Yakima County 420-51 Senior Accountant, Clerk's Office in Yakima, Washington


There is one opening with the Yakima County Clerks Office. This position is responsible for the management of the financial division of the Clerk’s Office including supervision of assigned staff, banking functions, accounts payable/receivable; maintaining trust accounts, balancing financial ledgers and preparing quarterly and annual reports and other custom reports as requested.This recruitment may be used to fill other Senior Accountant openings within 90 days of the closing date of this recruitment.


Responsible for technical and training aspects of the Clerk’s financial division including banking functions, accounts payable/receivable; maintaining trust accounts, balancing financial ledgers and preparing quarterly and annual reports and other custom reports as requested. Negotiates, implements and monitor banking service relationships arranged for the Clerk’s Office.

Manages, evaluates and audits the entry, execution, collection/disbursement of all judgments, writs, orders of sale, registry liens, court fines, restitution payments, bail and collections.

Audits accounting records related to payroll, purchasing. Manages fixed assets and unclaimed property, approves expenditures and implements adjustments as necessary.

Works with other county departments to ensure financial processes are in compliance with county and state requirements.

As part of the Office management team, provides short/long range planning and direction to assure accuracy of court financial processes and quality service to the public. Coordinates / facilitates staff training on financial procedures and related software / equipment.

Plans, organizes and supervises the work of assigned subordinates. Recommends selection of staff, trains, evaluates and recommends disciplinary action as needed.

Researches legislative and regulatory changes and ensures the department’s compliance with applicable government laws; interprets complex legal procedures; develops recommendations for procedural or policy changes in the financial department as required.

Monitors and participates in the development and administration of the annual budgets. Prepares statistical reports as requested.

Recommends, develops and implements proposals for existing and new technology needs and issues in the financial department.

Assumes duties of the Clerk or other managers in their absence if requested. Performs other duties as assigned such as ordering of office equipment and supplies.


Education and Experience:Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration and 3 years of professional level accounting experience 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

  • Successful completion of a comprehensive criminal and financial background investigation and general employment verification

  • Governmental accounting experience

  • Financial auditing experience


  • Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

  • Managerial /supervisory experience

  • Experience working within the legal / court systems

Microsoft Office and/or Accounting exercises may be required as a part of the interviewing process.

Equipment Used:Computer, calculator, automated financial systems and other software as required; printers, copiers, fax, telephone, scanning and imaging equipment; passenger vehicle

Working Conditions:Environmental Demands: travel, multiple work locations, work in locked down facility(s). May be exposed to hostile / angry individuals; work outside of standard business hours and locations. Physical Demands: bending, carrying, handling, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, crouching, kneeling, hearing, walking, fingering, visual acuity. Intellectual Demands: ability to multitask, confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction.


  • Knowledge of pertinent local, state and federal laws regarding public finance

  • Knowledge of office and/or records management systems, processes and procedures

  • Demonstrated ability to interpret policies and procedures and to analyze complex financial problems

  • Practices and principles of project management

  • GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles)

  • BARS (Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System)

  • GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board)

  • Financial theories and principles, including audit functions

  • Laws and regulations governing area of assignment

  • Cost analyses accounting principles

  • Governmental and fund accounting theories and principles


  • Skills in facilitating group processes, including goal-setting, staff motivation, and team leadership

  • Applying GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures)

  • BARS (Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System)

  • Assigning and monitoring the work of others

  • Interpreting policies, procedures, laws and regulations

  • Analyzing financial information

  • Preparing sound financial recommendations

  • Paying attention to detail and accuracy

  • Preparing complex financial reports and statements

  • 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

  • Written and oral communication sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give or receive work direction

Working TitleSenior Accountant


TypeRegular Full Time Budgeted

FLSA StatusNon-Exempt

DepartmentClerk's Office


Required Testing/ExercisesMicrosoft Office and/or Accounting exercises may be required as a part of the interviewing process.

UnionTeamsters-Clerk Supervisors

Open Date1/10/2019

Close Date1/21/2019

Compensation$4,654 per month