Yakima County Human Resources

  • 121-XXX Financial Specialist - Public Services Accounting

    Working Title
    Financial Specialist - Accounts Payable & Receivable
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Public Services-Accounting
    Required Testing/Exercises
    There will be a Written Accounting Exercise and an Excel Exercise during the Interview Process.
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $16.74 per hour
  • Overview

    There is one opening with Yakima County Public Services, Accounting Division.  This position is responsible for performing specialized accounting support activities involving receiving, reviewing, processing, monitoring and auditing of a variety of documents, deposits, payments, grant applications, contracts or collections; responds to questions and inquiries regarding the special area of assignment for Public Services.

    There will be a written Accounting Exercise and an Excel Exercise during the Interview Process.  


    This recruitment may be used to fill future openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date


    Work may be assigned in any combination for support of the following or other accounting areas:

    • Drainage Improvement Districts
    • Irrigation Districts
    • Local Improvement Districts
    • Utility Billing
    • Fixed Assets
    • Solid Waste Accounting
    • Equipment Rental and Repair
    • County Road
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Flood Control
    • Storm Water Utility
    • Building Fire and Safety
    • Planning 

    Tracks/checks and analyzes account activity for policy/grant/contract/expenditure limit compliance per internal controls set at higher level.


    Applies judgement beyond application of established procedures when performing activities such as: depreciating property, setting up complex customer accounts, assigning portions of expenditures/damage to charge to multiple parties, or determining appropriate inter-fund transfers.


    Troubleshoots AP or AR problems such as computer system or processing delay problems which may be caused outside of Public Services. Takes corrective action and prepares recommendations for supervisor.


    Performs credit checks with authorization to approve credit and set up credit account. Monitors delinquent accounts and administers proper action beyond initial penalty phase (e.g. shut-off service or credit account). Prepares payment and/or collection plans with authorization to make exceptions to standard practice.


    Prepares a variety of complex (I.Q.) or other financial system reports and technical documents requiring manipulation of data in a computer system. May serve as computer liaison for specific system.


    Applies or verifies job cost codes to complex invoices or those which require interdepartmental communication to resolve issues. Corrects errors/re-runs batches when returned from Auditor’s Office and obtain appropriate auditing officer signatures.


    Serves as lead to Financial Technicians in support of the accounting function assigned. Responds to questions and provides advice. Under the guidance of professional staff, maintains systems and trains staff in computer use and procedures in areas such as the FAMS Inventory System, Paradigm, Springbrook, Cayenta or other systems. Performs related site audits to determine additional training needs; advises appropriate managers.


    Analyzes historical information gathered and prepares summary reports to assist professionals in financial forecasting.


    Other duties required including traveling to multiple locations to verify and perform inventory counts of tracked assets and rolling stock inventory; May work in a lead capacity over Financial Technicians providing support to an assigned activity.


    Education and Experience: Associate’s Degree in Finance or Business related area of study and one year of general accounting support or related experience including six months in area of specialty OR a High School Diploma and Three years of general accounting support or related experience including six months in area of specialty OR an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.




    Valid WA State Driver’s License and proof of insurance, if requested.

    Financial background check and general employment verification.


    Note: This position is an integral part of the inventory verification team. Throughout the year an employee in this position will be required to travel to multiple locations to verify inventory counts which requires all the physical demands listed above and the exertion of 20 pounds or more. Position is also required to move bankers boxes with archival records from active files to the archival storage.


    This position is a Clerical, Technical & Professional Employees Group Bargaining Unit Position. 



    Equipment Used: Computer, calculator and other general office equipment; passenger vehicle.  


    Working Conditions / Physical Requirements: Environmental conditions: exposure to weather, vibration, travel, multiple work locations, field work. Physical demands: bending, carrying, handling, lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, fingering, balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching, kneeling, reclining, hearing, smelling, talking, visual acuity. Intellectual demands: ability to multi-task, confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction. Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.




    • Basic accounting theories and principles
    • General knowledge of financial specialty assignment area
    • Basic mathematics
    • Customer service techniques
    • Office practices
    • Phone etiquette


    • Reviewing and verifying accounting information
    • Attention to detail and accuracy
    • Preparing and processing documents related to assignment area function
    • Performing a variety of calculations for payroll, taxes and invoices
    • Using office equipment such as phones, copies, calculators and fax machines
    • Using a personal computer and related software applications
    • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials at all organizational levels and with the public
    • Communication, both oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give or receive work direction.




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