
– Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of budgeting for operations and for capital improvement.

Skill in:
– Operating computer based financial systems.

Ability to:
– Analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems.
– Develop and maintain multi-year financial plans and financial models.
– Develop policies and procedures to conform with best practices and legal and accounting rules and guidelines.
– Instruct subordinate employees in proper work methods and procedures to ensure compliance with accounting principles and practices.
– Analyze and interpret financial data in order to coordinate the preparation of financial records and reports.
– Communicate effectively with other employees and agencies, verbally and in writing.
– Establish effective working relationships with other City employees and agency representatives.
– Plan, organize, coordinate, assign, and evaluate the work of assigned staff.
– Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
– Apply complex procedures in different situations.
– Work under pressure and/or continual interruptions.

Contact Information

Human Resources | City of Issaquah | | 425-837-3040


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