Unit Assistance Accountant

State Of North Carolina Raleigh , NC 27611

Posted 2 months ago

Description of Work

This is a TIME-LIMITED position. It is full-time (40 hours per week) with

State Benefitsfor a limited time. Although the length of time thatthis position will be active cannot be determined, it has the potential to extend up to 3 years (36 months).


Are you familiar governmental Generally Accepted Accounting Principles? Do you have experience in risk assessment? Do you enjoy problem solving and coordinating with others? If so, the Department of State Treasurer's State and Local Government Division (SLG) has a position for you as an Unit Assistance Coordinator.

The Department of State Treasurer's campus is a lovely corporate setting located on Atlantic Avenue, is surrounded by many shopping centers and restaurants, has access to a 24-hour 7-day a week free gym on the campus, offers a competitive benefit package, and has free employee parking.

The State and Local Government Finance Division oversees the finances of all local governments in North Carolina and manages the sale and delivery of all State and local debt. These local governments are a diverse group of over 1,300 municipalities, counties, public schools, charter schools, public hospitals, utility districts, mental health agencies, housing authorities, and other governments.

The oversight includes ensuring that each unique entity is 1) following industry best practices with regards to their financial operations; 2) complying with the North Carolina Local Government (or School) Budget and Fiscal Control Act; 3) following all governmental accounting standards as set by the national Governmental Accounting Standards Board; and 4) properly issuing and servicing all debt in accordance with the debt agreement as approved by the Local Government Commission.

The Division markets and sells bonded debt on behalf of issuing local governments and the State. The Division serves as staff to the State of North Carolina, the Local Government Commission, and the North Carolina Capital Facilities Finance Agency (NCCFFA) in fulfilling their respective statutory functions and responsibilities.

The Unit Assistance Accountant:

  • Manages all unit-specific intervention conducted by the Fiscal Management staff on behalf of the Local Government Commission.

  • Provides hands-on management of the finances of one or more entities of local government in NC

  • Supervises professional staff assigned to work with all units under all phases of LGC direction and monitoring.

  • Interacts with the LGC, senior leadership in the Department, and our partner organizations such as the NC League of Municipalities, the NC Association of County Commissioners, the School of Government, and other organizations to work on solutions to improve the long-term financial viability of these entities

  • Interacts with the elected boards, management, staff, and residents of entities for which the LGC has assumed control of their finances, entities that have been issued a notice of warning by the LGC, and entities that are operating under financial accountability agreements with the LGC

  • Serves as a liaison between the local governmental units that are under the control of the LGC, the Section Director, and the Division Director. All communications between the entities, the Division, and other partner entities will be the responsibility of this position

  • Oversees financial operation of all units under all phases of LGC direction

  • Participates in the development of written guidance, and all manner of training materials for local government finance staff and elected officials on the topic of financial operations and compliance with applicable State and federal laws, including the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act. Work with other Fiscal staff to coordinate presentation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

  • The ability to manage all accounting functions of a local government, and the ability to understand how the finances of a local entity affect all other aspects of their operation, and the quality and effectiveness of the provision of their services for their residents.

  • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships across all levels of local government staff and elected leaders.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills suitable for all levels of communication with local, State and federal staff and leadership. Strong ability to break down complex accounting standards into segments that are understandable by local staff and their elected leaders

  • Thorough knowledge of the day-to-day financial operations of a local government, including the operation of accounting software, basic billing and collection procedures for utilities, basic billing and collection procedures for property taxes, monthly closeout, interim financial reporting, and payroll/benefits operations.

  • Thorough knowledge of all federal and State laws as they apply to local government finance including the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act, federal compliance requirements and standards, and the ability to provide guidance to local governments on the same

  • Thorough analytical skills necessary to accurately determine which local entities are most at risk of failure financially or operationally, resulting in the need for potential intervention by the LGC. Same skills necessary to determine where to focus staff efforts in such a way as to maximize the talents of the staff and minimize the amount of risk to the Department while providing recommendations to Debt Management on local capacity to issue debt

  • Strong computing skills, including Microsoft Office are required, specifically Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in accounting, or a degree in business administration, finance or public administration or a related discipline from an appropriately accredited institution with 18 semester hours of accounting coursework; and five years of accounting/auditing experience in the preparation of interpretive or analytical accounting/ financial statements and reports or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information


This position is subject to a criminal history background check through CastleBranch. In addition, one or more of the following may also be reviewed, depending on the nature and requirements of the position: employment history, professional references, credit history, and educational verification (i.e., degree, license, or official transcript). Foreign degrees may require an official evaluation for U.S. equivalency. Applicants will be required to pass the background check to the satisfaction of the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer. All offers of employment are conditional until the satisfactory completion of the background check.

This office uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions with highly qualified individuals. All applicants must complete and submit a State application for employment using the NEOGOV Online Job Application System (http://www.oshr.nc.gov/jobs/) for the State of North Carolina. To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form. Any information omitted from the application cannot be considered in screening for qualifying credit. Attached or incorporated resumes (including Text resumes on application form) WILL NOT be used for screening for qualifying credit. Please make sure you complete the application in full. "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted. Other attachments will also be accepted, but not used in screening for qualifying credit. Applicants may be subject to a criminal background check.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account and click "Application Status". It is not necessary to contact the Human Resources Office to check the status of an application.

If you are having technical issues submitting your application, please call the NEOGOV Help Line at 855-524-5627. If there are any questions about this posting, other than your application status, please email Dept of State Treasurer at HR@nctreasurer.com

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