Comptroller

Position Information Benefits Supplemental Questions
Arlington County's Department of Management and Finance is seeking an experienced and innovative senior level accounting and financial manager to provide financial analysis, financial reporting, and leadership in accounting processes and policies. The County Comptroller operates within a large (over $1 billion is expended annually), complex, decentralized financial environment and is responsible for assuring the integrity of the County's financial systems and for the safeguarding of all monetary and other County assets. Areas of responsibility include:
Coordinating the work of the County's external auditors, and state and federal authorities in their analysis of the Financial Management System, and in the preparation of the County's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Auditor of Public Accounts (APA) of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Planning, directing and organizing the operations of the Accounting Division and proactively addressing and responding to the needs of the user departments and redesigning processes and systems to better support them.
Assuring that the Accounting Division provides the best possible financial information about the County's overall financial status, as well as the financial status of individual programs, to the public, the County Board, County management, County staff, as well as to other interested organizations, such as the bond rating agencies.
Managing logistics within constricted deadlines.
Facilitating the interaction of many diverse players and focusing attention on identifying solutions to accounting or financial management challenges.
Assessing training needs and leading the development and delivery of financial management training.
The ideal candidate will embrace opportunities to enhance transparency, take initiative to collaborate and develop effective working relationships with staff and external auditors, evaluate current financial management tools, policies, controls, and processes, identify avenues for implementing best accounting or financial management practices, promote long-term and strategic thinking to manage risks to financial condition, develop an integrated approach to succession management to promote employee growth, development and retention, and leverage technology to create new opportunities.
County Overview
Arlington is one of 39 counties in the United States to be awarded a triple AAA bond rating. These ratings were confirmed in April 2016, with the rating agencies citing the County's conservative financial management, sizable and affluent tax base, controlled expenditure growth and moderate debt burden. The County Government consists of 13 departments and 5 elected constitutional offices led by elected officials providing a full array of urban services, with over 3500 employees. In addition, there is a close working relationship with Arlington's schools system which is funded through the County Board.
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Selection Criteria:Minimum: Requires a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or Public Administration or related field, with a preference for a Master's Degree. Must have extensive mid-to-upper level management experience administering a comprehensive financial accounting program in state or local government. Professional certification (CPA) is required.
The ideal candidate will have:
Experience managing a unit/section in public accounting or a governmental agency, auditing not-for-profit organizations and/or providing accounting and financial reporting services to mid-sized business, or in state or local government.
Comprehensive knowledge of GAAP, generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Financial Accounts Standards Board (FASB) pronouncements.
Experience using thought leadership to provide informed opinions, expertise and innovation with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in the finance and accounting industry and a record of excellence in the financial community.
The ability to articulate a vision for improving access to financial information and mobilizing the resources necessary to achieve the goal.
The ability to effectively communicate controversial, complex financial concepts and data, either orally or via clear written documentation to a diverse population such as: staff, finance committee, executive leadership in the County, the community, the media, and the County Board.
An understanding of the role and relationships of a financial staff division within the total scope of local government services and a proven record of being a positive member of a government management team.
Strong leadership skills with the ability to positively represent the organization by developing effective working relationships and partnerships with personnel from many different disciplines and at many different levels, and/or to effect change with County executives, elected officials, appointed commissions, citizen advocacy groups, County administrators, regional counterparts, business leaders, and staff.
The ability to identify strengths or weaknesses within the accounting and financial operations both internally and within other departments, and proactively provide recommended solutions.
The highest ethical standards.
Special Requirements:Interested candidates should apply on-line and include a letter of application that describes how their experience and qualifications meet the position requirements. Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire section or attach your letter to your on-line application. Resumes may also be attached.
In your letter of application please describe the organization(s) where you have worked including budget and staff; the range of services and functions you managed; and to whom you reported. Be sure to describe:
your experience in financial analysis, financial reporting and working with external auditors;
your leadership experience developing and implementing accounting processes, policies and best practices; and
a specific list of significant accomplishments.
Additional Information:The salary is negotiable. The starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected.
The announcement is open until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed continuously. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of applications have been received.
This position is in the Arlington County Government's Senior Management Accountability Program (SMAP) in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated on the basis of a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan, results achieved, and a multi-rater appraisal. SMAP is a flexible total rewards/compensation system directly linked to performance and the market. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits click here.

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