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Accountant - City of Issaquah ( Job # 18-0032)

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Minimum Salary: $4,780.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $6,406.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Finance
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Are you looking for challenge and opportunity? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Then consider joining our team! 

The City of Issaquah is seeking a skilled and analytical individual to fill the position of Accountant. Under the direction of the Financial Operations Manager, the Accountant will perform professional level accounting activities and functions to collect, analyze and communicate a wide variety of data and information. The Accountant will work in the Accounting Services Division, which covers the areas of procurement, accounts payable, general ledger, grant accounting, cash management, fixed assets, financial statement preparation and reporting. The work requires thorough knowledge of general accepted accounting principles, and governmental accounting standards; as well as, the exercise of independent, responsible, and accurate judgment in executing accounting procedures.

Issaquah is a rapidly growing community, well known for its environmental amenities, excellent quality of life, and countless cultural and educational opportunities. We are a customer-focused organization, committed to continuous improvement and innovation. Our mission: We enhance lives through public service.

Essential Functions
  • Operates automated system to input, update and revise data for various accounts; prepares payroll warrants; performs LID billing and receipts, revenue, expenditure, and general ledger posting; prepares B & O tax returns and business licenses; performs trial balances, posting of adjustments and controls; prepares penalty notices; generates reports; performs daily back-up of computer.
  • Makes daily or periodic entries in appropriate journals, registers, ledgers, or other records, assuring accuracy and balancing.
  • Receives, accounts for, and safeguards cash, checks or other valuable as required in area of assignment and following established procedures; issues receipts; classifies and codes transactions.  Balances and prepares bank deposits.
  • Accumulates, calculates, posts, balances, and reconciles data for specific LID accounts and payroll, and checks, such as warrant registers; identifies, traces, and otherwise resolves discrepancies in accordance with procedures.
  • Produces regular or special summaries, balances, or other reports as required when pertaining to area of assignment.  Verifies and completes summaries against source documents, which may involve statistical tabulations and calculations in accordance with established formulas and procedures.
  • Develops and maintains follow-up system on reports or actions required on a periodic basis.
  • Responds to a variety of departmental and public requests for information in person, by phone, or by mail relative to assigned function.
  • May provide support for employee benefits.
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration or related field emphasizing accounting/finance course work.
  • Three years of progressively responsible professional accounting work, preferably in the public sector.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Considerable knowledge of double-entry accounting principles and practices.  General knowledge of governmental accounting and auditing practices.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices.
  • Numerical ability to perform arithmetic computations accurately and quickly.
  • 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 operate standard office equipment such as calculator, typewriter, and personal computer and to apply fundamental accounting principles to the keeping of account records and the preparation of financial reports.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with officials, staff, and general public.
  • Ability to understand complex written and oral instruction.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public and other employees, using tact, discretion and courtesy.
  • Ability to formulate and design forms graphs and program spreadsheets.


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130 E Sunset Way