Posting Date:  07/11/2019
Job Title:  Fiscal Services Senior Accountant
Salary:  $74,300 – $90,328
Entity:  City of Olympia
Closing Date:  Continuous until filled; first review on 7/29/19


About Olympia
The City of Olympia is the capital city of Washington State and a diverse community within Thurston County. Located at the southern tip of Puget Sound and between the two major metropolitan areas of Seattle and Portland, Olympia serves a population of approximately 52,000. From the Farmers Market and the Children’s’ Hands on Museum to the 37 community parks, the City is rich with culture and recreation. Olympia is nationally recognized as one of the most livable cities in the United States and residents also have ready access to the shores of the Pacific Ocean and the resorts of the Cascade Mountains.

About the Position
The City of Olympia’s Administrative Services Department seeks an exceptional professional to join the Fiscal Services Team as the Senior Accountant. The successful candidate will report to the Fiscal Services Accounting Manager.

About Fiscal Services
Fiscal Services is one of four lines of business within the City’s Administrative Services Department. The Fiscal Services Team of 19 full-time employees, includes three managers, and provides city-wide services for: accounts payable, billing and collection, budget, cash and debt management, financial reporting, investments, payroll, project and grant accounting and fleet administration.

The Ideal Candidate for the Senior Accountant possesses:
• strong problem solving and analytical skills
• advanced knowledge of GAAP, GASB and Washington State BARS
• attention to detail and accuracy
• ability to function well in team-oriented environment
• exceptional written and oral communication skills
• ability to lead and teach
• sense of humor

Primary Duties

Essential Functions of Senior Accountant
1. Responsible for the professional management and completion of all assigned accounting/finance functions.
2. Responsible for the content and publication of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report; as project manager, establish time lines, coordinate city-wide financial data, review data and validate information, investigate/resolve discrepancies.
3. Assure financial system integrity through monitoring and complex analysis of a full range of accounting activities.
4. Serve as City liaison to the State Auditor’s office; responsible to coordinate, facilitate, plan and provide information for the annual State audit; attest to validity of audit information.
5. Conduct complex financial and trend analysis, interpret data and provide recommendations and schedules for major accounting functions, such as long-term debt.
6. Performs journal and general ledger entries; capitalizes accounts; analyzes accounts and performs account adjustments, prepares debt schedules.
7. Manage the financial aspects of a variety of grants and special funds.
8. Report annual financial data to the EMMA Dataport as required by reporting agencies.
9. Conduct a variety of special projects such as: new accounting systems, management reports, fixed asset accounting and financial analysis.
10. Prepare, audit, balance and analyze financial statements.
11. Review budget classifications for accuracy and/or against other accounting system criteria.
12. Coordinate and prepare annual Grant Reporting as required by federal and state agencies. This includes reviewing grant documents, providing training to departments on grant reporting requirements and working with departments to ensure that the city has complied with all grant requirements.
13. Provide financial system and accounting counsel and assistance to departments city-wide.
14. Assist others in interpreting official financial reports, contracts and various financial regulations.
15. Assist others in the issuance of debt for the City of Olympia
16. Notify management of accounting system problems and recommend changes and improvements.
17. Interpret detailed agreements and rules and apply to specific transactions.
18. Punctual, regular and reliable attendance is essential for successful job performance.


1. Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or business or a closely related field; AND
2. Three years progressively responsible professional accounting experience required;
3. Municipal or local government experience preferred; OR
4. Any combination of education, professional certifications and experience which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.

Contact Information

City of Olympia Human Resources Department
Phone: 360.753.8442


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