Job Announcement

Senior Accountant

Thurston Regional Planning Council in Olympia is recruiting for the position of Senior Accountant. This position offers the right candidate a rewarding position with a dynamic, innovative agency.

Olympia, where the position is located, is the Washington State capital. It is located at the southern tip of Puget Sound. Nearby Mount Rainier and the Cascade mountains provide rugged scenery and the Pacific coast is just an hour to the west. The citizens of the area enjoy a high quality of life amid beautiful natural surroundings.  

Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) is an intergovernmental board made up of local government jurisdictions within Thurston County. The Council develops regional plans and policies for transportation, growth management, environmental quality and other topics. TRPC also acts as a regional clearinghouse for planning and demographic information and data.

TRPC staff work in small team structures to accomplish the Council’s work program and mission. Collaboration and innovation are hallmarks of the work environment. TRPC is widely recognized for its high caliber projects and services, and its inclusive approach to planning.

This is a key financial position in a small agency setting, so the incumbent is responsible for all the accounting functions of the agency, including preparing and tracking agency budget, financial reports, and payroll as well as managing accounts receivable and payable. The incumbent advises the Executive Director and Executive Management Team on budgetary and accounting matters.

Other essential elements of the job include:

  • Developing, evaluating, and continually updating accounting procedures and policies.
  • Monitoring agency budget expenditures and revenues; evaluating variances in budgeted and actual revenue and preparing analyses as requested.
  • Preparing monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports.
  • Conducting financial management of grant contracts and funds (including tracking of local match to Federal and State funded projects); advising and assisting staff in preparing grant proposals and reports for agency, city, and county grants.
  • Monitoring compilation of labor cost and analyzing them for accuracy; computing and preparing payroll and benefits; advising agency staff on employee benefits and payroll matters.
  • Assisting state auditors, as required, in review of agency financial records; is responsible for audit compliance.

The desirable candidate should have a knowledge of governmental accounting and auditing requirements, financial organization of local government, and automated accounting, word processing, and spreadsheet software. They should be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships and juggle a myriad of competing priorities, deadlines, and requests.  

Other desirable qualities include the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively, orally, and in writing.
  • Design, implement, and maintain accounting and financial systems.
  • Interpret and apply laws and regulations that affect governmental accounting.
  • Coordinate with Thurston County who is contracted to provide banking and payroll processing services.
  • Work with staff of contracting agencies in a knowledgeable and tactful manner to collect and/or disseminate invoices, reimbursement requests, and related reports.

TRPC is looking for a candidate who at a minimum has attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration or Accounting or a closely related field. At a minimum, the candidate must also have three years of governmental accounting experience. Pertinent experience may be substituted for education.

The salary range for the position is $4,937 - $6,480 per month (depending on qualifications).

TRPC provides generous annual leave and employer-paid medical and dental coverage for its employees. The agency is a member of the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System. TRPC provides employer-paid transit passes and supports commute trip reduction measures such as compressed work weeks and flexible schedules. The agency work environment is stimulating, collegial and supportive.

Full application information and materials are available at the top of this page. Materials can also be obtained by phoning Thurston Regional Planning Council at (360) 956-7575. Applications must reach our office by 5:00 PM, Thursday, November 9, 2017. Application materials should be submitted via email to or mailed to 2424 Heritage Court SW, Suite A, Olympia, WA 98502.

To be considered, applicants must submit all the following:

  1. letter of interest that addresses the following:
    • Describe your experience tracking and managing local match for federal and/or state grant funds.  Include any tools or resources you have used to track match.
    • Describe your experience working in a small agency as the only financial service practitioner.  What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
  2. resume
  3. completed TRPC application  

During the recruitment process, applicants may make inquiries by email to  The most qualified applicants will be invited to take part in an interview process.

Thurston Regional Planning Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity throughout the organization.  If special accommodations to apply for this position are needed, please telephone and ask for our ADA Coordinator.  For TDD users, please use the State’s toll-free relay service by calling (800) 833-6388 and ask the operator to dial 360-956-7575.