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The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) Deputy Director and Controller is responsible for managing the Office of Accounting, Office of Internal Audit and

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Manages managerial and professional staff by interviewing, hiring, terminating, training, disciplining, assigning and reviewing work, and evaluating performance. Directs the implementation and maintenance of the state’s accounting system for approximately 175 agencies that produce all financial transaction records within the system and approximately 35 agencies and institutions of higher education that process warrants through the Auditor of State. Oversees statewide implementation of pronouncements and standards issued by the various professional standards boards and federal and state entities that govern the accounting profession in the United States. Oversees the development, publication, and implementation of statewide accounting policies and procedures. Oversees appropriation control and cash flow management for the state through review and approval of appropriation and fund transfers processed by the Office of Accounting. Directs the internal audit functions performed on state agencies and designs changes necessary for business processes to prevent future findings of waste, fraud, or abuse of assets. Coordinates statewide accounting functions and needs with staff developing/maintaining system technology. Provides technical assistance and guidance to state agencies, boards, commissions, institutions of higher education, executive staff, legislative members and staff. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and government accounting regulations and procedures. Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and practices regarding governmental accounting. Knowledge of the Arkansas Administrative Statewide Information System (AASIS). Knowledge of executive and legislative processes. Knowledge of organizational management and supervisory principles and practices. Ability to manage a fully-integrated accounting system. Ability to reconcile financial records maintained on three separate bases of accounting. Ability to coordinate a variety of accounting and audit functions and needs between the technology component in AASIS and the state’s accounting directives. Ability to analyze data, plan outcomes, and determine solutions. Ability to supervise a managerial and professional staff and plan and direct the work of others. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with others. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in accounting; plus nine years of progressively more responsible experience in private and state sector accounting, with experience in the three base areas of accounting for financial reporting, including cash, modified accrual and full accrual accounting functions and responsibility for a full general ledger system and financial records for audit, including five 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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