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Accounting Professional Staff

“In workplaces around the world, each one of us has been encouraged to identify, analyze, and correct our weaknesses in order to be strong.  This advice is well intended but misguided.  Faults and failings deserve study, but they reveal little about strengths.  Strengths have their own patterns”

-Marcus Buckingham, “Now, Discover Your Strengths"

At R.D. Barnett PLLC we are breaking the weakness spiral and prescribing in the strengths revolution set forth by the tenants found in the books, “First Break All the Rules”, “Now, Discover Your Strengths”, and “Strength Finder 2.0”.  One of the most significant findings put forth by these books is that most organizations are built on two flawed assumptions about people:

  1. Each person can learn to be competent in almost anything.
  2. Each person’s greatest room for growth is in his or her areas of greatest weakness.

If you are like us, you do not find pleasure in focusing your attention on your greatest areas of weakness.  This does not mean we neglect our weaknesses, but they are not the focal point for our development.  If we start with the right assumptions everything else that follows from them – how we select, measure, train, and develop our people will be right.

We believe in the following two assumptions:

  1. Each person’s talents are enduring and unique.
  2. Each person’s greatest room for growth is in the areas of his or her greatest strength.

We are careful to look for talent in every role, focusing our people’s performances on outcomes rather than forcing them into a stylistic mold.  We prefer to suspend whatever interest may exist in your weakness and instead explore the intricate detail of your strengths.  We believe these tenants will provide for a stronger organization, an organization designed to reveal and stretch the strengths of each employee.

To excel at our firm and to find lasting satisfaction in doing so, you will need to understand your unique patterns. Here is what we believe will be ideal strengths for this accounting staff:

  • Cringes at the thought of reconciliation discrepancies
  • Never been responsible for a late filing penalty
  • Schedules reoccurring work to take place on the same day, even hour, of each period
  • Able to identify why retained earnings does not roll forward
  • Walks a fine line between being annoying and gathering all of the necessary information to complete the project
  • Guards client sensitive information more effectively than 256 bit encryption
  • Can explain the difference between accrual and cash accounting to a client
  • Appreciates that the WA DOR, WA L&I, and WA ESD make the IRS look soft
  • Knows how to network a scanner and printer
  • Methodical in approach, but flexible in delivery

The candidate for this position will be responsible for the reoccurring accounting work for our entity clients.  This includes transaction entry, bank reconciliations, preparation of state tax filings, production of reports, etc.  The candidate will also be the point person for gathering information from entity clients, setting up workpaper files, and completing tax reconciliations for our entity tax compliance projects.

Required Qualifications
-Bachelor’s Degree; business degree with a concentration in accounting or equivalent experience
-3+ years of full charge bookkeeping, public accounting experience a plus
-QuickBooks Proadvisor Certified, or willing to achieve
-Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel and Word
-Ability to work 50 to 55 hours a week during peak periods
-References from prior employers/supervisors/clients

Compensation and Benefits
-Salary; Depends on Experience
-15 Vacation Days
-Unlimited Sick Time
-2 Volunteer Days
-3% Retirement Match
-Medical and Dental Benefits
-Cell Phone Coverage
-Certification, Licensing, and Professional Membership Reimbursement
-Continuing Education Opportunities

About R.D. Barnett PLLC
R.D. Barnett PLLC was founded in 2013 with the intention of distilling the complicated world of accounting and tax into digestible client solutions, all while satisfying the founder’s personal entrepreneurial desires.  Within the next three years the firm plans to double in size, both in revenues and staff. Please visit our website to learn more about our firm, our services, and our clients.

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