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24 Jan 2024

Tax & Fee Accounting Manager (WMS Band 2)

wslcbjobs@lcb.wa.gov Olympia, Washington, United States

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WSLCB Vision
Safe communities for Washington StateMission
Promote public safety and trust through fair administration and enforcement of liquor, tobacco cannabis and vapor laws
This recruitment is open until filled. First review of applications will be February 06, 2024, please submit an application on or before February 05, 2024. The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time. We encourage all to apply as early as possible.


This position is currently eligible to telework. This position is required to work in the office at least 1 day per week. This may change based on business needs. 


Who we are

The mission of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is to promote public safety and trust through fair administration, education and enforcement of liquor, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor laws. We search for people who demonstrate a strong work ethic, excellence in customer service, partnering and teamwork, and quality performance.
We want to create a culture that fosters excellence in customer service, open and honest communication, transparency and accountability, data driven decisions, and business-initiated process improvement.

Our commitment to DEIB
The WSLCB strives to promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in all aspects of our work. This includes a commitment to our workforce and external stakeholders.

It is our mission to build, educate, and inspire an inclusive environment that recognizes, respects, and celebrates diversity in the workplace and in the community we serve. We are committed to maintaining a thriving culture where employees and those we serve feel safe and accepted regardless of education, background, or beliefs. As a WSLCB team member, you will have opportunity to join statewide business resource groups (BRGs) such as, Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion NetworkVeteran Employee Resource GroupLatino Leadership NetworkBlacks United in Leadership and DiversityDisability Inclusion NetworkWashington Immigrant Network and Hawaiians, Asians, and Pacific Islanders Promoting an Empowerment Network.
Your opportunity at a glance:

The WSLCB Finance Division is announcing an exciting opportunity for a Tax & Fee Accounting Manager (WMS Band 2) position in Olympia, WA. This is a Washington Management Service (WMS) Band 2 position that reports to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

In this role, you will manage the tax & fee accounting units that are responsible for the tax and fee collection process for beer, wine, spirits, and cannabis. This position serves as the agency expert on agency processes, procedures, WAC and RCWs related to beer and wine taxes, cannabis taxes, spirit retailer and spirit distributor fees and reporting requirements. You will also supervise three Fiscal Analyst 5 positions, and a section of 12 professional staff overall performing financial reviews, monitoring, analyzing, processing corrections, desk audits and processing tax and fee revenue reporting.

If you have an interest in a Tax & Fee accounting Manager position, we encourage you to apply to be a part of the WSLCB team!

WSLCB provides a modern work environment and excellent benefits including:


  • A comprehensive benefits package (including but not limited to Medical/Dental/Vision, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance etc.)
  • Paid Vacation, Leave, and Holidays
  • Tuition Waiver (enrollment in courses at state universities/colleges on a space availability basis – all or a portion of the tuition/fees may be waived for state employees)
  • Tuition reimbursement (courses taken with prior approval in order to further employee’s career development with the WSLCB)
  • Training and career development programs (including online courses and LinkedIn Learning)
  • A healthy work/life balance (this may include flexible/alternative work schedules and telework/remote work opportunities, when possible)
  • Employee Assistance Program – confidential program created to promote the health, safety and well-being of public service employees
  • Generous wellness program (we offer reimbursements for certain fitness related activities)
  • Onsite exercise facility (for employees working at WSLCB Headquarter Building in Olympia)
  • Infants at Work Program to promote parent and infant bonding, parental well-being and healthy infant development. Depending on your job duties, work location and supervisor approval, eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers or legal guardians can bring their infant (six weeks to six months) when they return to work.
  • Free parking




Some of the duties you will perform are:

  • Manage professional staff in the field of Tax and Fee accounting which includes the responsibility for training and developing 12 Beer and Wine Tax, Cannabis Tax and Spirits Fee accounting staff in financial matters, allowable license privilege activity, processes, and procedures.
  • Serve as the agency expert on process, procedures, and interpretation of WAC and RCWs related to beer, cannabis and wine taxes, distributor, and retailer spirit fees, and reporting requirements. Make recommendations to senior leadership regarding policy decisions, legislative actions, and other financial program related activities.
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of Tax & Fee accounting related policies, procedures, forms, and internal controls.
  • Product manager and agency systems administrator of the Beer and Wine Intranet Tax System, Spirit Fee System and Cannabis GP System. Coordinate with the IT division on actions needed regarding the Tax & Fee systems.
  • Internal liaison between agency auditors, licensing and enforcement divisions regarding tax and spirit fee reporting, monitoring and compliance. Responsible for making recommendations of enforcement action and audits. Make recommendations to licensing division on license suspensions and revocations related to missing reports, spirit fee and taxes.
  • Analyze revenue data at sub-program, appropriation, object, and major group source level within Washington State accounting system to ensure timely and accurate reporting of financial data.
  • Represent the Finance Division as the lead for the Systems Modernization Project (SMP).
  • Share knowledge and work in partnership with other agency managers and supervisors to improve processes.
  • Ensure timely and accurate submission of all revenue accounting reconciliations.
  • Serve on internal and external workgroups in the development of Fiscal notes for RCW legislation and changes to RCW and WAC pertaining to beer and wine tax reporting.
  • Serve as the backup to the CFO, responsible staff and peer managers when needed or requested.





Required Qualifications:
• A bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, finance and accounting, or related field, which includes 18 quarter or 12 semester hours in accounting, auditing, or budgeting.



Four years of relevant professional experience including experience in leadership/management and experience interpreting WACs and RCWs. Relevant experience is within an area related to financial, fiscal, accounting, auditing, etc.



• Any combination of relevant education and professional experience totaling eight years. Education must include the required credit hours in accounting.


• A master’s degree in a financial related field and the following certifications can substitute for two years of required professional experience: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Management Accountant.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Expert knowledge of accounting principles methodologies, practices, and terminology relating to beer, wine, distributor and retailer licensing fee and tax reporting and collection, including related WACs and RCWs.
  • Ten years’ experience reading and interpreting proposed or existing RCWs and WACs.
  • Ten years’ experience in a leadership or management role.
  • Strong financial analysis and cost allocation skills.
  • Knowledgeable of internal and external audit principals, procedures, and practices.
  • Knowledge of internal and statewide financial systems such as AFRS, Ad hoc Query System, I-Series, and the Beer & Wine Reporting System.
  • Strong Excel Skills.
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