Posting Date:  05/02/2019
Salary:  $5,759 – $7,063 Monthly
Entity:  City of Centralia
Closing Date:  May 24, 2019


Under general direction, plans and organizes the highest level professional accounting expertise to the analysis, development, maintenance and control of complex fiscal records, reports and systems for public works, water, stormwater and wastewater utilities’ accounting operations. Responsibilities include planning and organizing detailed, integrated analyses of rate revenues and expense projections; conducting in depth specialized, targeted research and interpretations within the area of assignment. Act as finance lead for migration efforts between legacy systems and entity wide financial systems when as needed.

This classification description reflects the general concept and intent of the classification and should not be construed as a detailed statement of all the work requirements that may be inherent in a position.

Primary Duties

Essential Functions

• Prepare and oversee the preparation of detailed, complex financial accounting reports and statements. Track expenditure levels; arrange fund transfers; reconcile expenditures or receipts and allocate according to established formula; maintain fixed asset accounting and depreciation records for public works, water, storm water and waste water utilities.

• Plan, implement and present complex analytical reports of accounting systems for water and waste water utilities. Conduct complex research, interpret and make recommendations on accounting related investment and financial issues.

• Plan, prepare and implement working plan of migration to new financial system, acting as the business lead. This includes developing business requirements including system functionality to ensure smooth transition between legacy and new financial systems and making recommendations to management on module selection, system integration/development, initial setup, data conversion, testing and implementation and perform system administrator functions as assigned.

• Develop recommendations for policies, procedures and systems to assure effective functioning of the finance activities for the city and compliance with accounting standards and requirements utilizing best practices enterprise wide.

• Assist in the preparation of annual city budget and in the development of utility rate and fleet maintenance structures as assigned.

• Monitor grants and loan reimbursements through closeouts; conduct cash flow analysis. Maintain and assure audit compliance for grants and loan records for public works, water, storm water and waste water utilities.

• Knowledge of, and ability to interpret, apply and explain rules, policies, laws, and regulations applicable to areas of assignment as well as ability to communicate verbally and in writing financial information and concepts.

• Proficient computer skills with thorough knowledge of spreadsheet and word processing programs and basic knowledge of network systems.

● Assist State Auditor in review of utility accounting practices. Maintain and revise accounting system as necessary according to manual issued by the State Auditor’s office.

● Interact with and respond to requests and inquiries from other departments regarding utility related expenditures from their budgets and determine account numbers to be used.

● Performs other related duties as assigned.


Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Physical effort is required to lift boxes or files occasionally, not exceeding 30 pounds. Work involves management of multiple priorities.

Essential tasks include use of the telephone and personal computer, writing, working with and differentiating between accounting figures and concepts, driving a city or personal vehicle and traveling to conferences, meetings and seminars.



Education and Experience:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, business administration or related field and three (3) years of increasingly responsible governmental accounting experience with supervisory or lead responsibility, or any combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job will be considered. Master’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business Administration is highly desirable. Experience leading migration of financial software and policy development and implementation highly desirable.

Knowledge of:

Theory and practice of governmental utility accounting, particularly as related to City operations; federal, state and local laws governing accounting procedures and systems; advanced computer applications, especially those related to financial reporting systems such as Excel, Access, word processing and graphics; principles and practices of supervision. Experience with migration from one financial software package to another is highly desirable.

Thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the Washington State Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting Systems (BARS). Knowledge of city, state and federal laws and procedures governing public sector accounting and reporting requirements. Knowledge of governmental accounting, auditing and finance.

Knowledge of principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Ability to:

Plan, implement, and coordinate financial and/or investment accounting programs for the water and waste water utilities department; research and analyze the most complex accounting and investment data; prepare clear, concise and detailed financial reports and present data to managers; evaluate and recommend financial accounting policies and procedures; communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; interpret and explain City financial and grant policies; use computerized financial reporting systems; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Employment is conditional on a satisfactory credit history as of the date of hire.

Contact Information

Application Process:
Apply by submitting a complete City of Centralia application, resume and cover letter to the Human Resource Office by 5pm, May 24, 2019 (postmarks NOT accepted). E-mail applications must be signed and mailed along with electronic filing. NOTE: Resumes may be submitted, but will NOT be accepted in lieu of the City’s application form.

118 W. Maple/P.O. Box 609
Centralia, Washington 98531
360-330-7672/Fax 360-330-7673


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