General Accounting Lead (Fiscal Analyst 4)
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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Financial Services Division within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a General Accounting Lead (Fiscal Analyst 4) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.
Ecology is the administering agency for 47 of the state’s funds. In this role, you will be responsible for collaborating with agency budget staff on chart of accounts development, quarterly reconciliation of agency accounts and general ledgers, developing fiscal procedures, coordinating preparation and processing of transactions for cost allocation, agency direct cost, and fund equity distributions.
The Contracts, Grants, Loans and General Accounting Unit is located within the Fiscal Office. The Fiscal Office and Budget Office make up the Financial Services Division (FSD). The FSD is one of six administrative divisions that serve Ecology. The FSD’s core work is to manage the agency’s financial resources and support agency planning so the agency can meet environmental goals and strategic priorities. FSD provides centralized financial support in accounting, budget, contracts, purchasing, and inventory. The result is Ecology managers, the Governor, State Auditor, Office of Financial Management, and the Legislature have confidence in Ecology and our financial information, and can use it to make crucial decisions affecting the environment.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is expected to work in the office at least one day per week. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding health-screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 31, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 30, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
About the Department of Ecology
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
What makes this role unique?
In this role, you will be responsible for creating the chart of accounts in the Agency Financial Reporting System (AFRS). In order to accomplish this, you will work closely with agency budget managers, cost recovery staff, and federal grants staff. Quarterly reconciliations are done for each fund and payable general ledger.
What you will do:
- Reconcile agency-administered accounts and general ledgers per state policy.
- Provide guidance to Ecology budget managers to prepare and maintain all components represented in the agency chart of accounts.
- Develop fiscal procedures and coordinate preparation and processing of transactions for cost allocation, agency direct cost, and fund equity distributions.
- Serve as the agency lead in interagency payable reconciliation during fiscal year close.
- Prepare agency accounts for accurate 1099 reporting.
- Provide consultative services and expertise to Ecology staff regarding accounting policy, procedures and controls, and agency financial systems.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment and educational experience. See below for how you may qualify.
A total of Eight (8) years of experience and/or education as described below:
Professional level Experience: in state accounting and must have intermediate proficiency using Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Outlook; Must be able to create, edit, modify, save, and delete documents and spreadsheets; This includes locating and accurately modifying existing files and templates for reuse.
Education: from an accredited college or university in business, accounting, public administration, or closely related discipline, with a minimum of 18 quarter or 12 semester hours in accounting, auditing.
Experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:
College credit hours or degree as described above.
Years of required experience - as listed above.
Must have at least 18 quarter or 12 semester hours of college-level accounting.
8 years of experience
30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits, which includes at least 18 quarter or 12 semester hours of college-level accounting.
7 years of experience
60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree), which includes at least 18 quarter or 12 semester hours of college-level accounting.
6 years of experience
90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits, which includes at least 18 quarter or 12 semester hours of college-level accounting.
5 years of experience
A Bachelor's Degree or higher with a minimum of 18 quarter or 12 semester hours of college-level accounting.
4 years of experience
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- 30 quarter or 20 semester hours of college-level accounting and three or more years of relevant experience.
- Demonstrated knowledge of state of Washington enterprise systems for accounting and reporting (AFRS, Enterprise Reporting-standard and Web Intelligence).
- Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, and organize workloads to meet deadlines.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
- Your college transcript (official or unofficial) that lists completed college-level accounting credits and demonstrates you meet the minimum college-level accounting credit requirement.
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
- Three professional references.
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When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):
- Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
- Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.
Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees:
Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.
The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.
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Why work for Ecology?
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.
Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.
Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
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Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.