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Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity (BNPA) Accountant

  • 511764
  • Full-time


COME WORK WITH US! The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.

BNPA Accountant


Job Location:

Address:  150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $70,000 

Grade: 22


Job Summary:

A Career in Public Service Awaits You, Come Join our Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity Team!

Your Talent, Our Mission: To promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona.

What You'll Do:

The Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity Accountant will assist in all Financial Management activities of the bureau. BNPA has an annual budget of over $160 million, over 12 different funding streams and grants, and manages approximately 31 different sub-recipients providing services throughout the State of Arizona. BNPA programs provide over 5.6 million services a year to Arizonians. The responsibilities of this position are designed to ensure compliance with the program and state and federal financial requirements.

Job Duties:

-Recommends and implements solutions to identified financial problems. Establishes and maintains effective fiscal management by analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating accounting and reporting systems, procedures, policies, and methods, providing upper management with accurate input as to needed improvements.
-Ensures that financial review findings have established Corrective Action Plans and that the plan goals are met within the established time frame.
-Performs professional operating or cost accounting work requiring the standardized application of established accounting principles, theories, concepts, and practices. Reviews and/or conducts the reconciliation of reports and financial data, identifying or correcting inconsistencies or errors.
-Annually prepares and monitors program budgets and forecasting. Oversees ledger accounts for all transactions on an ongoing basis to monitor expenditure rates. Reconciles expenditure accounts for large complex federal programs to ensure costs are properly allocated to appropriate federal, state, or other funding sources.
-Prepares data used in compiling comprehensive monthly, semi-annual, and annual financial reports, agency financial statement(s), and/or annual reports. Allocates costs to appropriate federal, state, or other funding sources.
-Develops, prepares, and updates Standard Work documents and processes for financial management and improvements

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Economic and accounting principles and practices, as well as their applications and oversight of state and federal programs; the analysis and reporting of financial data
- Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); comprehensive knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, methods and techniques
of government accounting
- Internal control structures and fiscal management
- Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of automated financial systems
- Comprehensive knowledge of reference materials such as federal regulations, Arizona Revised Statutes, applicable agency manuals, and
policies and procedures
- Working knowledge of financial research methodologies
- AFIS and Procure AZ
- Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies

Skill in:
- Complex managing accounting systems and new system development. Major elements of a general accounting and budgetary system Internal Controls and various auditing practices.
- Considerable skill in analysis, interpretation, and communication of financial data
- Communication and ability to explain accounting issues to multiple departments

Ability to:
- Work independently
- Identify problems, use critical thinking, and develop strategies for problem resolution.
- Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination

Selective Preference(s):

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting preferred; Two years experience as an Accountant or equivalent, with an emphasis on multi-source data analytics for budget development and creating/working with complex spreadsheets. Preference will be given to candidates with non-profit accounting experience and experience in the WIC program or in a similar public service position.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the 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 checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).

Total Rewards:

The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans: Health Impact Program (HIP) where you can earn up to $200 annually by participating in our award-winning program of free preventative health screenings (mini-health, mammography, prostate), immunizations, lifestyle/mindfulness classes and physical activities) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counseling sessions - 12 free per year per issue for each employee and each covered dependent. Available 24/7 for support, resources and information on work/life solutions, dependent/elder care, college planning, wills, legal guidance, financial resources, funeral planning and more)
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award-winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

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


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will contribute to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27-week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


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.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.