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Senior Accounting Associate - City of Kirkland ( Job # 20-0004)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $31.20 per hour
Maximum Salary: $36.70 per hour
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Finance & Administration
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Thursday, February 6, 2020
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Senior Accounting Associate position performs a variety of paraprofessional accounting duties that impact city-wide financial records. This position will assist professional accounting staff with monitoring and processing complex financial activities and ensuring compliance with legal requirements, union contracts, policies and procedures.  

Capital improvement project monitoring and grant billing are the focus for this position. 

Job Duties
Below is a listing of some of the key duties of the position:
  • Assists in preparation of annual financial report
  • Coordinates with employees in multiple departments to verify that asset and liability accounts are balanced on a regular basis. 
  • Assists with reconciliation and analysis of CIP Funds and determination of CIP funding. 
  • Maintains spreadsheets supporting CIP/Utility funding.
  • Monitors assigned budgets throughout the year to ensure proper posting of expenditures. 
  • Reconciles operating budgets.
  • Prepares and maintains all documentation required to support assigned grants. 
  • Provides annual reconciliation of assigned grants for State Auditor. 
Skills Knowledge & Abilities
  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently with attention to details.
  • Knowledge of general accounting and fund accounting, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Ability to create complex spreadsheets.
  • Ability to operate automated financial software and timekeeping system and document management system.
  • Ability to perform complex reconciliations using a variety of data sources.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment such as calculator, typewriter, and personal computer.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and communicate sensitively and effectively with employees and co-workers.
  • Ability to understand and implement laws, regulations and labor contracts related to payroll processing.
  • Ability to work under pressure and/or continual interruptions, and to deal with a variety of deadlines of both an immediate and flexible nature.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public and other employees, both verbally and in writing.
Hours of Work

M - F  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Special Note

This position opportunity requires a cover letter (letter of interest) and resume for consideration of application.  Please note how you meet minimum qualifications within that letter. While final selection will not occur until after closing, screening and interviews will commence prior to the closing date.

This opportunity includes a full benefit package: medical/dental vision for employee and dependents, deferred compensation plan, 2x annual salary life insurance, vacation and sick leave accruals, paid holidays, free on-site parking, on site work-out facility.




Minimum Qualifications

AA degree in accounting or related field and 5 years of experience in bookkeeping/accounting/payroll processing in a union environment or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with automated financial management/payroll systems and public sector accounting rules preferred.


Working Conditions & Physical Activities

Work is generally performed in an office setting and will include standing and sitting for long intervals of time. Positions in this class typically require stooping, kneeling, reaching, sitting, mobility, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions. Work is typically sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

Union Affiliation

This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME) .

Selection Process

Applicants who are invited to participate in the test and/or interview process will be notified by phone or email.

Testing is tentatively scheduled for the week of February 10, 2020.


City Hall
123 5th Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033