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Statewide Accountant IV

  • 511509
  • Full-time


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Statewide Accountant 4

Job Location:

General Accounting Office (GAO) 

100 N. 15th Ave. 

Phoenix, AZ  85007

This position may be available for remote work within Arizona

Posting Details:

Salary: $77,000 - $97,000 

Grade: 26

Closing Date: Open until Filled

Job Summary:

The Arizona Department of Administration, General Accounting Office, is currently looking for a Statewide Accountant 4 for Policy & Compliance. If you are driven, detail-oriented, and work well under pressure, this is the perfect opportunity for you. This position is all about providing thorough and precise work while also being able to provide guidance to our customers. Successful Policy & Compliance Statewide Accountants are extremely comfortable completing complex assignments, which include developing and defending policies and procedures, in a fast-paced environment. They place a high priority on quality and accuracy, and they can be counted on to always be prompt, precise, and professional. They must have high amounts of self-discipline, and be able to collaborate with other employees in a direct and clear-cut manner.

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:

Although not directly supervising others, this Statewide Accountant 4 acts in a leading role in complex assignments mandated by statute which include: researching, developing, and recommending to management proposed changes to statewide accounting and payroll policies, procedures, and forms; answering policy-related inquiries on a wide variety of topics; reviewing and drafting recommendations regarding agencies policies and procedures in relation to statewide statutes and policies; reviewing and approving transactions within the financial system; and participating on various workgroups and assignments related to statewide and agency financial policies, records, and processes.

This Statewide Accountant 4 should be able to apply generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), and Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB) theories and concepts to a statewide governmental environment. This individual provides guidance to agencies, JLBC, and OSPB in statewide problem resolution and identifies necessary changes to financial statutes. May also be required to testify in court or at the legislature on work performed and findings related to other state agencies, recommend enhancements for improvements to accounting and reporting systems, procedures, policies, and methods for inclusion in the statewide financial systems based on input from other assigned professional and/or technical staff, review and recommend approval of data collected for accuracy prior to release, and develop training content for policy-related topics. Performs other related functions as necessary.

Primarily responsible for key areas and critical assignments. Performs professional work that is greater than average difficulty and responsibility due to the complexity of research and knowledge necessary to develop and communicate policy and recommendations that comply with Federal and State laws and codes and is applicable to all size agencies within the State.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Skills and qualifications required:
Authoritative, need to be able to minimize risk and be confident in decisions made by yourself and the team that meets quality and time standards.
Technical, with an analytical focus. Works within established standards and guidelines and uses expertise-based problem-solving.
Proactive, problem-solving orientation. Needs to be able to make quick decisions based on knowledge and experience in a timely manner while also collaborating with others.
Urgent, achieves timely, quality results while working on varied activities. Needs to be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
Knowledge of the State’s laws, policies, and procedures is desirable, as well as, an understanding of various accounting and payroll processes.

Writing samples will be requested prior to being scheduled for an interview. These samples should be personal work, not group work, and represent written policies, persuasive letters, memos, etc. If actual work is not available, samples can be created.

Selective Preference(s):
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from an accredited college or university. A Bachelor’s Degree in a related subject will be considered if a minimum of 24 semester hours in accounting courses and 18 hours in business related courses has been met. 
  • A license as a Certified Public Accountant may be substituted for the Accounting degree.
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.