The Arizona State Land Department manages more than 10,000 leases, permits, rights of ways, sales and other contracts relating to the management use and disposition of 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands. State Trust lands are lands granted to the State of Arizona pursuant to the federal Enabling Act. The Trust lands are held in Trust for the common public schools and 13 other public institutions. Any use or disposition of Trust lands must benefit the Trust's beneficiaries.
Under the guidance of the Finance and Budget Administrator, the Accountant 3 works independently to apply advanced accounting applications of a varied nature. The Accountant 3 performs work requiring the standardized application of established accounting principles, theories, concepts, and practices. The position reviews a variety of financial statements for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or other agency-specific accounting requirements.
• Performs analysis on the Department’s financial information. This will involve developing reports based on specified criteria as needed/required.
• Audits monthly financial reports. The Department relies on reports generated against a database. These reports need to be verified for accuracy.
• Monitors internal controls and recommend and implement improvements. Review billing, accounts payable, credit card, travel reimbursement, and other Department functions.
• Oversees and facilitate the finances of any grants the Department receives.
• Reviews financial agreements for accuracy. This would involve checking agreements against statute as well as funding restrictions.
• Applies the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System; actively participating in daily group huddles and huddle board updates; continually identifying areas for process and quality improvement; adhering to established standard work and procedures.
• Performs other related functions as necessary for the work unit.
This position also performs complex accounting assignments, including but not limited to the following:
• Reconciling Department funds and accounts each month, identifying and correcting inconsistencies or errors
• Analyzing revenues and expenditures each month
• Preparing data used in the compilation of a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, agency financial statement(s), and annual report
• Overseeing and facilitating the finances of any grants the Department receives, including requesting reimbursements, updating eCivis, and any associated reporting
• Monitoring internal controls and recommending and implementing improvements
• Establishing and maintaining effective fiscal management by analyzing, interpreting and evaluating accounting and reporting systems, procedures, policies and methods providing management with accurate input as to needed improvements
• Creating or approving general ledger adjustments, transfers, and other documents in the Arizona Financial Information System (AFIS)
• Supporting the Department’s payroll process
This position’s work product consists of documented schedules or work papers and research to be used to complete the following:
• Detailed analysis and interpretation of records of financial activities
• Assembled and summarized accounting literature on given subjects
• Proper allocation of costs to appropriate federal, state or other funding sources
• Fiscal year end closing package for annual submission to General Accounting Office
• Recommendations and implementation of solutions to identified financial and control problems
• Comprehensive analysis and evaluation of data to be used for budget purposes
• Draft responses to audit points or findings
• Records of various funding sources
• Complex federal reports or other non-standard reports for management review
• Financial statements or schedules
• Written reports and/or executive summaries on financial activities
The employee in this position must have an understanding and working knowledge of real estate transactions; Department of Administration forms and procedures; complex mathematical calculations; computer programs; Land Department business system, financial and accounting structure, statutes, procedures and programs; Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GMP); time value of money and mortgage amortization calculations; and land records research methodologies.
The employee in this position must have the following skills: analytical, organizational, task organization and accomplishment, techniques required to maintain accounting records through automated accounting systems, computer, mathematical, written and oral communication, and interpersonal.
Ability to impart knowledge to others. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written communications, especially for financial information and process mapping.
A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (or relevant professional experience) and three (3) years of governmental experience (Accounting, Finance, and/or Budget).
● Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment.
● Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete required driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)
● Sick leave
● Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
● Health and dental insurance
● Retirement plan
● Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.
● Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
● Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
● Participation is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria as defined in statute.
● Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment
● The current contribution rate is 12.41%
If you have trouble applying for this position, please email HRIShelpdesk@azdoa.gov for assistance.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting AZSLD Human Resources at 602-542-2629. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.