Financial Analyst, Senior

Thurston County
Full Time $7,045 - $9,393 Per year WA 3000 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501, United States


PLEASE NOTE: This employment opportunity will remain open until filled - first review of applications will occur on or near July 3, 2024. The Thurston County Auditor’s Office reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. To ensure consideration for this position, please submit your application as soon as possible.The is looking for a professional and reliable Senior Financial Analyst to join our team. In this position, you will provide complex technical support to the organization in various areas of governmental accounting.
This position performs senior level financial research, planning and analysis within an assigned functional area of responsibility. This position oversees various accounting functions and related financial reports and serves as a key team member in the development of financial information systems. Supervises assigned accounting staff and assures the County's compliance with State and Federal regulations and standards.
Additional duties may include but would not be limited to the following:
  • Provides financial analysis and long-range planning for assigned Countywide projects and funds. Researches, develops, and recommends financial processes, strategies, methods, plans, policies and procedures. Develops models for forecasting and recommends financing. Interprets financial cost information and budget reports for management.
  • Reviews the work of accounting staff within other County departments. Oversees accounting activities to assure that they are in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles as well as federal, state and County financial accounting procedures. Analyzes and recommends changes to departmental accounting procedures and approves adjustments to department accounting and financial records. Provides training as needed.
  • Coordinates and creates monthly, quarterly, and annual Countywide financial reporting. Develops accounting systems and coordinates the production of financial publications, documents, and other reporting projects as needed.
  • Serves as a key staff representative for the design and utilization of existing and new financial information systems. Analyzes system capabilities and user requirements, and coordinates system installation and review. Develops policies and procedures for installed systems.
  • Interprets federal and state guidelines and ensures the County 's compliance with federal, state, County and other applicable accounting rules and regulations. May serve as a liaison with the GASB, State Auditor's Office or other agencies. Advanced working knowledge of the State of Washington's Budgeting Accounting Reporting System.
  • Provides a broad range of consulting services to departments, offices, advisory and citizen groups, and to the Board of County Commissioners. Researches and responds to technical accounting questions, interprets financial, cost and budget reports, creates management and summary level reports as needed. May participate in preparing the financial components of complex contracts and agreements.
  • Serves as a lead or department representative on various interdepartmental and intergovernmental accounting task teams, as needed.
  • Prepares and provides financial information to assist other departments in the development of their budget.
  • Supervises the work of assigned staff, including responsibility for staff training, performance, evaluation, and recommending personnel actions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a closely related field. Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.
  • Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in government finance, accounting, auditing, financial reporting, or budgets, and one year of supervisory experience.

Desired Skills

  • A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington is preferred.

  • An MBA or MPA in finance, accounting, management, business administration or equivalent.

  • Advanced and comprehensive working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Practices, Governmental Accounting Standard Board's pronouncements (Statements, Interpretations, Technical bulletins, and Exposure Drafts), Financial Accounting Standards 

  • Board pronouncements, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards, and other pronouncements of nationally recognized accounting and auditing organizations.

  • Advanced and comprehensive working knowledge of federal and state grant regulations as well as other cost accounting standards to be used with the indirect cost plans.

  • Advanced and comprehensive working knowledge of designing, developing, and implementing automated financial information systems.

  • Ability to train and supervise the work of others.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.