Accounting Manager

  • City of Kennewick, WA
  • Kennewick, Washington
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Accounting and Finance
  • Salary: $94,608.00 - $132,456.00 Annually USD

Job Description


This position will remain open until filled with a first review after three (3) weeks.

Update: (June 20th, 2023) We are continuing to accept applications while we conduct the first review.

The City of Kennewick will provide excellent public service and ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community and one another through the empowerment of each employee. We value integrity, inclusiveness, stewardship, and communication. We are accountable to our community for innovative and collaborative efforts that anticipate needs, leverage resources, and deliver solutions.

We expect our employees to ensure compliance with all applicable safety practices and policies, including those established by OSHA/DOSH regulations and by the City’s Accident Prevention Plan. This includes but is not limited to actively identifying and correcting potential hazards that may affect employee and public safety, including those identified by co-workers. Leading by example to promote a positive culture of workplace safety through everyday action; emphasizing safe completion of work throughout all aspects of developing and carrying out work plans.

Under the direction of the Finance Director, plans, organizes, and manages the City’s accounting program including any combination of financial reporting, budgeting, debt administration, general ledger and core financial system maintenance, as well as supervision of both professional and paraprofessional staff in performing the required activities. This is a single position classification. It is not part of a series.
Examples of Work Performed (Illustrative Only)
The following list reflects the essential job duties and responsibilities of this classification, but should not be considered all-inclusive. The incumbent will be expected to perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Supervises the performance of both professional and paraprofessional accounting staff. Supervision includes training, work assignment and review, performance appraisal, employee evaluation, and making employment and pay rate change recommendations.
  • Assists the Finance Director in preparing reports, presentations, and conducting various financial analyses as needed.
  • Oversees year-end reporting and closing functions, including the preparation of the City’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) as well as other quarterly and annual budgetary and financial reports.
  • Oversees project accounting and is responsible for grant accounting and reporting for the City’s capital improvement program (CIP).
  • Ensures appropriate governmental accounting concepts are being correctly and consistently applied within financial statements and reports. Makes recommendations to the Finance Director regarding reporting deficiencies or other areas for improvement that have been identified.
  • Oversees the City’s debt administration program, including compliance monitoring and preparation of all required external compliance reporting. Assists the Finance Director in preparing financial information and presentations associated with the issuance of bonds or other financing transactions.
  • Evaluates accounting system requirements and makes recommendations regarding system needs, improvements, and enhancements. Provides oversight and monitors internal control structure to ensure they are appropriate in all aspects of daily operations. Makes necessary recommendations regarding improvements to the accounting system and/or internal control environment.
  • Maintains journals, ledgers, and other complex financial records and establishes the total financial status of various funds and reconciles discrepancies.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field and five or more years experience in the preparation of financial statements and reports and the interpretation and application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), or any combination of relevant education and experience sufficient to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform duties listed above. Two years of experience in a project lead or supervisory capacity is preferred.
  • Must pass a criminal background investigation.
  • Must maintain a level of mental and physical fitness required to perform the essential functions of this classification.
  • Must maintain regular attendance and punctuality.

Physical Requirements:
To perform the essential functions of the classification, incumbents must be able to meet the following physical requirements: must regularly talk, hear/listen, see/observe, sit, stand and walk; must regularly demonstrate fine motor skills; must occasionally exert up to 10 pounds of force.

Work Schedule
The initial work schedule for this classification will be full-time, Monday through Friday. Early mornings, evenings, and weekend work may be occasionally required. Overtime may be occasionally required. This classification is exempt under the FLSA.

The benefits listed below are those currently enjoyed by full-time City of Kennewick Non-Contract employees. It is important to remember that over the course of time these benefits may change - they are not permanent. Benefits may change through City Council or administrative action or changes mandated by state and federal law.

Paid Holidays
12 per year (9 scheduled; 3 “floating”)
New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and three floating holidays selected by the employee. An employee will accrue one of the three floating holidays on each of the following days: February 1, February 12, and August 31. An employee will only accrue a floating holiday on these days if actually employed.

Paid Time Off (PTO)
The purpose of PTO is to compensate employees for absences due to injury, illness, vacation and personal business. In addition, the program is designed to provide employees with personal flexibility regarding the use of leave hours. PTO hours accrue based upon the actual number of regular hours worked.

Accrual per Month:
0-5yrs 6-9yrs 10-14yrs 15-19yrs 20-24yrs 25-29yrs 30+yrs
12 hours 15 hours 17 hours 19 hours 21 hours 23 hours 25 hours

Retirement Plan
All City employees are members of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). The City and the employee both contribute toward the plan. PERS provides regular retirement and disability retirement benefits. City employees also participate in the Social Security Program. Rates effective as of 09/01/2023. ( )

PERS Employee Contribution Rate Employer Contribution Rate
Plan II 6.36% 9.53%
Plan III Employee Choice (see booklet) 9.53%

Deferred Comp
The City contributes an equivalent of 5% of your regular monthly salary to Mission Square Retirement (previously ICMA) deferred compensation program. No employee match required, but employees may contribute towards plan if desired. ( )

Medical, Dental& Vision Insurance
The City currently pays the entire dental and vision insurance premiums for the employee and dependents.Employee current premium share is $180.00 per month for medical insurance to cover themselves and dependents.

Life Insurance
1.5 x annual salary (not to exceed $250K) provided by the City of Kennewick. Employee may purchase Voluntary Term Life Insurance for employee, spouse and/or dependents through New York Life (previously Cigna).

Long Term Disability
The City pays the entire long-term disability premium for employees through New York Life (previously Cigna).

Wellness Program
The Wellness Program has been established to encourage employee health and fitness, both at work and at home. A City Wellness Committee promotes and provides opportunities for healthy lifestyles. Employee fitness center is open to all employees and their spouses.

Employee Assistance
An Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is provided by the City to assist you and family members, providing counseling and treatment in such areas as stress, drug and alcohol abuse and family counseling.

Other Benefits Offered
  • Flexible Spending Plan (Pre-Tax Deduction for Medical/Dental and Day Care)
  • Aflac Supplemental Insurance
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Overtime
  • Direct Deposit (paydays are 5th and 20th of the month)

Base Pay


Job Address

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