Financial Analyst

Thurston County
Full Time $6,074 - $8,079 Per year HI Hawaii, USA
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Overview

Thurston County is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of within the Central Services Department.

The Financial Analyst will be the fourth member of the Budgeting & Accounting Unit that supports both the Information Technology Department and the Central Services Department. The initial area of focus is in primary support of the Information Technology Department. 

The professional candidate in this position will perform essential accounting and budgeting work that includes financial research, planning, and analysis for management and stakeholders across all the Internal Service Funds under each of the departments. 

Essential job functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as a key team member in the coordination, preparation, and monitoring of multi-fund budgets.
  • Reviews, analyzes, develops, and recommends new or improved efficiencies, policies, procedures, and accounting standards and coordinates their implementation.
  • Assures accounting activities are in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles as well as federal, state, and county financial accounting procedures. Interprets federal and state guidelines. Analyzes and recommends changes to departmental accounting procedures. Establishes internal controls, performance standards and measurements. Provides training as needed.
  • Provides financial analysis for assigned projects and funds. Researches, develops and recommends financial processes, strategies, and methods. Interprets complex financial cost information and budget reports for management.
  • Provides a broad range of consulting services to various parties, including the Board of County Commissioners. Researches and responds to technical accounting questions. Creates financial reports, publications, documents, and other reporting projects as needed. Analyzes and resolves the most complex problems that arise and provides on- going technical expertise.
  • Assists in the coordination, preparation, and monitoring of multi-fund budgets.
  • Creates monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reporting in assigned functional area.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or closely related field.  Relevant experience may substitute for up to two years of education. 
  • Minimum three years of increasingly responsible governmental accounting experience including budgeting, financial analysis, forecasting, grants and contracts, general ledger, and fixed assets and one year of supervisory experience. 
  • Ability to utilize a personal computer and related software packages to perform word processing, analysis, information retrieval and tracking.
  • Knowledge of federal and state grant regulations as well as cost accounting standards is required. 
  • Must have knowledge of the State of Washington's Budgeting Accounting Reporting System (BARS) regulations governing local governments. 
  • Current Washington State Driver's License of have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation. 

Desired Skills

  • High level technical accounting skills: ability to make arithmetic calculations rapidly and accurately.
  • Knowledge of budget rate development, monitoring, and adjustment processes.  
  • Ability to evaluate accounting processes and a commitment to continuous process improvement.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with, provide leadership, and contribute to a team. Ability to organize and prioritize projects and lead staff to achieve goals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and present financial data in an understandable way.
  • Commitment to providing high-level customer service. 
  • Ability to work in a high-volume, fast-paced environment.
 
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