Assistant Comptroller

Arlington, Virginia
$78,998.40 - $133,161.60 Annually
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 27, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Accounting Reporting and Control (ARC) Division seeks a senior level accounting professional with highly specialized complex governmental accounting experience to function as the Assistant Comptroller. This leader will oversee a team of professional accountants and provide day-to-day management of accounting, reporting and control activities, to include the formulation and implementation of County-wide policies and procedures. This position will assist and oversee the preparation and review of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and resolution of matters related to audit and compliance. The Assistant Comptroller is also responsible for researching and advising the Comptroller on current financial reporting standards and compliance requirements.

The ARC Division is led by the County Comptroller and operates within a large (approx. $2 billion expended annually) complex decentralized financial environment. The ARC Division maintains responsibility for the preparation of the County's financial statements, reporting on the County's overall financial status, and the financial status of individual programs to include attesting to internal controls and providing assurance that the County's financial transactions are properly reported in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and in compliance with applicable regulations, local, state and federal laws.

Specific duties include:
  • Supporting the Comptroller in formulating, implementing and/or monitoring compliance with financial policies and procedures, standards and applicable laws and regulations to include assessment of controls, developing measures and metrics, researching areas for improvement and making recommendations on desirable financial operational adjustments;
  • Managing accounting and transactional processes, such as, approving journal entries, preparing and reviewing reconciliations, performing daily/month-end/year-end closing activities and financial reports;
  • Preparing audit deliverables to include CAFR schedules, conducting analytical reviews, variance analysis, quality control reviews, monitoring the chart of accounts and monthly reports, and researching deviations;
  • Supervising, leading, and training accounting staff ensuring efficient operations and accurate and timely processing of transactions while setting performance goals, conducting performance evaluations, and resolving employee issues in accordance with County policy and divisional procedures;
  • Providing guidance on internal controls and technical assistance for reporting needs across departments to include County-wide training; and
  • Planning, coordinating, streamlining and/or monitoring activities related to financial systems and controls, facilitating between technology staff and other County departments to ensure efficient and effective utilization of financial systems, and assisting with testing and validation of data during financial system upgrades or changes to various modules.

The successful candidate is detail-oriented and excels at multi-tasking in a large, complex and critical timeline driven environment. This leader must have an in-depth understanding of governmental accounting and reporting standards including the CAFR, GASB Standards, Uniform Guidance, UFRM, AICPA, FAR, and CAS compliance, and have experience working with debt management, capital assets, capital projects, leases, grants accounting and reporting, and accounts payables/receivables. The ability to work well independently and in a team environment is essential to this role, as is excellent customer service, problem solving, oral and written communication skills, and intermediate to advanced level Microsoft Office 365 skills (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, etc.) or similar office software applications.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or a closely related field, plus significant senior level accounting experience with an entity of similar size and scope to include supervising or leading the work of a team.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates who hold a master's degree in a related field, a current CPA license (or CPA candidates eligible for certification within six months of hire), and/or who have experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Local governmental or not-for-profit accounting experience with an organization of similar size and scope; and/or
  • Implementing and working with large financial and reporting systems (Oracle modules highly desirable).

Special Requirements

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions.

This position is part of an alternative pay program that includes career path and pay-for-performance elements. Starting pay within the band is based on a review of qualifications and experience. Pay potential will be based on performance and development.

NOTE: This position is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and qualified applicants referred, on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


This position requires a bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or a closely related field. Please provide the following information:
• Highest level of degree earned; and
• Discipline of degree


Please check the statement that best describes your years of full-time work experience in governmental accounting (federal, state, local government and/or not-for-profit entity) to include implementation of GASB standards, accounting for grants and preparing a CAFR. Please be sure that you have fully described this experience in your application.
  • 5 or more years
  • Between 3 years and 5 years
  • Between 1 year and 3 years
  • I have less than one year of experience in this area or do not have this experience.


Are you a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a CPA candidate eligible to obtain certification within 6 months of hire?
  • Yes
  • No


Describe your governmental, not-for profit or other accounting/finance work experience with complex decentralized financial environments. Please include a general description of any large financial accounting systems and reporting tools that you have used.


Please describe what your role has been working with debt management, capital assets, capital projects, leases, grants accounting and reporting, and accounts payables/receivables.


Describe any supervisory experience and experience coordinating the work efforts of others. Please be sure to include the number of individuals that you have supervised.


Indicate your experience using Microsoft office or similar office software packages. Check all that apply.
  • I have experience using Excel or similar spreadsheet software at an intermediate to advanced level.
  • I have experience planning, formulating and setting up complex spreadsheets and templates in Excel or similar software for program analysis and reconciliation efforts.
  • I have experience preparing reports using MS Word or PowerPoint.
  • I have experience using Access or similar software.
  • None of the above.

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