Principal Accountant -Term Limited

City Of Seattle, WA Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 11 months ago

Position Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

The Human Services Department (HSD), a department of the City of Seattle, funds and operates programs and services that meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people our community families and individuals with low incomes, children, domestic violence and sexual assault victims, homeless people, seniors, and persons with disabilities. We invest in programs that help people gain independence and success.

Reporting to HSD's Leadership and Administration Division's Risk Manager, the Auditor (Principal Accountant) position is part of the Fiscal Compliance Team and will analyze reports and note any issues or items that need to be brought to the attention of the program specialists, program managers, and HSD- funded agencies. Conduct on-site comprehensive fiscal review of selected agencies annually, write monitoring reports and provided agencies with technical assistance to improve financial systems and internal controls. Review audit reports, financial reviews and Form 990s from non-profits, for profits and governmental agencies for compliance with City and federal contract requirements. Conduct fraud and internal investigations and other special projects for the Department.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Create, revise, and edit policies that impact the Department, Unit, and Team regarding fiscal review, compliance, and risk mitigation.

  • As a subject matter expert, provide advice on internal controls, compliance, audit and financial management standards to partner agencies and department staff.

  • Perform sensitive special assignments, including Mayor's/City Council/HSD's Director's directive; evaluating improprieties and potential fraud activities; investigating whistleblower complaints; and recommending solutions to internal control issues.

  • Supervise and provide lead oversight and assurance to Risk Management Analyst that monthly invoices are supported by adequate documentation by reviewing and monitoring invoices as appropriate. Coordinate and assist the Risk Manager with the audits that are conducted on the Department, Division, Unit, and/or programs.

  • Conduct on-site financial and operational fiscal reviews of HSD-funded agencies from beginning to end to determine compliance and contractual obligations. Manage projects to assess work processes and identify gaps in financial operations or internal controls.Perform data and workflow analysis.Identify and communicate areas of concerns, offering recommendations for improvement to minimize risk for the agency and HSD.

  • Review audit and financial statement reports, and Form 990s submitted by nonprofit, for profit and governmental partner agencies for compliance with federal, state, local regulations and with accounting standards and contractual obligations.

  • Analyze audit and financial statement reports, and Form 990s and note any findings, issues or items of concern that need to be addressed with corrective actions in accordance with Uniform Guidance requirements.

  • Participate in the review of financial statements/budget proposals during the RFP/RFI process assessing the financial health, soundness and risks on agencies.

  • Aid in the development and monitoring of an annual Fiscal Compliance Team work plan including ongoing coordination with external auditors and staff; retaining audit records and maintaining outcomes of external audits.

  • Aid in the development of training materials and programs on conducting financial reviews, analysis, monitoring and internal controls.

Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field (requires satisfactory completion of at least 24 semester hours or 36 quarter credit units in accounting with no substitution allowed) (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

  • Experience: Four (4) years professional experience in auditing, accounting, financial analysis (including analysis of accounting and bookkeeping systems, documenting findings and creating and presenting reports) management and organizational analysis, grant, contract and inter-agency agreement administration, budget management, or other related work.

Desired Qualifications

  • One to three years of experience in a Lead/Supervisor role coaching, mentoring, training staff; creating work plans; and holding one on one meetings with staff.

  • Ability to work independently and multitask under minimal and limited supervision efficiently managing time and workload, which includes planning, organizing, prioritizing and following through on a variety of tasks, assignments, projects and reports.

  • Knowledge of uniform guidance requirements, generally accepted accounting principles, generally accepted auditing standards, generally accepted government auditing standards, governmental accounting standards board, proper audit procedures, techniques and internal controls.

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills, creative problem-solving skills and a proven ability to work collaboratively with a diverse workforce.

  • Experience in auditing, fiscal analysis, budget management, financial forecasting, risk management, financial modeling and analytics; public sector budget, grant management experience a plus.

  • Ability to conduct financial reviews and/or design financial accounting systems and use effective judgment and problem-solving skills to make reasonable business decisions and recommendations.Maintain confidentiality and safeguard sensitive information Proficiency in recommending creative and innovative resolutions to internal control weaknesses.

  • Strong written, oral, negotiation and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with tact and diplomacy to staff, community-based organizational groups, and elected officials.

  • Proficiency working with Windows-based software including Internet, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

  • Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Forensic Accountant or other appropriate professional certification a plus.

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