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The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System (APERS) Assistant Director of Finance is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all accounting operations of the retirement

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Typical Functions:

Directs the activities of a professional and administrative support staff through lower level managers and supervisors, including establishing work plans and staff assignments, interviewing and recommending applicants for hire, resolving difficult or complex problems, and reviewing/evaluating employee performance. Plans and directs retirement system fiscal and operations activities by establishing goals, objectives, and short and long-range plans to ensure consistency with overall goals. Directs preparation of retirement system financial statements and additional information for comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFR) and quarterly board of trustees meetings, financial position forecasts, biennial and annual budgets, and/or reports required by regulatory agencies. Develops or oversees the development and dissemination of policies and procedures for new and revised retirement system fiscal and operations functions. Evaluates the effectiveness of fiscal operations and controls to ensure that agency funds are correctly accounted for, that management is provided current and accurate information upon which to base decisions, and that policies/procedures are in compliance with retirement systems, state, federal and professional standards. Provides technical assistance and guidance to APERS staff and external agency contacts, constitutional and legislative personnel, vendors, and retirement system members/retirees by researching and interpreting federal and state laws, governmental accounting standards, and agency policies/procedures. Coordinates activities with other state and federal personnel, responds to requests for information from executive and legislative officials, and serves on committees or task forces to express ideas and needs or to provide recommendations and solutions. Coordinates audits by internal or external auditors, responds to exceptions, and takes necessary action to ensure compliance. Produces status reports or other regularly scheduled reports. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the general principles of fiscal management, including knowledge of auditing and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) accounting requirements. Knowledge of actuarial and investment principles and practices. Knowledge of public pension fund administration. Knowledge of the general principles of management and supervision. Knowledge of computers and software application programs. Ability to supervise a subordinate supervisory, professional and administrative support staff engaged in accounting and operations functions. Ability to analyze information and recommend appropriate action. Ability to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and compliance of accounting operations and policies. Ability to communicate prepare, and present oral and written information and reports. Ability to interpret and apply laws, polices and procedures to specific situations.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field; plus six years of experience in the administration of a large/complex organization, including three years in a supervisory capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant; Certified Financial Analyst designation a plus.


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