Manager-Retiree Services (Accountant III)
Coordinates and assures accuracy and timeliness of monthly retirement payments to over 11,000 retirees in three retirement systems with monthly payments greater than $35 million. Independently researches and corrects payroll errors. Reviews and approves payment request forms and wire request form. Implements changes that affect payroll deductions and check production. Creates accounting transactions which are approved and executed by the executive director. Reviews reports from agency proprietary software to ensure accurate payments. Ensures that proper internal controls and best practices are in place. Responsible for reconciliation and balancing of the monthly pension payroll and the annual 1099rs and associated tax forms. Handles subpoena requests, leads Qualified Domestic Order (QDRO) process, and serves as retirement administrator in legal matters. Processes irs tax levy requests. Serves as liaison with county Finance and Human Resources Departments.Illustrative Duties
- Supervises staff in preparation of highly complex and diversified financial reports with a countywide impact required by federal and state, including the county's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR);
- Serves as a lead consultant and coordinates training opportunities for county departments on accounting and financial reporting matters;
- Participates in development and implementation of countywide policies and procedures pertaining to accounting and financial reporting;
- Coordinates programs with countywide impact (i.e., Integrated Customer Assistance Compliance program, Internal Controls program);
- Participates in the management and oversight of countywide policies and procedures.
- Considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of governmental accounting and fiscal management, and the ability to apply them to complex governmental accounting systems;
- Considerable knowledge of federal, state and county procedures, policies, regulations and legislation impacting the maintenance of county financial records and reports;
- Knowledge of electronic financial data processing systems;
- Ability to plan, direct, and supervise the activities of professional accountants engaged in complex accounting work;
- Ability to prepare and/or coordinate the preparation of comprehensive, complex accounting reports and records;
- Ability to develop and implement sound accounting policies and procedures.
Any combination of education, 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 24 credit hours of intermediate level accounting or higher; plus four years of increasingly responsible accounting experience including two years of experience with automated accounting systems. CPA certification or a master's degree in an appropriate field may be substituted for one year of required experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Applicants and employees within these select positions must demonstrate financial responsibility in personal finances as a condition of employment.
- The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a credit history check to the satisfaction of the employer prior to employment.
- As position is designated as Emergency Service Personnel, appointee may be required to work additional hours in the event of an emergency.
- Experience with local government financial accounting and reporting utilizing automated accounting systems.
- Experience interpreting and implementing governmental accounting standards and policies.
- CPA or other relevant professional certification.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to prepare reports for management and external customers.
- Ability to perform tasks with attention to detail in a fast paced environment where multiple high priority or high visibility tasks must be completed within a set time-frame.
- Innovative individual motivated by continual change and professional development.
Must be able to operate a personal computer and complete normal office environment work. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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.