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  • 504507
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jan 25 2022 at 23:55 MST


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Job Location:

General Accounting Office

100 N. 15th Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85007


Posting Details:

Salary: $50,000 

Grade: 20

Closing Date: 01/25/2022

Job Summary:

The General Accounting Office (GAO) of the Division of Business and Finance is currently seeking a Statewide Accountant I. Under minimal supervision, applies Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), theories and concepts to a statewide governmental environment. This position is an entry-level statewide accountant role involved in complex assignments, specifically related to the preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and may be involved in other reporting mandated by statute. May be involved in 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.

Job Duties:
  • Research, preparation, and compilation for the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for the State of Arizona. 
  • Coordinates with state agencies to collect financial statement data needed for inclusion in the ACFR. 
  • Research, understanding, coordinating and implementation of new Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements. 
  • Based on input from other assigned professional and/or technical staff, recommends enhancements for improvements to accounting and reporting systems, procedures, policies and methods for inclusion in the statewide financial systems or reports. 
  • Review other assigned professional and/or technical staff recommendations for policy and procedures changes to assure integrity of statewide financial data and consistency in application of statutes and other related laws and/or regulations. 
  • Composes or reviews other assigned professional and/or technical staff draft correspondence dealing with subject matters in ways that call for considerable discretion, judgment or negotiation, replying to inquiries, presenting and requesting information. 
  • Maintains currency of accounting theory, practices and law by attending classes, seminars or other educational courses and/or related publications. 
  • Other duties as assigned as related to the position.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of GAAP, GAAS, FASB, GASB and other related publications. 
  • 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 structure.
  • 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. 
  • Knowledge of research methodologies, spreadsheet techniques, statistical sampling, quality assurance and final technical report referencing. 
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques of development of data processing relating to large financial systems. 
  • Progressive knowledge of legal requirements impacting area of assignments

Skilled in:

  • Work organization and accomplishment. 
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial data. 
  • Spreadsheet development and statistical sampling techniques. 
  • Work techniques required to maintain accounting records through financial systems (includes personal and mainframe computer skills).
  • Leadership and interpersonal relationships. 
  • Oral and written communications.

Ability to:

  • Communicate both verbally and in writing with customers and coworkers. 

Bachelor’s Degree with an accounting major or emphasis from an accredited college or university is required.

Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Background and reference check, including a state and federal criminal records check 
  • Requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to 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 driving training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

  • 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). 
  • Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Shelia Wiggins-Wayne at shelia.wiggins@azdoa.gov or 480-645-2290 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.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.