Arlington, Virginia
$64,272.00 - $98,217.60 Annually
Nov 21, 2020
Dec 18, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

The Arlington County's Treasurer's Office is seeking a Staff Accountant to assist in the management and administration of Treasurer’s Office programs, services, or projects, primarily related to banking activity. This position will also provide management support within the Accounting Division, such as: budget analysis, or short-term special projects. Additionally, this position's work may include, but not be limited to, a wide range of standard professional duties such as: research and analysis, budget monitoring, analysis, problem resolution, outreach, and staff training.

The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for all banking and investing activity for Arlington County, including Arlington Public Schools.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Researching and assisting in the analysis of project functions and problems.
  • Reviewing, evaluating and recommending changes to programs and/or services for financial and accounting impact, trends and patterns to ensure efficient delivery of services.
  • Preparing asset, liability, and capital account entries by compiling and analyzing account information.
  • Documenting financial transactions by entering account information.
  • Recommending financial actions by analyzing accounting options.
  • Summarizing current financial status by collecting information, preparing balance sheets, revenue and expenditure statements, and other reports.
  • Substantiating financial transactions by auditing documents.
  • Maintaining accounting controls by preparing and recommending policies and procedures.
  • Guiding accounting clerical staff by coordinating activities and answering questions.
  • Reconciling financial discrepancies by collecting and analyzing account information.
  • Assisting in the development of project contract specifications and/or requests for proposals.
  • Performing coordination and administrative activities.
  • Developing training and informational outreach programs and conducting training/informational program.
  • Performing other related duties as required or assigned by Supervisor.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
  • Reading comprehension to read technical materials.
  • Writing skills to compose and edit reports, recommendations, policies, etc.
  • Interpersonal skills to persuade others.
  • Leadership skills to organize, facilitate, and guide intradepartmental task force.
  • Arithmetic skill to apply statistical techniques in practical situations.
  • Problem-solving skills to define problems and collect relevant information to recommend policy solutions.
  • Ability to research and assist in the development of programs and/or services guidelines.
  • Knowledge of local government procedures and responsibilities.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in accounting strongly preferred or field directly related to program area plus two years’ experience in banking, finance, accounting or treasury management.

Preference will be given to applicants with CPA or CPA candidate status.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Additional Information

Work hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

The official title for this positions is Management Analyst.

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. Incomplete applications will not be considered. In order to receive full credit for your experience, please ensure that you have included details of all relevant work experience on your application and have completed the Supplemental Questionnaire in its entirety.

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.


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