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  • Full-time


Your Partner For A Stronger Arizona.

DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure.

DES serves more than 3 million Arizonans Our Mission is to make Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance for those in need, and care for the vulnerable.


Division of Employment & Rehabilitation Services

Job Location:

Address:  1789 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: 61,006.40 

Grade: 22

Job Summary:

The Department of Economic Security, Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) plays an integral role in improving Arizona’s workforce by assisting individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, and those with barriers, to prepare for and obtain meaningful employment. DERS supports Arizona employers with recruitment assistance by connecting them to a skilled workforce. We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as an Accountant 3 with the Finance unit. This position is responsible for:

Job Duties:

- Accurate accounting of the DES administered State Unemployment Trust Fund, providing technical assistance, reviewing work, and ensuring bank ledgers and reports produced by the UI Accounting team are complete, accurate and in conformance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), federal regulations and state law.
- Overseeing the process for AP and AR, ensuring strong internal control over the AP and AR process. Reconciling reports and financial data examining for completeness, accuracy and conformance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for payments and billings.
- Downloading expenditures from the Datamart and uses Access to export data, developing spreadsheets and databases. Resolving problems and answers questions presented by management regarding accounting transactions, unit policy and procedures. Compiling and reporting financial and statistical data and prepare correspondence/responses to non-standard activities.
- Reviewing and updating Standard works for the Accounting unit. Providing training to the team.
- Monitoring fiscal/budget related activities, records, and documents including funding requests, budget decision packages, corrective action plans, appropriations, expenditures, grants, and contracts.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Governmental accounting and fiscal principles
- The budget and legislative processes
- Principles and practices of administration with special reference to organization
- Fiscal management and budgetary control
- Statistical analysis and theory
- Report writing techniques
- Supervisor and employee rights, rules, regulations, and practices
- The requirements, characteristics and cultural environment required for teams to operate effectively.

Skill in:
- Issues identification and resolution
- Comprehension, analysis, interpretation, and reconciliation of complex financial data, including forecasts and projections
- Organization and prioritization of multiple complex projects

Ability to:
- Act as the lead for the accounting unit
- Motivate and mentor professional staff
- Communicate clearly and provide clear direction

Selective Preference(s):

Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business, public administration, or related field or 4 years of equivalent accounting experience is strongly preferred. Master's degree in one of the fields is and/or a professional certification is a plus. Prefer practical work experience managing the budget/finances of a large complex organization.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Valid Arizona drivers license required.
In-state travel is required. This position 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 any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.). Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.

Bachelor’s Degree in accounting required; Two years’ experience as an Accountant 1, 2 or equivalent.


We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.
-Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life and Disability Insurance
-10 holidays per year
-Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it your 1st day
-Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
-Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
-Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
-Career Advancement Opportunities
-Tuition reimbursement
-Opportunity to work remotely (home office) on an ad-hoc basis

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State sponsored retirement contribution plan and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.
On, or shortly after, your first day of work, you will be provided with additional information about the available insurance plans, enrollment instructions, submission deadlines and effective dates.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 480-737-7516.
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. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Vanessa Sapp at vsapp@azdes.gov or 480-737-7516.


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.