Financial Analyst (Clackamas Water Environment Services)
This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Please Note: The application deadline may be extended to expand the pool of qualified candidates. Any recruitment timeline changes will be communicated to all who have initiated an application process or have submitted an application.
WHAT WE OFFER (PAY & BENEFITS):
Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees) and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.
We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering a variety of gym membership discounts, annual wellness fairs and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.
This is a full time (40 hours per week) County position represented by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Competitive compensation package:
Annual Salary Range: $73,990 - $94,034
Hourly Pay Rate: $35.57 - $45.20
*Starting salary will be within the posted pay range, based on job-related factors, such as relevant experience.
Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.
- Vacation Accrual: 12 hours per month
- Sick Leave Accrual: 8 hours per month
- Holidays: 10 paid holidays & 1 personal day per year
- Employer paid 6% Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) retirement contribution
- The County currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.
- Additional Retirement Savings Options that allow you to save additional retirement funds through the option to contribute a portion of your earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
- A Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision and prescription drug coverage
- A Choice of Dental Plans
- Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
- Longevity pay
- A variety of additional optional benefits (see links below for additional information)
AFSCME: Water Environment Services (WES) Full Time Benefits
Learn More About Benefits
- Do you envision yourself in a role that allows you to use your critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills to contribute to organizational effectiveness and success?
- Do you have financial accounting and reporting experience and pride yourself on accuracy and attention to detail?
- Do you have exceptional organizational and communication skills?
- Do you thrive working in a team environment and are invested in team success?
- Do you have exceptional skills in building partnerships through a commitment to excellent customer service?
If you answered "yes" to the questions above, please read on!
Clackamas Water Environment Services (WES) is in search of an experienced individual to join our team of dedicated professionals as a Financial Analyst. If selected for this position, you will be responsible for applying well-developed financial accounting and reporting, audit support and budgetary analysis skills to various general operational needs and long-range planning issues. In this role, you will perform the complete range of duties related to audit development, financial reporting, and financial analyses, including revenue and expenditure analysis. Another critical component of this position is budget examination, analysis, and preparation. As a Financial Analyst, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your leadership skills, providing guidance to others with regard to comprehensive financial programs and projects, such as financial reporting and auditing, cost analyses, accounting, budget development and support, accounts payable and receivable, as well as utility billing programs.
Clackamas Water Environment Services is a publicly-owned utility providing wastewater and surface water services. WES operates a large portfolio of assets, including water resource recovery facilities, collection systems, pumping stations, treatment plants and surface water management facilities. We are committed to being an exemplary organization with best practices in producing clean water and protecting public health and water quality for the residents within our communities. To that end, we are searching for an experienced individual who is motivated to be a positive and collaborative contributor, demonstrating strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills that will allow us to improve, develop and enhance our operations.
Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
- A minimum of four (4) years of relevant experience applying financial and budgetary analysis skills to support an organization's operational, fiscal, and long-range planning functions (Any combination of relevant education and/or training in a relevant discipline that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills, may substitute for one (1) year of the required years of experience)
- A minimum of three (3) years of experience in financial accounting and reporting
- A minimum of two (2) years of experience with budget development, implementation, administration and/or management
- A minimum of one (1) year of experience analyzing complex financial, budgetary and/or operational issues
- Experience providing excellent customer service to both external and internal stakeholders within various levels of an organization
- Experience working independently to manage competing priorities
- Strong technical writing skills including experience creating clear and concise reports
- Strong interpersonal skills that translate into the following:
- Strong communication skills, including ability to explain and present complex, technical information to individuals with various level of technical knowledge and skill
- Strong problem solving skills
- Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
- Strong attention to detail and ability to manage time effectively
- Collaborative, team-oriented approach to work
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other agencies, vendors, contractors, other county departments, co-workers and the public
- Ability to handle a wide range of situations and circumstances effectively, positively and professionally and to maintain composure in difficult, stressful and quickly emerging situations
- Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. Learn more about the County's driving policy
Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
- Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field
- Experience in performing lead worker duties that include assigning and reviewing work and training staff
- Experience writing and editing policies and procedures
- Experience working in governmental accounting and/or financial management
- Thorough knowledge of all Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to the fiscal management of government agencies
- Public sector auditing and/or budgeting experience
- Experience using an integrated accounting system, such as an (ERP)
- Experience implementing and supporting accounting software and systems
- Experience auditing, analyzing and evaluating financial records, internal controls, policies and procedures
- Experience participating in the development of annual financial reports
- Knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statements, Interpretations, Technical Bulletins, and Concept Statements
- Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel
*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.
KEY COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESS IN THIS POSITION:
Embodies “SPIRIT” by demonstrating a commitment to the Clackamas County core values of Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Individual Accountability, and Trust in their work (Clackamas County Core Values).
Builds Relationships by sustaining cooperative working relationships with internal and external customers, partners and stakeholders; honoring commitments; and, delivering exceptional customer service.
Commits to Teamwork and Collaboration through team unity by working effectively towards a shared goal, encourages sharing of information, productive problem solving and putting team success first.
Demonstrates Excellent Customer Service by anticipating, assessing, and responding effectively to the needs of those we serve.
Professional Communication demonstrated by self-awareness, respect for others, empathy, situation appropriateness and professionalism when communicating verbally, non-verbally and in writing.
Embraces Continual Learning by displaying an ongoing commitment to and taking ownership for learning and self-improvements; and, by demonstrating willingness to grow within the job as technology and organizational changes demand it.
Values Technology & Use of Electronic Systems appropriately and effectively for the processing and distribution of information, supports the implementation and use of technology in the workplace.
Seeks to Problem Solve by using critical thinking and analytical skills, identifies alternative strategies bringing a solution-focused approach to address challenging or difficult problems.
