This position is open until filled; however, to ensure consideration applications should be received by August 9, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
About King County Housing Authority
King County Housing Authority (KCHA), an independent municipal organization, is a high-performing, nationally recognized leader in affordable housing and in providing innovative and effective housing solutions so that people and communities can prosper. Our vision is that all residents of King County have quality affordable housing. KCHA is the largest housing provider in the County, and annually the agency serves over 55,000 low-income individuals.
We transform lives through housing.
We are currently recruiting for an Accountant to join the Finance Department in Tukwila, Washington. This role provides vital services to internal employees, program participants, outside investors, and a wide array of other stakeholders. This position performs difficult technical work in the maintenance, analysis, interpretation, and management of financial accounting data within the Authority, ensuring compliance with governmental accounting regulations and procedures, and related work as apparent or assigned.
Key responsibilities of the Accountant include:
- Leads, trains, and inspects the work of staff; assists in coaching and counseling; assists with ensuring deadlines for the department are met.
- Manages accounts payable process for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program; and ensures timely issuance of payments.
- Serves as a liaison between the owners, internal staff, and tenants for accurate annual reporting of customer’s account.
- Compiles owners report; confirms Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN); analyzes 1099 report to ensure all payments are reported; issues annual 1099-Miscellaneous Income (1099-MISC).
- Evaluates and enters in the Tenant Retro Rent Agreements from in-house staff; monitors and recommends accounts for write-off.
- Reviews Section 8 bank balance; monitors and approves Positive Pay exceptions; cancels checks as needed, reissues or voids outstanding checks; reviews HCV bank balance and requests transfers between accounts as appropriate.
- Assesses terminated accounts, gather documents and sends to Collection Company as needed.
Other responsibilities of the Accountant may include:
- Reviews and balances accounts payable and receivable for Section 8 Funds; creates and posts invoices; updates and accumulates administrative fees.
- Oversees and codes subsidies received; analyzes and settles income and expense accounts; detects problems and amounts to resolve with reconciliations from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- Serves as the liaison between HUD and the Finance Department; stays current on all rules and regulations.
- Prepares and reports financial data, financial statements, and leasing information for the Section 8 Program to HUD; balances all income, expense, and liability accounts; prepares reserves accounts for various vouchers.
- Monitors, processes, and chronicles payments, transactions, financial functions for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) to the escrow accounts.
- Other duties as assigned.
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Qualifications and Competencies
Experience & Education
- Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Economics, Finance, or related field AND
- Two years experience in Accounting OR
- An equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Demonstrates knowledge of:
- Principles, practices and terminology of general, fund and governmental accounting, including financial statement preparation and methods of financial and internal controls and financial reporting.
- Practical accounting experience and knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
- U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD), Federal, State and local government accounting regulations and procedures; Authority regulations, policies and procedures.
- Financial planning and control procedures, accounting and budgeting within the housing authority; internal audit systems.
- Ability to:
- Evaluate complex accounting systems and efficiently formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms and records.
- Prepare clear, concise and complete financial documents, statements and reports; make accurate arithmetic calculations.
- Exercises independent judgment and discretion in performing departmental activities including handling difficult situations, maintaining standards, and resolving problems.
- Understands technical aspects of the position; utilize automated accounting systems; understand and accurately use the Authority's Chart of Accounts.
- Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and database software.
- Clearly and effectively communicates both verbally and in writing by actively listening and sharing relevant information with internal and external customers.
- Strong organizational skills including prioritizing, ensuring accuracy, multi-tasking, and handling interruptions appropriately; ensuring assignments are completed in a timely and effective manner.
- May be required to complete assessments.
- Consent to and pass credit and criminal records background check.
Position Information and Application Process
To be considered for this opportunity, you must:
- Complete the online application profile in its entirety.
- Upload a cover letter that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the essential functions listed in the job announcement. (Cover Letter)
- Upload a detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)
Salary & Benefits
The starting salary range of this position is $27.66 - $32.33 per hour. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance, life and long-term disability insurance plans, vacation, sick and personal leave, reduced tuition, and retirement benefits are also available.
King County Housing Authority is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.