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  • 498036
  • Full-time
  • Closing date: Sep 30 2021 MST


The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is one of the most unique state agencies in Arizona and one of only 13 public utility commissions in the country where commissioners are elected. Established by the Arizona Constitution, the ACC is a medium-sized agency with offices in Phoenix and Tucson. Our mission is diverse—spanning utility rate making; securities registration and enforcement; rail and pipeline safety; and corporate business filings—and we boast an average employment tenure of nearly 10 years. Learn more by visiting www.azcc.gov.

Forensic Accountant
(Securities Specialist 3)

Job Location:

Address:  1300 W Washington, Phoenix, AZ

Posting Details:

Salary: $55,000-$65,000 

Grade: 03

Job Summary:

The Securities Division strives to preserve the integrity of the financial marketplace through investigative actions and the registration and oversight of securities, dealers and salespersons, and investment advisers; to enhance legitimate capital formation and deter financial fraud; and to minimize the burden and expense of regulatory compliance by legitimate business.
We seek an accountant to be part of a financial fraud case team. Matters investigated are often multi-million, multi-jurisdictional financial frauds involving up to hundreds of defrauded investors. 

Job Duties:

You will be part of a 25-person enforcement unit, investigating possible violations of the Arizona Securities Act and Investment Management Act. As a Forensic Accountant (Securities Specialist III), you will collaborate with a case team to plan accounting needs; organize and examine large volumes of data; conduct thorough financial analysis of bank statements and financial records; prepare investor lists, reports, and exhibits; and participate in interviews, sworn interviews, and testify in Administrative, Civil, or Criminal cases. You will teach and attend training workshops, and perform peer review of others’ case work as part of testimony preparation.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Bachelor’s degree or higher in Accounting, with detailed knowledge of GAAP and GAAS
• Ability to interpret and apply state and federal securities laws, rules, regulations and statutes
• Prior work experience in forensic accounting, auditing, or litigation support
• Ability to perform highly advanced accounting work
• Ability to testify as a summary or expert witness, and prepare clear, concise reports
• Positive interpersonal skills
• Demonstrable research, analysis and organizational skills
• Ability to prioritize highly detailed workload while maintaining accuracy
• Proficient computer skills, particularly in Access, Word, Excel, and other Microsoft Office programs

Selective Preference(s):

Current CPA or CFE designation is preferred.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background/reference check and confirmation of any degrees/certifications.
A.R.S. Section 40-101 prohibits Commission employees from having certain interests in entities that the Commission regulates. Applicants shall be required to disclose any interests they may have in the regulated entities during the application process, and as a condition of employment, to divest themselves of any prohibited interests.


- Excellent comprehensive benefits, including a top-ranked retirement plan, low-cost health coverage, supplemental policies such as vision and short-term disability, and generous paid vacation and sick leave programs
- Career and personal development support; multiple training and education opportunities and resources; qualifying Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer
- Interesting, challenging work in a public sector environment with the chance to make a real difference in our state
- We are an Equal Employment Opportunity agency and a recognized Arizona Veteran Supportive Employer.

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


This position participates in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).

Contact Us:

If you have any questions, please feel free to email HumanResources@azcc.gov for assistance.


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.