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May 8, 2024

Why Consider HF&H Consultants?

HF&H has a mission-driven, collaborative, small-company culture that values work-life balance. We provide recycling, organics, solid waste, water, and wastewater consulting services exclusively to public agencies. It is an exciting time to work in this industry. As California continues to lead the nation in environmental protection, it is our job to ensure local jurisdictions have the analytical and management support they need to fulfill their community’s vision of a sustainable future. We also strive to protect ratepayers (e.g., you and me) from unfounded increases in municipal utility rates.

Our services include jurisdictional action planning, performance reviews of municipal service providers (e.g., solid waste haulers), competitive solid waste service procurements (often the largest municipal contracts), negotiations, contract management, financial and compliance auditing, rate and fee studies, and litigation support. The success of our firm has been built on providing excellent client service and leadership to clients in particularly challenging situations.

About This Role

The successful candidate will work under the direction of senior staff members, in a team atmosphere, to support our work for our municipal clients related to their management of environmental programs. This position offers a unique opportunity to blend bookkeeping/accounting responsibilities with analytical work in the context of refuse, water, and wastewater management consulting.

Our hybrid work schedule currently has a minimum of two days (Tuesdays and Thursdays) in our Walnut Creek office. This may be modified at any time at HF&H’s discretion.

What You Will Do

Under the direction of senior staff, the successful Bookkeeper will perform tasks like:

  • General accounting: log, enter, and post cash receipts; fixed asset entry; assist in preparation of management reports.
  • Project accounting (currently in Deltek Vision): Open and close projects, enter and maintain project contract budget information, contract transaction review and billing assistance, opportunity and proposal contracts tracking, time entry/transaction review.
  • Processing of expense reports, to include review/correction of general ledger entry, cost allocation, and project attribution.
  • Payroll administration (semi-monthly payroll for both exempt and non-exempt staff, journal entries, employee voluntary deductions, out-of-state tax reporting/reconciliation).
  • Benefits administration (new employees, employee changes, payroll changes), A/P and cost allocation, and journal entries: for HSA, FSA, 401(k), medical and dental/LTD insurances.
  • Assist with organization 1099s and any other year-end requirements (e.g., assembling information for external tax accountants).
  • Utilize MS Excel for various financial tasks and reporting.
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and contribute to the creation of written reports and client presentations.
  • Other related duties, as assigned.
What You Will Gain

HF&H places a high value on investing in our team. One of our core values is that “we relate to each other positively, supporting our professional development and providing opportunity for personal rewards.” This position will benefit from:

  • Exceptional training and frequent coaching from a “mentor” assigned to you from your first day.
  • Annual development of a “personal development plan” and formal continuing education and project assignments geared towards developing your depth and breadth of expertise.
What You Bring
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferred in Accounting, Business Management, or a related field. Relevant, professional work experience may be substituted for education, on a case-by-case basis.
  • 5+ years of experience in a professional services office environment.
  • Demonstrated, exceptional client/customer service skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, especially related to consistency.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, with intermediate to advanced Excel skills.
  • Inquisitiveness balanced with a sense of significance.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and competing schedules.
Bonus Points (highly desirable)
  • Prior experience in billing and contracts with local government agencies or municipalities.
  • Prior experience with Deltek Vision or Vantagepoint.
We Offer

HF&H offers a competitive total compensation package while emphasizing work/life balance for our employees (in 2023, Associates averaged less than 43 hours per week). This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Some highlights include:

  • Salary range for Bookkeeper: $68,000 – $86,000
  • Discretionary Performance-Based Incentive Bonus: up to 20% of Annual Salary
  • Profit Sharing: Minimum 3% contribution to a 401(k) profit-sharing plan; 2023 contribution was 5%
  • 15 Vacation days per year (increases with tenure, maximum of 25 days per year)
  • 10 Holidays per year (including one “floating” holiday to be used at employee’s discretion)
  • 5 Sick days per year
  • At least two days of off-site staff retreats and social events each year
  • Health Insurance:
    • HF&H contributes 95% of employee’s premium (and 67.5% of dependent premium) towards the premium of our Kaiser health insurance plan.
    • HF&H contributes up to $2,500 per employee or up to $4,000 per family towards a Health Savings Account
  • Dental/Group Term Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
Are You Ready? Apply Today!

Submit your cover letter and resume today! Tell us how we might be a good fit. Submissions without a cover letter may not be considered. Please provide a valid email address and telephone number on your resume and cover letter. You cover letter should include your salary requirement and preferred work hours. Application materials will be screened on a continuous basis. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply early!

Candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be invited into the interview process with HF&H. We place significant value on hiring the right people to work in our team and our interview process reflects that. The first phase of the interview process is a telephone interview. If successful, candidates will be scheduled for a half-day of interviews with our consulting team and the other half of the day will be spent performing assessments of the candidate’s quantitative and written communication skills. Candidates that successfully complete those interviews and assessments will be brought in for a final round of interviews with one or more of the firm’s Partners. Any resultant offer of employment may be conditioned on the results of professional and personal reference checks, which we will not conduct without prior approval of the candidate Depending on the number and quality of applicants, HF&H reserves the right to modify this process in its sole discretion.

The Fine Print

This is an at-will position and, as such, can be released at any time without notice and for any reason. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete performance assessments, reference checks, verification of academic performance, and any other due diligence HF&H deems appropriate prior to making an unconditional offer for employment. Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or assessment process should advise the hiring manager upon submittal of an application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request. HF&H is an equal opportunity employer.