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3 Aug 2021

Full-Time Accountant I – $24.04-$38.46/hour – ACCOU01960

Sound Transit – Posted by Sound Transit Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

SALARY: $‎24.04 – $‎38.46


The ideal candidate performs a variety of accounting duties applying generally accepted accounting principles and practices and within a framework of agency policies and procedures. Working independently on assigned tasks, assistance may be required interpreting and applying principles, policies, and procedures not frequently encountered.


The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

• Updates and maintains accounting records for assigned account balances, ensuring accuracy, proper documentation, and compliance with applicable procedures and regulations.

• Uses review techniques and practices to ensure the integrity and accuracy of recorded information; works with established spreadsheets and queries and downloaded data. Performs integrity checks for data and reports; prepares routine reports, statements, analyses, and interpretation; may prepare analysis of account details or expenditures for review.

• Monitors, reviews, and reconciles assigned accounts; performs standard reconciliations to statements, subsidiary ledgers, and accounts; makes recommendations for corrections and prepares journal entries for review.

• Gathers data and facts for research and analysis; performs general calculations of a less complex nature for use by management and in support of assigned accounting functions; applies independent judgment and expertise to complete assignments, including changes specific to assigned area. Able to communicate results of work product to appropriate parties.

• Demonstrates continuous effort to improve activities, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service; makes recommendations for needed training for internal customers.

• May be assigned or provide back-up to other Divisional functions and activities including those related to payroll, accounts payable, billing, and accounts receivable.

• Brings to the attention of management when assigned accounting data indicates trends or situations requiring action to be taken beyond scope of responsibilities and may make recommendations.

• Provides input on revisions to desk procedures for assigned function; may participate in development and implementation of new or revised accounting systems.

• Works on other projects as requested; may serve on a committee as assigned; attends and participates in professional group meetings.

• Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in assigned field; maintains awareness of federal, state, and local regulations and impact of changes on the Agency.

• Provide strong customer service and may assist other agency staff and provide training in assigned area.

• Champions and models Sound Transit’s core values and demonstrates values-based behaviors in everyday interactions across the agency.

• Contributes to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in alignment with Sound Transit’s Equity & Inclusion Policy.

• It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.

• It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.

• Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Associate’s Degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field and three years of accounting experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:


Required Knowledge and Skills:

• General accounting principles and practices including GAAP, GAAS, FASB, and GASB.

• Accounting processes, procedures, and internal control design.

• Automated enterprise-wide financial accounting systems and software for processing and reporting financial transactions.

• Industry principles and practices of assigned area.

• Report preparation and presentation.

• Principles and procedures of financial record keeping/reporting and files and information retrieval systems.

• Analytic review techniques over transactions, account balances, reconciliations, and reports.

• Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel.

• Mathematical principles.

• Pertinent state and federal regulations; Agency policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.

• Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

• Customer service methods and techniques.

• Operating automated financial management systems as well as word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

• Working with journal entries, chart of account structures, and subsidiary ledgers and related transactions.

• Understanding technical accounting and industry concepts and directions and perform professional accounting functions.

• Identifying and researching basic accounting issues and problems and make recommendations to resolve them.

• Applying or interpreting agency policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of a less complex nature.

• Written and oral communication, including ability to summarize and document analysis, conclusions, policies, and procedures in a concise and readable manner by others.

• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups, and the general public.

• Preparing a variety of basic financial and administrative reports.

• Performing mathematical calculations and analyses.

• Planning and organizing work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.

• Identifying and resolving general problems in a timely manner using sound judgment.

• Responding to general inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:  

• Work is performed in a standard office environment.

• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds.

• The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.

Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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To apply, please visit the link below or visit soundtransit.org/get-to-know-us/jobs and click on "current job listings". https://recruiting.ultipro.com/SOU1036SOUND/JobBoard/dcc5dbea-875e-4cd1-bfd2-8e046cecc54f/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=47b6e7aa-65c3-4d8b-9d8b-6490ed2a8d58

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: #finance, #transportation, AA, Accountant, Accounting, associates degree, ba, business, business admin, business administration, office, seattle, and Transit. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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