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Senior Accounting Associate - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0042)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $3,797.72 per month
Maximum Salary: $5,240.98 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Finance
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The City of Bellevue is currently accepting applications for one regular 1.0 FTE senior accounting associate position within the Finance Department’s Tax Division.  This position is primarily responsible for the fielding taxpayer inquiries made through the City’s tax information line and the Tax Division email inbox.  This position represents the first line of communication between the City and taxpayers and is responsible for responding expeditiously to routine taxpayer inquiries and requests and is primarily responsible for coordinating a response to more complex or non-routine matters.  This position is responsible for taxpayer account maintenance and performing reoccurring accounting tasks for the Tax Division.  Also, this position will partner with other staff to perform tax processing duties for the Tax Division. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with a senior level accounting association including the following tasks:

  • Fielding taxpayer inquiries via the City’s tax information phone line and email inbox during regular business hours.
  • Responding to routine taxpayer inquiries and routing non-routine or more complex inquiries to the appropriate staff member for resolution including tracking resolution of the matter.      
  • Researches taxpayer account discrepancies and communicates the results to internal and external customers.
  • Provides backup for Tax Division daily processing.
  • Performs taxpayer account and general ledger account reconciliations.
  •  Assists Tax Division with business education outreach.
  • Assist with tax research and other Tax Division projects.
  • Maintains Tax Division statistics. 


Supervision Received and Exercised

The end results of this position’s work are reviewed; however the performance of the work is generally unsupervised. The incumbent has demonstrated competency in performing most job elements and is asked to keep their supervisor informed of any unusual or difficult circumstances that arise.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • Graduation from a 2-year college or university program related to business or accounting.
  • Four years of progressively responsible directly related work experience, with a minimum of one year at the Accounting Associate level or equivalent.
  • Or, any equivalent combination of education and experience.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements


Communication is an essential component of our work at the City of Bellevue.  The City’s philosophy is that every communicator, regardless of role, needs to take individual accountability for the success of communication.  The successful candidate for this position will have excellent communication skills and will consistently employ those skills in communication with internal and external customers as well as coworkers.

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Accounting fundamentals relating to debits/credits and their relationship to the General Ledger.
  • Standards and practices for establishing and maintaining valid accounting documentation and a credible audit trail.
  • Accounting practices relating to the proofing and balancing of accounts, transactions and/or data entry.
  • Modern office procedures, practices and equipment.

Experience in:

  • Effective oral communication skills to explain, clarify and resolve routine and non-routine issues.
  • Balance/or and reconcile routine accounting transactions and taxpayer accounts.
  • Special projects requiring critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration as part of a project team.
  • Use automated systems and operation of office equipment/software at an acceptable level of proficiency.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with external customers, internal customers, and coworkers.
  • Execute daily operating procedures and internal standards, processes and procedures and the identification of process improvement opportunities.
  • Communication of knowledge of local taxes and reporting.
  • Comply with documentation standards for correspondence (records management).
  • Experience with state and/or local taxes a plus
  • Experience with tax research techniques a plus
  • Experience with technical writing a plus


Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment 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 involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 10 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.


How to Apply

Click "Apply Now" to complete the application for this position.  For further information about the job, please contact Chris Bothwell via email at or at 425.452.4358.  If you need technical assistance with the online application, please contact our IT helpdesk at 425.452.4340.


Payroll Title: Senior Accounting Associate     Position ID#: 1621


Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004