Accountant I

Thurston PUD Published: 20/8/2019
Lacey, Washington
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Position: Accountant I
Pay Range: $4,853 - $6,200 Monthly
Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Department: Finance and Accounting
Location: Lacey, WA
Reports to: Finance/Accounting and Customer Service Manager
Closing Date: Monday, September 2, 2019


About Thurston PUD

Established in 1938, Thurston PUD is a special-purpose municipal agency located in Lacey, WA. We currently own and operate 275 water systems, serving over 7,850 families, businesses, schools, and parks. Thurston PUD provides water planning and utility services to the citizens of Thurston County, and also own and operate water systems in Pierce and Lewis counties, one water system in King County, and a few water systems in Grays Harbor and Kitsap counties. The PUD is governed by three Commissioners, elected by the voters of Thurston County and elected to serve for 6 years. The Commissioners represent the three PUD Commission districts in Thurston County.

The District offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, group term life insurance, short- and long-term disability coverage, State of Washington PERS 401(a) retirement plan participation, deferred compensation plans, a monthly commute trip reduction incentive.


Public Utility District No. 1 of Thurston County (Thurston PUD) is actively recruiting for one (1) full-time Accountant I. This is a permanent, full-time, FLSA exempt (not overtime eligible) position.

The Accountant I will work under the direction of the Finance/Accounting and Customer Service Manager (FCSM), or the Assistant General Manager (AGM), and will perform a variety of technical accounting and administrative support work such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, contract and asset tracking maintenance, grant accounting, bank reconciliations, amortization and depreciation schedules, account reconciliations and internal audits in accordance with set guidelines.

This position also assists customers at the counter or via telephone and administers customer accounts as needed. The Accountant I may assist in rate studies, prepare and/or assist in the preparation of reports and spreadsheets as required. This position assists in budget preparation and comprehensive annual financial reports, and coordinates with the State Auditor during the audit of the District’s financial records.

Essential Duties:

  • Maintains and reconciles cash receipt postings and bank deposits to the general ledger and bank statements.
  • Performs monthly fund accounting bank reconciliations.
  • Prepares adjusting transactions required to correct the appropriate accounting records.
  • Prepares and/or assists with grant reimbursement requests and maintains records including financial reports for state and federal grants.
  • Maintains contract and cost tracking for capital asset projects.
  • Maintains amortization and depreciation schedules.
  • Performs multiple physical inventories of assets, reconcile and report any discrepancies.
  • Prepares and reports monthly, quarterly and yearly tax filings and statements.
  • Performs cash drawer and petty cash reconciliations and provides recommendations as needed for proper accounting procedures.
  • Performs monthly balance sheet account reconciliations.
  • Assists in the preparation of monthly accounting journal entries for posting to the general ledger to accurately reflect the distribution of income and expenses; maintains other fiscal records to support the reports issued by the department.
  • Assists in the preparation/compilation of the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) of the District.
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual budget and prepares budget resolutions and amendments for the District.
  • Assists management with budgeting analysis and variance reports for the Board of Commissioners.
  • Participates in the ongoing development and maintenance of a records management system.
  • Provides assistance to Accounting Assistants with the ability to perform essential functions including but not limited to payroll, accounts payable/receivable, and cash receipting.
  • Provides customer service, responds to routine inquiries, explains District policies, procedures, rate, charges and fees, and refers visitors or callers to other staff as needed.
  • Must exercise strong communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Required to keep customer and District information confidential.
  • Must have a history of having a team-oriented work ethic.
  • Must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stressful situations tactfully.
  • Must have the ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Must be able and willing to work nights and weekends occasionally if required.
  • Must demonstrate ability to meet deadlines.
  • Must be bondable.

Minimum Required Education/Experience/Abilities:

  • Education or experience equivalent to a course work at a bachelor’s degree level in Accounting or closely related field preferred, including courses in governmental accounting, and 2-3 years of experience in finance, accounting or purchasing.
  • Ability to interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
  • Proficient computer skills with thorough knowledge of spreadsheet and word processing programs, and networking systems. Preferred 2-3 years’ experience using database systems to maintain records and generate reports.
  • Must be able to work under pressure, to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Work in public sector accounting and finance and utilities is highly desired.
  • Ability to identify segregation of accounting duties and functions.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of accounting systems, including fund accounting.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State driver's license and have an acceptable driving record.
  • Must be extremely accurate.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Must be team oriented and able to work as a team member in a team environment.
  • Must be able to exercise decorum and discretion regarding personal and financial information.
  • Ability to exercise individual initiative and discretion in confidential matters and to respect confidential matters regarding other employees and commissioners.
  • Must be able to work under pressure, to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must be able to deal with irate or disgruntled individuals that will require the use of conflict management skills.
  • Must be innovative and have the ability to explore new techniques.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public.
  • Proficient computer skills with thorough knowledge of spreadsheet and word processing programs, and networking systems. Skill using database systems to maintain records and generate reports.
  • Knowledge of Prevailing Wage and Davis Bacon laws.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

Work is performed in an office setting which is busy, oriented to public service and subject to constant work interruptions. Employees may work under the stress of continual public and/or interoffice contacts and pressure to meet timelines. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit or stand for extended periods; see to read and analyze financial data; and hear and speak to exchange information. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, the ability to adjust focus and the ability to distinguish between shades of color. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


To be considered for this position, please fill out an application at and submit a letter of interest, resume and references. Please email your completed application packet to Ruth Clemens at or mail them to

Thurston PUD
Human Resources
1230 Ruddell Road SE
Lacey, WA 98503

You can also drop applications off to the address listed above.

All application materials must be received by Monday, September 2, 2019 to be considered during the first review of applicants.

For questions or other information related to this recruitment, please contact Finance/Accounting and Customer Service Manager TaSeana Tartt at (360) 357-8783 x111. Prior to employment, a criminal history background check and reference checks will be conducted on the top candidates. The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains policies for a drug-free and smoke-free work environment.