Statewide Senior Accountant - Phoenix, AZ

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Location: 100 N. 15th Avenue, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Primary Responsibilities:
Under minimal supervision, applies generally accepted accounting
principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS),
Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB), theories, and concepts
to a statewide governmental environment. Supervises or acts in a
leading role in complex assignments mandated by statute which may
include: recommending enhancements for improvements to accounting and
reporting systems, procedures, policies and methods for inclusion in
the statewide financial systems based on input from subordinate or
other assigned professional and/or technical staff; drafting or
reviewing recommendations to management regarding proposed changes to
statewide accounting policies and procedures; reviewing and
recommending approval of data collected for accuracy prior to release
in response to Public Information Requests; and drafting or reviewing
proposed changes to initial recommendations to the agencies on policy
and procedural improvements. May be required to testify in court or
at the legislature on work performed and findings related to other
state agencies. Provides guidance to agencies, JLBC and OSPB in
statewide problem resolution and identifies necessary changes to
financial statutes. Performs other related functions as necessary.

Primarily responsible for key areas and critical assignments.
Performs professional work which is greater than average difficulty
and responsibility because of the presence of unusual and unique
problems of the accounting program.

Supervises or acts in a leading role during complex assignments
mandated by statute which may include: enhancements for improvements
to the development and testing of a statewide financial system for
use by all budget units; and follow-up activities on Auditor General

Secondary Responsibilities:
May be called upon to: finalize financial schedules being included in
the Statewide Annual Financial Report (AFR); Supervise or act in a
leading role during complex assignments mandated by statute on the
compliance and monitoring of Federal grants and projects relating to
the requirements of the Federal Cash Management Improvement Act;
preparing the Statewide Cost Allocation Plan (SWCAP); reviewing
agencies' system security procedures to assure the integrity of the
statewide financials systems, the statewide fixed asset program;
perform sensitive internal control reviews; draft management
recommendations to other departments on internal control improvements
and procedural changes; review draft financial schedules for the
Statewide Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), statewide
federal reporting and the statewide financial report to the citizens
of the state and other statewide reports; participate in the
negotiation of the SWCAP resulting in an approved plan for use by
agencies in the preparation of their federal grant indirect cost
proposals; and respond to technical pronouncements published by the
Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Extensive knowledge of GAAP, GAAS, FASB, GASB and other related
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices,
methods and techniques of government accounting, audit methodologies,
internal control structures, accountability, and fiscal management.
Comprehensive knowledge of other agencies operations and financial
Comprehensive knowledge of reference materials such as federal
regulations, (e.g., OMB Circulars), Arizona Revised Statutes,
applicable agency manuals including the Department of Administration,
General Accounting Office Statewide Accounting and System manuals,
policies and procedures and the information contained therein and its
applicability to the assigned area.
Substantial knowledge of research methodologies, spreadsheet
techniques, statistical sampling, quality assurance and final
technical report referencing.
Substantial knowledge of the methods and techniques of development of
data processing relating to large financial systems.
Progressive knowledge of legal requirements impacting area of

Skill in work organization and accomplishment.
Skill in analysis and interpretation of financial data.
Skill in spreadsheet development and statistical sampling techniques.
Skill in work techniques required to maintain accounting records
through financial systems (includes personal and mainframe computer
Skill in leadership and interpersonal relationships.
Skill in oral and written communications.

This position requires a bachelor's degree with a major in accounting
from an accredited college or university OR a Bachelor's degree in a
related subject with a minimum of 24 semester hours in accounting
courses and an additional 18 hours in business related courses. A
license as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Arizona may
substitute for the accounting degree.

Candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal history investigation.

  • All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.
This position is not covered by the State Personnel Merit System, but the State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including a top-ranked retirement plan, low-cost health and dental coverage, supplemental policies such as vision and short-term disability, and generous leave programs. Our work environment offers multiple training opportunities and encourages career development. To submit your resume for consideration, please hit the "APPLY" button below.

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