Posting Date:  11/23/2021
Job Title:  Senior Accountant
Salary:  $77,553 – $99,879 DOE + excellent benefits
Entity:  City of Newcastle
Closing Date:  Open until filled


First Review: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Do you enjoy all things accounting? Are accounting principles and regulations second nature to you? The City of Newcastle is looking for a team player to join our small city as our next Senior Accountant. The Senior Accountant will have professional accounting experience and keep attention to detail, while providing problem-solving skills to support business objectives.

Under the direction and supervision of the Finance Director, this position performs a variety of complex and technical accounting and other related financial functions to maintain the fiscal records and systems of the City. The Senior Accountant is responsible for ensuring that all financial transactions, records, statements, and reports comply with current Washington State Budgeting, Accounting, Reporting Systems (BARS), Governmental Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting (GAAFR). The position prepares the Annual Financial Report and works with management to; design and implement solutions to resolve accounting and internal control issues and problems. The Senior Accountant also develops procedures to maintain the integrity of the general ledger and subsidiary accounting systems; assists with decision- making processes by preparing financial analysis, projections, reports, and policies and procedures; and research legal materials relevant to accounting problems and solutions.

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Primary Duties

Examples of Duties
This list is intended only to illustrate some of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Maintains the integrity of computerized accounting journals, ledgers, and other financial records. Use electronic worksheets to support journal entries to the general ledger. Coordinate the integration of various electronic accounting sub-systems into the General Accounting System.
* Works with various city department to develop the city’s annual fee schedule and department budgets.
* Reviews requirements for a Performance Measurement system consistent with best Government Finance Officers’ Association’s (GFOA) best practices.
* Prepares the electronic submittal with complete financial statement notes and schedules within the statutory deadline. Maintains accounting records for independent audit, working with auditors to minimize audit time and expense.
* Coordinates with City IT in monitoring and maintaining application of financial software. Provides user training on system modules as needed and reviews user procedure manuals to ensure updated on an annual basis.
* Designs and develops a variety of queries, macros and spreadsheets from downloaded data to improve accounting, financial reporting and analysis for various revenue or expenditure analysis.
* Evaluates transactions; analyzes data and resolves discrepancies with departments; monitors departmental usage of chart of accounts to ensure accurate classification of financial transactions under BARS and GAAP.
* Analyzes user and operational needs and business requirements in order to develop or modify automated accounting, budget and finance system.
* Performs lead responsibility for special and on-going accounting assignments such as the annual State Financial Reports and Grants Accounting.
* Works with auditors from various grant agencies, the State Auditor’s Office, and others providing information, explanation, or guidance to assure successful audit reports, as directed by the Finance Director.
* Performs statistical computations, financial analyses, interpretations, projections, and provides recommendations to the management team to assist with decision-making processes.
* Assists in the preparation of the City’s budget and other financial statements, as directed by the Finance Director.
* Notifies the Finance Director or others on the management team promptly of important financial issues.
* Works with City departments to help resolve issues within the purview of the position; works in a manner that reinforces interdepartmental cooperation and mutual support.
* Reviews and analyzes departmental internal controls and arranges to correct deficiencies and assists in implementing new controls to comply with audit recommendations and internal control standards and policies.
* Fulfills obligations, promises, and assignments within reasonable timelines; communicates project and assignment status and schedules regularly and in a timely way to Finance Director, Department Heads, or other managers.
* Communicates at all times, in all media ways, that reflect well upon the City and the employees; ensure communication is accurate, professional, and in keeping with the customer service ethic identified herein; as needed, provides reliable and concise written and oral reports; makes recommendations involving areas of responsibility.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Other Duties
Assists Finance Director to develop accounting policies and procedures that establish appropriate methods for capturing reliable accounting data.
Because of the small size of the City’s staffing level, each employee is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time.

Working conditions
The working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is performed mostly in an office setting. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently is required to talk or hear; sit; use hands to handle, feel, or operate controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally is required to stand or walk. The employee occasionally must lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment usually is quiet.

Knowledge AND skills (Entry requirements)
Knowledge of:

Working knowledge of BARS, GASB, and GAAP;
Cost accounting principles;
Applicable federal, state, and local regulations;
Electronic accounting procedures and systems and ability to improve them; and
Ability to adhere to current professional standards and willingness to seek training as needed.
Skill in:
Operation of a personal computer, including spreadsheet, database, applicable financial software, and Microsoft applications;
Applying generally accepted accounting principles to transactions, record keeping, and control procedures;
Preparing comprehensive financial statements, reports, and summaries;
Researching accounting problems, analyzing data, and writing and presenting detailed recommendations;
Communicating effectively, orally and in writing, including the ability to effectively communicate accounting concepts and information regarding complex financial transactions and reports to non-accounting personnel, at times in confrontational and/or stressful situations;
Establishing effective working relationships;
Anticipating and projecting work loads and tasks;
Prioritization and managing one’s own time;
Maintaining the absolute confidentiality of sensitive files, data, and materials accessed, discussed, or observed while working with City staff; and


Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or directly related field preferred. A combination of education and experience, which provides the applicant with required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job, will be considered.
Minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience preferred.
Knowledge and experience in using integrated accounting software applications and developing worksheets using electronic spreadsheet application software required.

Vaccination: All new hires and employees to the City of Newcastle will be required as a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start date. If you have questions or need an accommodation for this requirement due to a disability or religious reason, you can speak to Human Resources for further information.

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