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Statewide Accountant II

  • 514090
  • Full-time


Delivering results that matter by providing best in class support services.

Statewide Accountant II

Job Location:

General Accounting Office 

100 N. 15th Avenue 

Phoenix AZ 85007

This position may offer the ability to work remotely, within Arizona, based upon the department’s business needs and continual meeting of expected performance measures.

Posting Details:

Salary: $60,000-$67,500 

Grade: 22

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

The General Accounting Office (GAO) within the Department of Administration is currently recruiting for a Statewide Accountant II. Primarily responsible for two broad categories 1) customer outreach and support on state budget issues and 2) complex, time sensitive assignments and reports as required by Arizona Revised Statutes and internal policies and procedures. Performs professional work which is greater than average difficulty and responsibility because of the presence of unusual and unique problems of the accounting program and operationalizing/administering State budget legislation. Under minimal supervision, applies Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB) theories and concepts to a statewide governmental environment.

Specific assignments include but are not limited to: providing support and guidance to internal and external customers on budget related issues, reviewing and analyzing introduced and final legislation for ADOA and Statewide appropriation, fund, and budget impacts, developing/completing various statutorily required and other ad-hoc reports, and establish, administer, and monitor appropriations and funds within the State's accounting system.

Secondary responsibilities include but are not limited to: Development and completion of various components of the Annual Financial Report (AFR) and Report of Outstanding Indebtedness including Credit Support and Lending Programs, create/update/maintain Standard Work for areas of responsibility, collaborate on problem solving and process improvements, perform other related functions as necessary.

The State of Arizona strives for a work culture that affords employees flexibility, autonomy, and trust. Across our many agencies, boards, commissions, many State employees participate in the State’s Remote Work Program and are able to work remotely in their homes, in offices, and in hoteling spaces. All work, including remote work, should be performed within Arizona, unless an exception is properly authorized in advance.

Job Duties:
  • Responds to internal and external customers with providing guidance and/or research necessary to resolve problems or situations defined by the requesting entity. 
  • Reviewing and analyzing introduced and final legislation for ADOA and Statewide appropriation, fund, and budget impacts. 
  • Preparation of statutorily required and other ad-hoc reports. 
  • Administration, set up and monitoring of state appropriations and funds in the State's accounting system. 
  • Assist with preparation of the Report of Outstanding Indebtedness including Credit Support and Lending Programs.
  • Assist with preparation of the Annual Financial Report (AFR). 
  • Maintains and updates Standard Work and recommends process improvements based on application of knowledge and skills with full understanding of the current process. 
  • Other duties as assigned as related to the position.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, concepts, practices, methods and techniques of government accounting, audit methodologies, internal control structures, accountability, and fiscal management. 
  • Reference materials such as federal regulations, (e.g., OMB Circulars), Arizona Revised Statutes, Arizona Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting publications, Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee publications, 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.
  • GAAP, GASB, FASB and other related publications 
  • Other agencies operations and financial structure 
  • Research methodologies, spreadsheet techniques, statistical sampling, quality assurance and final technical report referencing 
  • Methods and techniques of development of data processing relating to large financial systems

Skilled in:

  • Work organization and accomplishment 
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial data 
  • Analysis and interpretation of legislation 
  • 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:

  • Make decisions at the project team level and properly escalate those decisions that cannot be resolved on a timely basis 
  • Interpret end user problems and provide solutions within knowledge base 
  • Communicate effectively through written, visual, and oral expression 
  • Express complex analytical findings into a clear, concise, and understandable manner in reports and oral presentations 
  • Work within guidelines of established methods; obtaining, clarifying and providing information within established parameters  
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Communicate, present, summarize complex data in a consumable (easy to understand) format
  • Embrace change, adapt to changing priorities, and learn new skills
Selective Preference(s):
  • A Bachelor's degree in accounting 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.