General Ledger Accountant

Walla Walla Community College
Bellingham, WA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is seeking applicants for a General Ledger Accountant position at the Walla Walla campus.

At Walla Walla Community College, we inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services. We have identified three core themes that describe the fundamental aspects of the College's mission by translating it into practice: Student Success, Strong Communities, and Resource Stewardship. As an organization, we value learning opportunities, a sense of community, diversity, health and humor, excellence, integrity, teamwork, innovation, personal and professional growth, and sustainability.

General Description:

The general ledger accountant, under the general direction of the Budget and Financial Reporting Manager, performs complex financial reconciliations and analysis related to general accounting, financial reporting & forecasting and capital accounting. This position will also be responsible for developing policies and procedures and auditing of internal controls.

Essential Functions:

Financial Analysis and Reporting

  • Assist with the preparation of the financial statements and disclosures
  • Prepare the financial section of the college's annual Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) submission
  • Assist in completing year-end closing activities of the financial accounting system
  • Complete annual closing tasks and analysis of accounts to ensure that all accounts are properly stated at fiscal year-end
  • Complete financial reconciliation of the college's general ledger and sub ledger on specific funds and accounts.
  • Perform general accounting tasks to include reviewing and preparing of journal entries, account reconciliations and complex financial analysis
  • Provide support for various financial audits
  • Stay abreast of changes in pronouncements and required reporting within the community and technical college system
  • Assist in the development and implementation of fiscal processes and procedures

  • Budget and Forecasting
  • Assist in managing budgets and creating forecasts for the annual budget.
  • Develop and manage long range financial plans
  • Create predictive models to accurately forecast revenue based on product mix

  • Policies, Procedures and Internal Controls
  • Assist in the development and implementation of fiscal processes and procedures
  • Assist in the development and documentation of internal controls, policies and procedures
  • Perform internal audits of processes

  • Capital Accounting
  • Perform advanced accounting activities related to capital projects, including setup of capital account codes, monitoring of project allocations, cash flow analysis and development of expenditure control spreadsheets
  • Analyze, reconcile, and prepare electronic journal entries
  • Perform audits of vendor invoices and payroll expenditures related to capital projects
  • Upon completion of each capital project, record, properly classify, and adequately document the college's fixed assets inventory to include depreciation
  • Attend capital planning/construction meetings as requested
  • Reconcile Capital Allocations and Expenditures to SBCTC Capital Budget Tracking System records
  • Design, develop, and/or implement computer analytical models for projection or analysis of capital project data.
  • Competencies

  • Critical Thinking skills – the ability to interpret, apply, and effectively communicate regulations, laws, policies, and procedures; the ability to independently identify and resolve problems and perform complex financial tasks.
  • Effective Communication – The effective exchange of messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
  • Personal Responsibility – Demonstrates responsible personal and professional conduct, which contributes to the overall mission and goals; accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work; earns trust, respect and confidence from the College community.
  • Establishing Rapport – Interacts effectively with others to establish and maintain smooth working relationships.
  • Job Knowledge – Skilled in job-specific knowledge which is necessary to provide the appropriate quantity and quality of work in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Technical Expertise – Demonstrates appropriate depth of knowledge and skill in assigned areas. Keeps knowledge and skills up-to-date with best practices, regulations, and mandates in assigned areas.

  • Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree; professional experience may substitute for education requirement at the discretion of the College.
  • Five years of professional experience in accounting and financial analysis
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and practices to include financial analysis, audit principles and principles of internal controls
  • Excellent organization, interpersonal, and customer service skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with complex automated accounting systems
  • Intermediate to advanced excel skills. A test will be required.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to relate well to students, faculty, staff and the general public in a friendly, courteous and professional manner
  • Exceptional multicultural competencies and ability to work with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot, research, resolve and recall information
  • Ability to work with minimal guidance and take ownership of their work product
  • Strong analytical and accounting skills
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline driven environment

  • Desired Qualifications:
  • CPA or CPA candidate
  • Knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards Board principles (GASB)
  • Higher education experience preferred
  • Capital budgeting
  • Proficient with Oracle (PeopleSoft)

  • Conditions/Terms of Employment

    Terms and Conditions of Employment:
    This is a full-time exempt position. Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the United States within three (3) days of employment. Official college transcripts required at time of hire. Candidates may be subject to a criminal history background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check may not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. The college is a tobacco free institution.

    Work is performed almost exclusively indoors in an office environment. Exposure to hazards is limited to those commonly found in office environments. This contract position work schedule will typically be Monday through Friday 8-hours each day. Workload will require periods of long days (more than 40hrs/week) based on seasonal workload and implementation of PeopleSoft. During the summer, work schedule is Monday through Thursday 10-hours each day.

    COVID-19 Vaccination RequirementProclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued by the Governor of the state of Washington (amending Proclamation 20-05, et seq.), prohibits any worker from engaging in work for a State Agency after October 18, 2021 if the worker has not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; and provided proof thereof to the agency.

    Workers for WWCC must provide proof of full vaccination again COVID-19, which includes CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or photo of the card; documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record; or state immunization information system record. Exemptions may be made for documented medical or sincerely held religious beliefs. If you have questions about this requirement or the exemption process, please contact us at [email protected].

    Annual salary range: $70,000 - $75,000. The college has an excellent benefit program including paid sick leave; paid vacation leave; medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; retirement and two optional deferred compensation programs. All full-time employees will automatically have 3% of taxable income deferred into the State of Washington Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). All administrative exempt staff set aside 1% of their gross salary in a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) (VEBA). All exempt employees are required to participate in this program. Walla Walla Community College requires all employees to participate in direct deposit for payment of salary.

    Required Application Materials

    This position will remain open until filled with applications screened as they are received. To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  • Online NEOGOV application.
  • Cover letter (Please address how your experience meets the minimum and preferred qualifications)
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • Unofficial transcripts for application purposes; official transcripts are required prior to an official start date.

  • Due to an upcoming software conversion, the candidate start date will occur on or after May 16th, 2022.

    WWCC also reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, reopen the position, or make a direct appointment. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College's discretion.
    If you have difficulty logging into your account, attaching documents, submitting your application, etc., please call NEOGOV Applicant Support at 1-855-524-5627.

    Walla Walla Community College is committed to provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all educational and employment applicants as well as for its students and employed staff, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression/identity, marital status, age (over 40), the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, the use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, or status as a Vietnam and/or disabled veteran, National Guard member or reservist in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Federal Rehabilitation of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and any other applicable Federal and Washington State laws against discrimination. To qualify for veteran's preference, you must attach a copy of your DD214 or NGB 22. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need accommodation in the application/ employment process, please call (509) 527-4323 - TDD (509) 527-4412.

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