State of Washington Classified Job Specification
POLITICAL FINANCE SPECIALIST 1
Class Series Concept
These classes are located within the Public Disclosure Commission. Positions advise, counsel, and assist candidates, elected officials, committee treasurers, and lobbyists in complying with public disclosure laws, rules, and regulations. Positions review records and reports and conduct audits and investigations to verify compliance.
This is the entry level of the series. Under close supervision, advises, counsels, and assists candidates, elected officials, committee treasurers, and lobbyists in complying with the public disclosure law. Reviews records and reports and conducts audits and investigations to verify compliance.
Develops and maintains close working relationships with persons and organizations in assigned territory to promote maximum compliance with the law; identifies potential problem areas and outlines solutions;
Provides oral and written answers to questions arising from the public disclosure laws; refers obscure, complex, and unusual questions to the team's leader for guidance and resolution;
Reviews filed reports for basic accuracy and completeness; seeks corrections of apparent errors and omissions;
Monitors filing history of persons and organizations in assigned territory; identifies filing delinquencies and seeks any missing reports;
Reviews campaign finance reports, lobbying expenditure reports, and personal financial affairs statements for compliance with legal requirements; compares data with other reports available in the agency; where necessary, obtains source documents from vendors, contributors, etc.; prepares written reports of findings and recommendations;
Assists Senior Political Finance Specialists in conducting comprehensive desk and field audits to verify compliance with the law; assists in preparation of written reports of findings and evidence for executive staff.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
Most positions require a Bachelor’s degree that included 10 semester or 15 quarter hours of college level accounting and one year of professional experience in accounting, auditing, or the examining of records. Experience serving as the treasurer for a county, state, or national political party may substitute for the education and experience on a year for year basis.
A Master’s degree in a related field or a Certified Public Accountant, Internal Auditor, Information System Auditor, or Fraud Examiner will substitute for the professional experience.
Class Specification History
New class replaces 13060 Political Finance Specialist 1); effective January 1, 2006.