• Senior Accountant

    Job Locations US-WA-Everett
    Opening Date 3 weeks ago(7/26/2019 10:53 AM)
    Job ID
    Bargaining Unit
    Min (Annual)
    USD $81,203.00/Yr.
    Max (Annual)
    USD $113,682.00/Yr.
    Min Hiring Range
    USD $81,203.00/Yr.
    Max Hiring Range
    USD $89,324.00/Yr.
  • Overview

    Under general supervision, performs a variety of accounting duties to support the preparation of the Agency’s financial statements, quarterly financial reports, annual budget, grant reporting, and other internal and regulatory reporting. Recommends procedural or systems changes based on governmental accounting requirements, and applicable tax laws. Develops complex reports when required. Assists with fixed asset accounting as required.

    Essential Duties

    1. Reconciles balance sheet and income statement accounts related to the preparation of agency-wide quarterly and annual financial statements.  Prepares and enters journal entries as required, including accruals, investments, bond entries and others as assigned. Prepares schedules for assigned notes to financial statements.
    2. Prepares or assists with the preparation of complex financial reports including Community Transit’s quarterly financial statements and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, National Transit Database, Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, Washington State Employment Security Department, the Internal Revenue Service (941 and W-2s), and various grant reports.
    3. Reconciles or maintains accounting system data, including actual and budget ledgers, encumbrances, and payroll distribution.
    4. Collaborates with staff from State Auditor's office on the annual audit, in conjunction with the Accounting Supervisor and Controller. Responds to questions regarding account balances, variances, accounting procedures, and internal controls.
    5. Reviews grant documents for accuracy. Prepares payroll distribution for quarterly grant reporting.  Conducts a final review of calculations in the multi-level quarterly operating FTA grant billings. Reviews for completeness the actual invoices billed to capital grant projects and follows up with staff when additional documentation is needed. Verifies that invoice amounts match actual grant billings and ensures that actual grant billings match reviewed backup.
    6. Prepares cost allocations as necessary for grant reporting and leads the process to collect employee costs attributable to capital projects (“intangible assets”).
    7. Where assigned, analyzes the effects of governmental accounting standards and regulatory changes on the agency. Recommends needed procedural and systems changes to improve efficiency for evolving business processes.
    8. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.


    Minimum Qualifications

    1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, or equivalent in technical training.
    2. Three years intermediate experience in accounting position.
    3. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
    4. Three years intermediate experience using automated accounting systems, including report-writing and analysis of data.
    5. Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.


    1. Licensing as a Certified Public Accountant, or Masters’ degree in Accounting, Business Administration or Public Administration.
    2. Governmental Accounting experience, preferably local government (e.g., transit, public works, county, or city government).
    3. Familiarity with PeopleSoft Financials, or similar financial system.

    Entry Requirements for: Knowledge and Skills


    Qualification to enter this position requires knowledge of the following:

    1. Finance and budget systems; Accounts Receivable and Billing, Accounts Payable and Payroll systems a plus.
    2. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, accounting practices, and internal controls.
    3. Financial statement and reporting preparation.
    4. State and local taxes 

    Qualification to enter this position requires skill in:

    1. Oral and written communication skills, including communicating information and ideas in speaking or writing so others will understand.
    2. Communication and interpersonal relations as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, auditors or consultants, the general public and others, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
    3. Analysis and problem solving with effective solutions and ability to make good decisions based on wisdom, experience and judgment.
    4. Use of personal computer and MS Office software programs.
    5. Microsoft Excel, including the ability to perform lookups, create functions and formulas, and use pivot tables to analyze data.
    6. Maintaining confidentiality and communicating with tact and diplomacy.
    7. Meeting strict deadlines.
    8. Planning and implementing complex tasks, and setting work priorities for efficiency and effectiveness.
    9. Application of critical thinking and problem solving,
    10. Ability to learn and apply new skills quickly.

    Proficient Performance Requirements for Knowledge and Skills


    Qualification to fulfill the full range of this position’s duties requires the following knowledge, which may be gained or further developed after entering the job:

    1. PeopleSoft financial system skills
    2. B&O and sales tax experience

    Physical Requirements

    Lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, repetitive motions, carrying.


    Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.



    Final applicant will be subject to a credit check in addition to regular background check.


    First Consideration date August 11.


    Application and Selection Process

    On-line applications only at www.communitytransit.org.  Please attach a resume and cover letter for consideration.  The evaluation process may include interviews, background checks, credit checks, reference checks and various performance tests.  If you have a family member, or share the same living quarters of a current Community Transit employee, please let your Human Resources Recruiter know as your eligibility for this position may be affected. 


    Community Transit provides a tobacco-free and drug-free work environment.  As a recipient of federal funds, Community Transit is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by Federal, State or Local law.  We value and encourage diversity in our workforce.  EOE AA/M/F/Vet/Disability.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.


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