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Financial Manager/Comptroller

D33

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibility for planning and directing financial accounting, budgeting, auditing, investments, cash management and other fiscal operations and functions.  This includes directing staff activities in maintaining, analyzing and reporting financial accounting data, developing appropriate accounting systems, establishing necessary financial controls, approving various expenditures and obligations, planning and conducting internal and external audits, developing budget work programs and recommendations concerning appropriations, and similar functions.  Some positions may also be assigned responsibility for directing other agency functions, such as Administration, Personnel, or Procurement and Supply.

Typical Functions

The functions performed in this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Plans, directs and coordinates fiscal operations and financial accounting functions or assists in the planning and direction of such functions.
  • Develops accounting systems and procedures for recording revenues and expenditures; directs the maintenance of accounting records concerning appropriations or other revenues, payroll expenses, supply and equipment purchases, travel expenses,  contracting costs, and other financial transactions.
  • Plans and directs operational or financial audits and other reviews to insure financial accountability, insure compliance with established standards, and enhance agency operating procedures.
  • Directs the preparation of financial statements and reports.
  • Reviews and approves obligations and expenditures as needed.
  • Establishes necessary fiscal controls to insure appropriate accountability for revenues and expenditures.
  • Directs the review and preparation of budget work programs; reviews and approves agency budget requests and makes recommendations concerning the state budget. 

Level Descriptors

The Financial Manager/Comptroller job family has four levels which are distinguished by the complexity and accountability for directing fiscal and accounting operations of limited, moderate or large size and scope or assisting in the direction or supervision of such functions.

Level I:                                          Code:  D33A                             Salary Band:  N

At this level employees are assigned responsibility for planning and directing the fiscal operations of an agency which is limited in size and scope.  This may include those with between 50 and  200 authorized FTE, a budget or financial accounting or management responsibilities of less than five million dollars or a financial accounting staff of five or less FTE.  It also includes positions which are assigned responsibility for assisting in the direction of the financial operations of an agency of moderate size and scope as an assistant comptroller or in a large agency as the director of a major section within the Finance Division.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for classification at this level consist of knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and theories; of governmental accounting principles; of budgeting and auditing theories and techniques; of financial statements and reports; of accounting ledgers and journals; of cost accounting; of procurement laws and regulations; of computer technology related to accounting systems; and of supervisory principles and practices.  Ability is required to direct the work others; to review and analyze financial records; to prepare financial reports and statements; and to communicate effectively.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelors degree in accounting, business, public administration or a closely related field and five years of experience in professional accounting or auditing or closely related work, including two years in a supervisory or administrative capacity, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one additional year of professional accounting or auditing experience for each year of the required education.

Level II:                                   Code:  D33B                             Salary Band:  O

At this level employees are assigned responsibility for directing the fiscal operations and accounting activities of an agency of moderate size and scope.  This may include those with between 200 and 700 FTE, a budget or financial accounting or management responsibilities between five million and fifteen million dollars, or an accounting staff of between six and ten employees.  It also includes positions which are assigned responsibility for assisting in the direction of the financial operations of a large agency as the director of a major division of the Finance Department, such as the Accounting Division, Audit Division or Budget Division.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level are the same as those identified for Level I.

Education and Experience requirements for classification at this level consist of those identified for Level I.

Level III:                                  Code:  D33C                             Salary Band:  O

At this level employees are assigned responsibility for assisting in the direction of the fiscal operations and accounting activities of an agency which is large in size and scope or in managing multi-agency or statewide financial programs.  This may include those with an FTE authorization of more than 700, a budget or financial accounting or management responsibilities exceeding fifteen million dollars or an accounting staff of more than ten employees.  Employees at this level will function as an assistant comptroller or assistant director of the Finance Department with responsibility for providing direction to other division and section managers in providing required fiscal and financial services.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level are the same as those identified for Level I.

Education and Experience requirements at this level are the same as those identified for Level II.

Level IV:                                  Code:  D33D                             Salary Band:  Q

At this level employees are assigned responsibility for directing the overall fiscal operations and accounting activities of an agency which is large in size and scope, as defined in Level III.  This involves serving as the Director of the Finance Department or comparable position.  It may also include positions which are responsible for directing the operations of a major division of the Office of State Finance, which is assigned final responsibility for financial activities and operations involving all state agencies, such as the Budget Division, Central Accounting and Reporting Division and Financial Information System Management Division.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level are the same as those identified for Level I plus demonstrated ability to direct the operations of multiple units or sections involved in fiscal operations and financial accounting activities.

Education and Experience requirements for classification at this level are the same as those identified for Level I plus one additional year of qualifying professional level experience.