Engages in Self-Management as demonstrated by the individual’s ability to manage and continually improve their own performance through thoughtfulness, self-awareness, self-motivation, personal accountability, and the ability to develop strategies to effectively manage tasks.
Displays Creativity and Innovation by generating new ideas and being open to others’ ideas; and, takes initiative in improving services, processes, programs and products.
Puts Ethics into Action by holding himself, herself, or themselves to a high standard of professional, honest, and objective behavior in all dealings with or about internal County staff, internal and external stakeholders, community partners, service providers and the public. Maintains professional relationships and appropriate social, emotional and physical boundaries at all times with all persons we are entrusted to serve.
Promotes Cross Cultural Effectiveness by engaging in a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and appreciation of diverse perspectives, backgrounds and values.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Performs comprehensive range of duties involved in the budget process; such as analysis, examination, forecasting revenues, coordination, preparation and publishing of department budget in accordance with state and local budget laws and regulations; analyzes and makes recommendations on budget requests; monitors department revenues (rates, fees & development charges) and performs expenditures analysis for compliance with budget forecasts; assists departments in preparing, administering and reporting on budgets using PeopleSoft financial system and OpenGov; advises on the legality and propriety of expenditures; interprets County fiscal and budget policies and procedures; assists in budget administration throughout the fiscal year; makes recommendations and coordinates processing budget amendments; monitors actual activity in relation to projections by utilizing PeopleSoft, OpenGov, and other system reports; researches and analyzes budget histories to forecast future revenues and expenditures, including rate studies; participates in review research and recommendations of agency billing rates; performs specialized financial project work with management as requested.
- Acts as a department liaison with external independent auditors, granting agencies, and consultants throughout the year. Prepares, coordinates and publishes Comprehensive Annual Financial Report which include operational and financial statistical performance measurements; develops audit schedules to assist auditors in their review process; prepares and presents Annual Report for Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) award; explains accounting systems and procedures; review and monitors contracts, including capital projects and grant expenditure reporting and coordination with County Finance/Grant department.
- Coordinates implementation, upgrades, and technical support of various financial systems/software (PeopleSoft Financial modules, Incode 10, and other systems); interacts and provides financial support and analysis to consultants; acts as internal administrator, project coordinator and vendor liaison for State and County treasury functions and cash management. Provides internal and external customer service; provides technical assistance to County departments and throughout WES organization, as requested; assists in coordination of financial activities within the County (procurement cards, fleet services, payroll, internal transfers, investments, etc.); analyzes, evaluates and prepares requests for county transfers (Payroll, bonds, investments, etc.) analyzes other fees and revenue streams.
- Oversees administrative functions related to the financial needs of the department in the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, capital projects, capital asset close and reporting, general ledger, cash management and annually assists with insurance updates; assists in the development and implementation of the department’s financial policies and procedures; analyzes policies and operating procedures to identify process improvements; recommends possible solutions after gathering information; researches and participates in special strategic and operational projects, as assigned; works with County departments and outside task forces to identify needs, evaluate services and implement objectives; researches and analyzes legislation from General Accounting Standard Board (GASB) and Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB) that may affect departmental finances; reviews division operations for compliance with GASB, FASB and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) pronouncements, statues, rules and regulations; oversees implementation of new and/or existing pronouncements as required. Assists with development of bid specifications for Requests for Proposals or qualifications; provides input for selection of bids, monitors contract expenditures and compliance with terms of agreements; may serve as liaison with service providers; participates in accounting studies and surveys of organizations, administrative systems and operation procedures and practices.
- Develops and maintains internal accounting systems and accounting control records; prepares and analyzes reports on accounting, financial and statistical issues, including financial operations, trends, costs, revenues and financial obligations; advises management on effective use of resources; develops and implements department financial policies and procedures for improving management and staff processes; prepares and makes recommendations for proposed changes including estimated fiscal and organizational impacts; monitors expenditure classification of purchases and projects for compliance with accounting standards and carries through to audit work paper production; determines and processes cost allocations and financial analysis for the cost of services in compliance with County policies.
- Serves as a department project lead in significant financial projects and studies, while working directly with outside consultants, management, staff and other County departments (software upgrades, cost analyses, etc.). Provides support for capital improvement projects throughout the year which, include monitoring and tracking expenditures and providing comprehensive analysis on project status, budget and audit requirements for capital asset reporting and project closure; performs in-depth analysis of inter-fund transactions and allocations.
- Oversees, assigns and reviews the work of financial support staff; ensures completion of work within established timeframes and budget and audit guidelines; develops and organizes work programs and timelines.
This position is included in the County’s alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off). Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.
Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.
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ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
Clackamas Water Environment Services (WES) produces clean water and protects water quality for more than 190,000 people living and working in Clackamas County. We operate and maintain five resource recovery facilities, 23 pumping stations and more than 350 miles of pipes.
Each year, we clean more than seven billion gallons of water. In the process, we convert materials that have long been considered “waste” into natural energy and fertilizer. We also help reduce pollution in local rivers, streams, and wetlands caused by stormwater runoff, the number one source of water pollution in Oregon.
We educate and assist community members from all walks of life. It’s our job to ensure that our families and neighbors enjoy the benefits of safe, healthy water for generations to come.
Our service area includes Boring, Fischer’s Forest Park, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Hoodland, Johnson City, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Rivergrove, West Linn and unincorporated Clackamas County.
WES is a county department, a service district and a ratepayer-funded organization.
Learn more about Water Environment Services.
Clackamas County only accepts online applications.
Help With Your Application:
Help with the Application
If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or e-mail us. Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).
HOW TO CLAIM VETERAN'S PREFERENCE
Request Veterans' Preference
Learn more about the County's Veterans' Preference
Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.
If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.