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Accounting Associate - Utilities - LTE - City of Bellevue ( Job # 14-0030)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $3,476.50 per month
Maximum Salary: $4,799.35 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Utilities
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


This position performs clerical and moderately complex accounting work in support of the City’s Water, Sewer, Storm, and Solid Waste utility functions. Specific duties include processing of accounts payable requests, calculation and payment of state and city utility taxes, periodic grants reporting, monitoring the department’s training database, personnel record keeping, assistance with budget development and monitoring, and conducting special projects.


  • In accordance with established procedures, prepares routine finance/accounting-related transactions such as requisitions, invoices, and journal entries; reviews for timeliness, completeness and reasonableness; validates accuracy of data and compliance with explicit internal requirements, coding conventions, procedures, and guidelines; and identifies questionable and/or potentially non-compliant data/matters.
  • Acts as a resource for internal customers for account coding and other requirements for invoice payments and other accounting functions.
  • Prepares and files monthly state excise and business and occupation tax returns, quarterly City utility tax returns, and quarterly franchise fee payments.
  • Supports Senior Budget and Rate Analysts in the development of biennial budgets and rate and other financial studies, including identifying data sources and compiling and verifying financial data.
  • Assists in monitoring and reporting actual revenues and expenses against budgets, including identifying and researching significant variances.
  • Prepares monthly and annual reports showing expenditures associated with specific grants, and assembles and packages documentation supporting grant reimbursement requests.
  • Performs and/or supports special projects as assigned.

Graduation from a 2-year college or university program related to business or accounting and two years of progressively responsible related work experience that includes accounting transaction processing and verification, or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Knowledge of accounting fundamentals relating to debits/credits and their relationship to the General Ledger, sources & availability of information relevant to the assigned function and the nature of questions typically received, standards and practices for establishing and maintaining valid accounting documentation and a credible audit trail, state and/or local regulations affecting the assigned accounting function, accounting practices relating to the proofing and balancing of accounts, transactions and/or data entry, and modern office procedures, practices and equipment.
  • Ability to develop and maintain current knowledge of the functionality, operation and application of internal on-line systems sufficient to efficiently and effectively complete work assignments, use automated systems and operate office equipment/software at an acceptable level of proficiency, gain and apply knowledge of daily operating procedures and internal standards, processes and procedures as they relate to the assigned accounting function, and comply with documentation standards relative to the assigned accounting function.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and management both inside and outside the Utilities Department.
  • Possession of excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively work both independently, with minimal supervision, and with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple work assignments and meet established deadlines.

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.

Additional Requirements

  • Knowledge of public agency budgeting, finance, and accounting is preferred.
  • Experience deriving information from mainframe-based financial systems and using report writing software is preferred.
  • Experience working with outcome measures, or other performance-based measurement systems, is preferred.

This is a regular, full-time, Non-exempt, Non-union position.


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