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Comptroller (financial Specialist Iii)

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia
$72,190.56 - $120,316.98 Annually
Closing date
Jun 3, 2023

Job Details

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The position serves as the Comptroller for the Fairfax Circuit Court, and its Clerk’s Office. Serves as the manager of the Court’s fiscal operations, providing professional financial analysis and technical advice to the Clerk of Court’s senior management team. In Fairfax, the Clerk, through his Comptroller, serves the functions of a Virginia General Receiver. The Comptroller thus provides oversight for the collection, accounting, attribution, distribution and transmission of over $300 million in revenue annually (whether paid into Court for cases, or whether collected by the Clerk for the recordation of real estate deeds).

Directs and manages the Clerk’s fiscal team. The fiscal team is responsible for revenue/funds collection, funds investment, funds maintenance, funds reconciliation, funds disbursement, as well as state and local financial reporting, under the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (APA) standards. The fiscal team is also responsible for the agency’s own accounting operations, which includes billing, A/R, A/P, reconciliation, the p-card program, and compliance with any relevant regulations, guidelines and best practices. The Comptroller stays abreast of accounting best practices, fraud prevention, court funds management, escheatment, and champions innovations in these areas, briefing senior leadership and proposing actionable recommendations for polices and procedures to be adopted by the Clerk. Ensures compliance with sound accounting principles in all fiscal matters of the Clerk’s Office.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)

  • Participates in the formulation and documentation of agency fiscal policies and procedures;
  • Oversees the maintenance of numerous fund/subfund accounts;
  • Reviews long range revenue and expenditures estimates to ensure availability of funds;
  • Prepares or oversees the preparation of large agency budget;
  • Researches budget, finance and procurement requirements, analyzes impact on current operations and recommends means of implementation.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of governmental budgeting and fiscal management and the ability to apply them to complex governmental systems;
  • Considerable knowledge of federal, state and county policies, procedures, regulations and legislation impacting the maintenance of financial records;
  • Ability to effectively supervise and coordinate the activities of staff;
  • Ability to develop and implement fiscal policies and procedures.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in accounting; or a bachelor's degree in business administration or related field that has been supplemented by at least six credit hours of basic accounting principles and concepts; plus four years of professional-level finance or business administration experience. A master's degree in a related field or CPA may substitute for one year of experience.

The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check and credit check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Four or more years of experience with governmental finance, budget, and accounting processes and procedures.
  • Two or more years of supervisory experience.
  • Ability to evaluate fiscal operations and ensure compliance with applicable regulations and best practices.
  • Ability to formulate and implement fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare and present complex and comprehensive report, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to effectively supervise and coordinate the activities of staff.
  • Ability to exercise tact, discretion, initiative, creativity, and independent judgment.

Position is primarily sedentary in nature. Must be able to input and retrieve data from a computer. Must be able to lift files, boxes, and equipment weighing up to 10 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.


Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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