The Solid Waste Division of King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks is looking for an Accounting Supervisor who can provide leadership to the Accounts Payable, General Ledger, and Accounts Receivable teams in their Enterprise Services Section. This person will directly supervise a team of seven and indirectly provide leadership to five additional accounting professionals. They will lead, develop, and supervise a professional staff that will work collaboratively with division staff to support successful projects while ensuring that accounting administration processes comply with King County requirements.
The Accounting Supervisor reports directly to the Enterprise Services Section Manager and will be expected to prioritize and plan the work of the Accounting unit. The Accounting Supervisor is expected to practice continuous improvement principles and will work to improve effectiveness and streamline accounting processes in the division. In addition to supervising the unit, the employee in this position will use their interpersonal skills and technical expertise to advice, train, and provide support to Solid Waste Division employees about accounting issues.
Who may apply: This exciting opportunity is open to all qualified applicants and will remain open until filled. Applications received by Sunday, December 16th will be screened first. King County and the Solid Waste Division values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.
How to apply: Applicants must submit a King County application form and letter of interest detailing your background and describing how your education and experience meets the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job. You can access the job announcement and application at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs
Work Location: King Street Center - 201 South Jackson Street, Suite 701, Seattle, WA
Work Schedule: This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. The core work hours are normally 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Accounting Services Profile: The Accounting Services team is composed of two work units: Accounts Receivable (six employees, including a supervisor), and Accounts Payable/General Ledger (six employees). Accounts Receivable is responsible for the receipt, recording, and reconciliation of the division’s revenue from grants and customers at the division’s two drop boxes, eight transfer stations, and one active landfill. Revenues include cash, check, credit/debit cards, and an in-house revolving account program. The Accounts Payable / General ledger team is responsible for processing invoices and governmental purchasing card payments, tracking and depreciating fixed assets, recording landfill liabilities, transferring funds between SWD’s five funds, processing and liquidating encumbrances and accruals, and preparing various Schedules and Notes to the county’s financial statements pertaining to Solid Waste.
Examples of Job Responsibilities:
Manage the division's accounting and internal control systems, policies and procedures, and financial data to ensure compliance with the requirements of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for State and Local Governments (GAAP).
Serve as the primary subject matter expert on GAAP for the division’s five funds. Interpret and apply GAAP to SWD business transactions to ensure balances that are properly stated.
Serve as the audit liaison between the Solid Waste Division (SWD), the Department of Executive Services Finance and Business Operations Division (FBOD), and the State Auditor’s Office (SAO) for all audits including Performance audits, the annual Accountability Audit, 2 CFR 200.501 (formerly “A-133”) Compliance Audit, and Financial Statement Audit. In this role, respond to audit requests in a timely way using complete and accurate backup documentation, defend entries and balances using the hierarchy of GAAP defined by GASB Pronouncement #76, write management corrective action plans, and track completion of prior action plans.
Conduct periodic risk assessments in accordance with the COSO Internal Control Framework and tune internal controls to correct any under-controlled or over-controlled risks ensuring continuous improvement of division accounting and financial reporting processes.
Identify, track and manage to performance indicators.
Develop, lead, and supervise a team of professionals that is proactive in ensuring correct accounting and financial reporting methods are being used throughout the division.
Establish and maintain an effective and collaborative working relationship with SWD management and staff.
Advise division staff about methods to accomplish the needed tasks within accounting standards, policies and procedures.
Identify and work to mitigate accounting and financial reporting related risks as they emerge.
Provide training to division staff related to accounting and financial reporting.
Ensure materials, references and policies related to accounting and financial reporting are up to date and available.
Represent the division at countywide finance manager and audit forums.
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field and a minimum of 3 years of increasingly responsible accounting administration experience or a combination of education and recent demonstrated experience which provides knowledge and skills necessary to effectively perform the job duties as listed above.
Superb attention to detail with demonstrated analytical, problem solving and research skills using accounting and financial reporting systems.
Experience working collaboratively with staff from multiple disciplines and from various levels of the organization and coordinating their work.
Experienced in developing, implementing and continuously improving administrative systems.
Ability to follow established policies and procedures
Demonstrated skills in maintaining and appropriately handling confidential information.
Demonstrated understanding and experience assisting project staff with procurement options and contract administration issues.
Proficient with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel including pivot tables and data analysis features.
Knowledge of contracting policies and procedures and skills to apply them
Ability to develop and effectively communicate ideas and recommendations, including briefs to senior management on procurement strategies, contract-related concerns, and other sensitive issues.
Successful candidates will also have the following core competencies:
Skilled in making good decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience and judgement
Ability and skills to set priorities by zeroing in on the critical few and using a sense of what will help or hinder goal accomplishment
Skilled in organizing by marshalling resources, orchestrating multiple activities at once and using resources effectively and efficiently.
Excellent planning skills by accurately scoping out length and difficulty of tasks and setting objectives and goals
Demonstrated skills and drive in Developing Direct Reports
Most competitive candidate will have:
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), or similar credential establishing mastery of financial reporting and internal control subject matter.
At least three (3) years of experience with governmental accounting standards as promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
The Solid Waste Division of King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks promotes waste reduction and recycling programs, and provides transfer and disposal services to King County residents via its eight transfer stations, two rural drop boxes and the only operational landfill within King County. The division maximizes ratepayer value by providing public access to efficient and reliable regional solid waste handling and disposal services at reasonable rates.