City of Tacoma - Tacoma, WA

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Accountants perform a variety of routine professional accounting duties related to funds, assets, and grant accounting, payroll, budgets, treasury or special projects accounting. Analyze a variety of financial documents for completeness and accuracy as well as prepare and process financial documents related to the accounting process of the assigned department or function. Prepare reports and analysis as required.


An equivalent combination to: a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, public or business administration or related field, and at least one year of professional accounting experience, preferably including training or experience in governmental accounting, or regulatory accounting. Additional years of experience may substitute for up to two years of education.

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. Depending upon assignment a WA driver’s license may be required.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information:

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend a minimum of one hour entering the required information. While completing the application and answering the supplemental questions please be sure to save your work every 20 minutes to ensure that your information is not lost. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement. All interested individuals should attach a resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to the position. If applicable, scan and attach your DD-214 proof of military discharge form.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a written examination consisting of questions that relate to the duties and responsibilities of the position. Candidates who pass the written examination will then be invited to participate in a computerized practical skills examination. Applicants must pass both parts of the examination process in order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

Appointment is subject to passing a background check. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and the Local 483. An employee in this position will be required to join the union within 30 days of hire. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Human Resources Department at 253-591-5400 before the closing date.

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