Accounting Assistant - Yakima, WA

Employer: Yakima Valley Libraries

Job Description:
FLSA: Full Time Non-Exempt Location: Yakima Service Center
Posting Date: August 30, 2021 Closes: Open Until Filled
Wage: $19.06 Grade: 6 Reports To: Business Services Director
Hours per Week: 32 - 40
Apply: Yakima Valley Libraries, 102 N. 3rd Street, Yakima WA 98901,
Applications are available at all Yakima Valley Libraries or online at You may
turn your application in to any Yakima Valley Library, fax to HR at 575-3403 or mail to:
Human Resources, 102 N. 3rd Street, Yakima, WA 98901
Contact: Human Resources (509) 575-3415, or
1. Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college, with coursework in accounting,
finance, or business.
2. Two years of related accounting or financial experience, including experience using
automated payroll and accounting systems.
3. In lieu of 1-2, equivalent technical training, education, and/or experience may be
4. A valid Washington driver’s license.
Position Information: Yakima Valley Libraries is recruiting for one Accounting
Assistant to work under the direction of the Business Services Director. This is a fulltime, 32 - 40 hour, non-exempt position. Benefits include paid medical, dental, vision,
long-term disability, Employee Assistance Program, and life insurance for the employee,
Public Employees Retirement System program, deferred compensation program,
vacation, sick leave and paid holidays.
Yakima Valley Libraries
102 N 3rd St • Yakima, WA 98901 • 509.452.8541 •
Job Purpose and Summary
Performs a variety of advanced and technical accounting functions for the Yakima Valley
Libraries. Will uphold the concept of Intellectual Freedom, based on the First and Fourth
amendments of the US Constitution, which affords all library users the right to seek and
receive information on the subject of one’s interest without examination or scrutiny by
Supervision Received and Exercised
Receives general direction from assigned management and may assist in training other
accounting staff.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Any of the following duties may be performed. These examples are not necessarily performed by all
incumbents, however, and do not include all specific tasks an incumbent may be expected to perform.
1. Welcomes and serves patrons of the library using high quality customer service practices. This
includes: greets customers sincerely, speaks in a friendly manner, welcomes and serves customers
without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, perceived or real
disability, age, ancestry, or other characteristics; acknowledges customer’s presence as soon as
possible, even if occupied; does not communicate any value judgment when interacting with
customers, and verifies that customer’s needs are met.
2. May at times have unsupervised access to children under the age of 18 or a vulnerable adult or
3. May perform a full range of accounting and operational functions including purchasing, accounts
payable, accounts receivable, payroll, acquisitions, grant and contracts administration and
auditing; performs accounts reconciliations, prepares related worksheets, and assists accounting
department staff as needed.
4. Maintains confidentiality of library and employee information.
5. Maintains records, blanket purchase orders and maintenance agreements; creates reports as
6. May perform routine account reconciliations and prepare related deposits, invoices, payments,
and work sheets.
7. Assists in developing accounting department objectives.
8. Plans and prioritizes daily work assignments; may assist in providing instruction and direction as
9. May assist with surplus sales, compile and maintain inventory records and fixed assets reports.
10. As directed, may handle donations and corresponding reports.
11. May file, operate office machinery including photocopier, printer and mail equipment.
12. May be required to deliver mail to the post office, or take deposits to the Bank or County
13. Attends meetings and participates in various committees.
14. Keeps abreast of library developments by attending workshops and educational programs and
reading periodicals and specialized literature.
15. May cross train in other accounting functions as assigned.
16. Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of:
1. Principles and procedures of accounting, purchasing, auditing, and record keeping including
generally accepted accounting principles as well as working understanding of budgeting,
accounting, and reporting practices as outlined in the State of Washington’s BARS manual.
2. English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
3. Grant billing practices in conjunction with OMB circulars for grants.
4. Business Office Springbrook or similar automated payroll and accounting software applications.
5. General office methods, equipment, practices and procedures including PC usage and familiarity
with word processing, spreadsheet, and other office productivity software, and other personal
computer applications, emailing systems, and webbased searching.
Skill in:
1. Critical thinking, analyzing problems, resolving problems and dealing with unique situations.
2. Using independent judgment and discretion in a wide variety of situations.
3. Effective written and verbal communications.
4. Keyboarding, word processing or entering data at a speed and accuracy level necessary for
successful job performance.
5. Developing and maintaining good working relationships.
Ability to:
1. Gain thorough knowledge of Yakima Valley Libraries’ policies, procedures and programs.
2. Represent Yakima Valley Libraries in a positive, responsive manner to the Library Board of
Trustees, staff, public, volunteers, and supporters.
3. Learn and practice the principles of intellectual freedom.
4. Apply and adapt established accounting principles and procedures to a variety of fiscal
5. Interpret and apply accounting and fiscal-related laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and
6. Analyze data and draw logical conclusions.
7. Establish priorities and organize workload; manage time effectively and remain on task despite
8. Exercise initiative and independent judgment in a wide variety of situations.
9. Establish and maintain a pleasant and productive working atmosphere and maintain composure
and work under the stress of handling several tasks at one time.
10. Keep all relevant parties informed of all major issues and to recommend changes as appropriate.
11. Work and communicate effectively with diverse staff in order to accomplish library goals and
12. Operate relevant computer systems, including the automated accounting systems, PC hardware
and software, and office machines.
13. Obtain and maintain a valid Washington driver’s license.
14. Attend work on a regular and dependable basis.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
1. Normally seated, standing or walking at will.

2. Normal physical activity including some bending, pushing, pulling, and lifting and carrying, which
may range up to 45 lbs. upon occasion.

3. Keyboarding and working at a computer monitor for extended periods required.
4. Phone usage, reading, speaking, and listening required.

5. Interaction with library system staff, other agencies and organizations, or vendors will be
necessary to resolve situations or problems.

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Application Method:
Base Pay: DOE

Posted on September 02, 2021

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