The Finance Department/Utilities Accounting Division is seeking an MA III to provide comprehensive analysis, management support, and maintain City's Fiscal Sustainability strategic goal by performing quantitative and qualitative analysis, project management support and lead responsibilities for Utilities Accounting staff.
This position will conduct research and analysis; oversee and review the work of others; provide consultation; and identify and develop recommendations for process improvement. The position uses accounting knowledge, understands and interprets complex accounting principles and pronouncements to provide advice and consultation to executive-level City management, co-workers, and internal departments in support of the financial reporting process. This position will also prepare and recommend City-wide policies related to accounting treatment and interpretations, and provide back-up coverage for select Division Manager tasks.
Many of the tasks this position will be responsible for are project based. Project responsibilities include but are not limited to; defining project goals, tasks, required resources, and schedule. This position may also be responsible for the completion of deliverables, providing support to the team, monitoring and reporting on project progress, presenting project reports to stakeholders, implementing and managing change when needed and providing completion reports to evaluate and assess the results of the project.
The City of Tacoma has a very generous benefit package including:
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, with five years' progressive experience in a finance office performing similar functions; highly proficient in Microsoft Office products and an understanding of financial accounting and reporting.
Knowledge & Skills
Use data and information in a clear and rational process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions. Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts to draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports which require displaying and presenting statistical, graphical, and other reporting methods.
Effectively identify, collect, organize and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful for subsequent assessment, analysis, and investigation using current software and techniques. Compile and maintain reports, records and various other forms of pertinent information in an organized and professional manner.
Problem Solving; Technical Knowledge
Use intelligence, common sense, hard work and tenacity to solve particularly difficult or complicated challenges, manage multiple deadlines, and must work well with little to no supervision. Operate assigned software (i.e. Excel, Word and PowerPoint) in support of business unit goals.
Effective communication both verbal and in writing including the compilation of reports, presentations and records; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results. Effectively communicate highly technical accounting information to audiences of varying backgrounds and finance experience. Makes excellent customer service a high priority, responding to changing customer needs, and helping customers implement complete solutions.
Conduct all assignments in a professional and timely manner. Work with confidentiality and discretion. Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of field of assigned specialty through continued education and/or training. Model effective group behavior such as listening, discussing, negotiating, encouraging, motivating, have positive interactions and teambuilding skills. Remain current by reading and interpreting applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Selection Process & Supplemental Information
Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing your experience, training, and expertise as it relates to the responsibilities of this position.
Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position will be invited to participate in the interview process.
Appointment is subject to passing a background check.