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The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) Assistant Accounting Administrator is responsible for assisting in directing the overall operations of the Office of Accounting.

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Typical Functions:

Directs the activities of a large professional and administrative support staff by approving hiring recommendations, providing training opportunities, conducting performance evaluations, and reviewing and approving actions recommended by subordinates. Interprets laws, policies, and procedures to provide advice and assistance to state agencies, institutions, the Governor, the legislature, and the Chief Fiscal Officer of the State on fiscal matters and problem resolutions. Reviews current and proposed legislation to determine impact on the accounting system and proposes or drafts changes to existing law as needed to improve the accounting system. Attends Legislative Joint Audit Committee meetings to offer advice and clarification on audit findings and agency procedures and follows up to assist with compliance. Participates with the Administrator in establishing goals for the Accounting and Federal Grants Management System (AFGM) by assessing the needs of agencies or institutions for accounting support and developing new or revised programs to meet those needs. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of human resource and organizational management. Knowledge of government accounting and financial reporting standards. Knowledge of state fiscal and budgetary laws and processes and administrative practices and procedures. Knowledge of requirements for receiving a Certification of Excellence in financial report. Knowledge of computerized accounting systems. Ability to establish comprehensive organizational systems and programs. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the operations of a large group through subordinate managers. Ability to provide advice, technical assistance, and information to diverse groups inside and outside state government. Ability to assess needs, establish goals, evaluate and modify programs, and resolve problems. Ability to prioritize needs, develop budget, monitor expenditures, and reallocate funds.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a master’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field; plus six years of progressively more responsible experience in accounting or fiscal management operations, including three years in a professional managerial capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must be certified as a Certified Public Accountant by the State Board of Public Accountancy in accordance with ACA 17-12-301.


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