Posting Date:  04/08/2019
Job Title:  Financial Analyst – Payroll and Budget
Salary:  $69,298.32 – $88,387.92 Annually
Entity:  City of Issaquah
Closing Date:  First Review: Monday, April 22, 2019

Description:

SUMMARY:

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:

As a member of the Payroll and Budgeting team, this position maintains and processes payroll records, balances and audits payroll related reports, and is a primary back-up for the Payroll Coordinator. The incumbent may perform all duties necessary to process payroll, generate reports, and reconcile payroll-related accounts. This position also provides professional, analytical support for the budget, payroll and accounting. The incumbent assists with budget development and forecasting; prepares comprehensive financial reporting; analyzes and monitors fiscal trends and forecasts and makes recommendations regarding revenues, fees and costs; prepares tax returns and retirement system reports; implements collective bargaining agreements; and assists with costing and analysis in support of labor negotiations.

Qualifications you will need:

A Bachelor of Arts degree in finance, accounting, business administration or related field and five years of governmental accounting, payroll and/ or budgeting experience; or any combination of education and experience which would provide the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job.

First review of applications will take place on April 22, 2019.

All applications must be submitted through GovernmentJobs.com for consideration: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/issaquahwa

Primary Duties

•Assists with timely and accurate preparation of the payroll and related information; audits payroll for completeness and accuracy; resolves and corrects errors; prepares, distributes and maintains related reports; audits and maintains payroll records.
•Processes new employees, employee rate changes and any other employee change in status; processes time sheets; researches discrepancies of payroll information and/or documentation to ensure accuracy and adherence to procedures.
•Processes payments to State and Federal deposits, the Washington State Department of Retirement, and other benefit providers.
•Generates technical payroll reports for government agencies.
•Reconciles payroll benefits to the general ledger and performs general ledger semimonthly review.
•Prepares and maintains payroll-related accounts and reconciles these accounts within the accounting system.
•Performs professional level accounting, finance, and budget functions and statistical analysis for the Finance Department.
•Assists in the research and analysis of Citywide financial and policy issues; gathers information, reviews and recommends changes to Citywide policies and procedures.
•Serves as a technical resource to department staff on a variety of budgeting, accounting, and special fund issues.
•Prepares financial reports, including research and data analysis, revenue and expense allocation, supporting documentation, schedules, and other supplemental information as required.
•Assists in the coordination and preparation of special projects and the annual budget; reviews budget submittals and amendments and develops recommendations.
•Assembles materials to illustrate complex financial forecasts, budget adjustments and status reports; effectively communicates recommendations to management.
•Ensures integrity in the City’s cash flow by monitoring actual versus budgeted revenue and expenditures; prepares documents to seek approval for budget adjustments.
•Researches and analyzes various information and data to effectively manage debt and reserves, operational grants, utility rate setting, and capital program funds.
•Coordinates and executes special accounting related projects; assists in the negotiation of contracts/agreements, and monitors implementation and close out of projects.
•Researches and analyzes statistical reports and other available information to determine type and cause of anomalies and variances; conducts special studies and prepares reports as required.

Qualifications

Education and Training:

Bachelor of Arts degree in finance, accounting, business administration or related field and five years of governmental accounting, payroll and/ or budgeting experience; or any combination of education and experience which would provide the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job.

Licensing and Certification:

For qualified applicants, a valid Washington State Driver’s license free from frequent or serious violations.

Contact Information

425.837.3040

Links

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/issaquahwa/jobs/2409493/financial-analyst-payroll-and-budget?keywords=financial%20analyst&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Other Information

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of:
•Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP.)
•Principles and practices of payroll.
•Budgeting, accounting and reporting standards (BARS.)
•Generally accepted auditing principles for public sector financial management.
•Methods of forecasting for revenue, expenditure, and cash.
•Techniques and practices of capital project funding, budgeting, and management.
•Federal, State and local regulations, procedures, and accountability standards governing use and accounting of program/project funds.

Skills in:
•Understanding and applying budget and accounting standards, procedures, applicable Federal Rules and regulations, and City policies and ordinances.
•Monitoring and interpreting financial documents to assure compliance with regulatory requirements.
•Reviewing interrelated financial and technical records and identifying and reconciling errors.

Ability to:
•Prepare concise and logical reports and conduct verbal presentation of technically and financially complex information.
•Identify financial/budgetary related problems and implement solutions.
•Work independently with minimal supervision.
•Stay abreast of and explain City policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
•Support the relationship between the City and the constituent population by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with clients, visitors, and City staff.
•Maintain confidentiality of work-related issues, client records, and City information.