Controller - Financial Services Manager
Posting Details
Position Title:
Controller - Financial Services Manager
Administrative Division - Financial Services
Position Number:
Closing Date:
8/16/19 5:00 p.m.
Posting Description

Controller - Financial Services Manager

$80,405.00 - $157,390.00 Annually
Wake County, NC
Job Type
Permanent Full-Time
General Assembly
Job Number
9/9/2019 5:00 PM Eastern
Position Number
Description of Work


***Previous applicants from the Controller position need not re-apply.***
The North Carolina General Assembly, State Legislative Branch, is seeking an experienced North Carolina Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with demonstrated and proven outstanding leadership and accounting skills in managing a financial institution or division to oversee our non-partisan Financial Services Office. The role of the General Assembly Controller is to protect the financial integrity of the General Assembly while promoting accountability and providing professional accounting services in an objective and efficient manner through the use of various accounting, disbursing, payroll, budgeting, cash management, and financial reporting systems. The Controller prepares, maintains, and monitors the operating budget for the General Assembly and related budgets for the House of Representatives, Senate, Committees, Study Commissions, and other internal divisions. The Controller also provides sound financial and analytical advice and answers technical questions for the Legislative Services Officer, legislators, and legislative staff.
The Financial Services Office is a full-service financial department located within the Administrative Division of the General Assembly. As the Manager of the Financial Services Office, the Controller is responsible for providing executive direction and management of the Financial Services staff in accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash management, purchasing, financial reporting, payroll, budget and tax reporting, financial audit, check distribution, fixed assets and inventory control accounting, capital projects, committee budgets, general fund accounting functions, and internal operations. The Controller will perform job duties in compliance with general accounting practices, state and federal laws, and regulations applicable to governmental employment while under the general supervision of the Legislative Services Officer. The Controller works closely with leadership and reports directly to the Legislative Services Officer.
Important Elements:
  • The Controller must maintain and exhibit a high level of honesty, trust, confidentiality, and integrity at all times.
  • The Controller must understand and utilize good accounting practices and internal control in order to remain legally compliant, prevent fraud or theft, and maintain accurate financial information for the General Assembly.
  • The hiring salary will be commensurate with work experience, knowledge, and proven abilities.
Examples of Duties:
  • Directs and supervises a team of experienced professionals that is responsible for the daily financial operations, payroll, purchasing, budgeting, and general accounting functions within the Financial Services office.
  • Provides leadership in the development of the department's strategic plan, including the development and execution of the department's overall strategic goals.
  • Oversees the management and delivery of numerous payrolls and benefits provider payments for the legislators and legislative staff through complex accounting and financial reporting systems.
  • Assists legislators and legislative staff with interpreting and explaining the payroll rules, taxes, and related personnel and payroll processes; and conducts group orientation sessions as needed on payroll and benefits.
  • Performs regular, detailed audits to ensure accuracy and sound internal control in financial documents and expenditures.
  • Responds to questions and advises the Legislative Services Officer and House of Representatives and Senate leadership on budgeting analysis and issues, financial strategy, financial reporting, and forecasting according to the financial needs of the General Assembly.
  • Prepares, with the assistance of the division directors, annual budget reports, amendments, and other requests generated from the budgetary data; develops recommendations of budgets, processes, and revisions for the Legislative Services Officer.
  • Works in developing fiscal policy; interprets and enforces the current policy and procedures for the department in payrolls and employee benefits administration; purchasing, accounts payable, cash management, accounts receivable, budgeting, fixed assets management, financial reporting, and other areas of finance and business of the General Assembly.
  • Works closely with the Office of State Controller and Office of State Budget Management and other State agencies to ensure that the General Assembly's purchasing and budgetary systems complies with the State accounting and standard budgetary systems, accounting principles and guidelines.
  • Oversees and certifies the preparation and accuracy of annual financial statements, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), and related independent audits.
  • Manages working relationships with outside external auditors for our annual external audits.
  • Utilizes the North Carolina Accounting System (NCAS), e-Procurement, Core Banking System (CB$), and Cash Management Control Systems (CMCS) to conduct and oversee financial activities.
  • Works with system analysts and programmers as needed in the modification or enhancement of the payroll, accounting, and budgetary systems.
  • Oversees the development of purchasing policies and procedures and reviews contracts for compliance with established State policy.
  • Facilitates and aids the process of assisting legislators and staff as needed with completing forms for payroll in accordance with the human resources and payroll policies, as well as with the revision of forms and information on fringe benefits.
  • Coaches and mentors staff and conducts annual performance appraisals.
  • Performs other duties as required and directed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Relational Skills:
  • Ability to maintain composure and work cooperatively under pressure with legislators, legislative staff, and the public on a daily basis in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships internally with the public, division directors, governmental officials, legislators, and legislative staff.
  • Strong team-management skills, with the ability to build and maintain solid cross-functional relationships while upholding and maintaining the integrity of the office.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to inspire confidence and momentum at all levels, utilizing effective communication and information dissemination to diverse audiences.
  • Ability and willingness to bring attention to uncomfortable situations and challenging problems and have productive, difficult conversations.
  • Ability to maintain productive relationships with the Office of State Controller, Office of State Budget Management, and other state agencies in order to complete reports that comply with the State accounting and budgetary policies and procedures.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Competencies:
  • Must possess strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Exceptional knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, cost accounting, cost control principles, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of public finance administration, including knowledge of state governmental fiscal and budgetary processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to compile and analyze budgetary information and budget revisions.
  • Ability to design and prepare analytical and interpretive financial reports, statements, forms, and records.
  • Considerable knowledge of various accounting systems and the use of technology in developing and using those systems for budget design, development, analysis and enhancement.
  • Working knowledge of the North Carolina Accounting System (NCAS), Cash Management Control System (CMCS), and filing Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR).
  • Knowledge of purchasing and contracting practices.
  • Ability to view situations from both an operational and bigger-picture perspective and distinguish and navigate situations that should be solved with technical fixes and those that require more adaptive measures.
  • Ability and willingness to work extended hours as needed to meet financial deadlines for the General Assembly.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Required Education and Experience:
  • Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a degree in accounting, business administration, finance, or related curriculum with 18 semester hours of accounting coursework.
  • Must be a licensed North Carolina Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • At least ten years of progressively responsible work experience in an accounting or financial services environment.
  • Qualifying experience of at least seven years in a supervisory role directing in-depth financial accounting/reporting responsibilities, or directing a major organizational unit in a complex financial system; or directing a budget planning and monitoring system, or directing an audit program for financial and/or operational audits.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the North Carolina governmental principles and practices of state budgeting, accounting, cost accounting, and related financial systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of the state governmental fiscal and budgetary processes.
  • Working knowledge of North Carolina General Statutes and of state financial practices and procedures.
  • Experience working with budgetary data, annual budget reporting, amendments, and other requests.
Preference will be given to applicants with the following experiences:
  • Five years of work experience in a Government agency or entity.
  • Experience working with or for the Office of State Controller and Office of State Budget Management.
  • Experience completing and filing Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR).
  • Experience working with the North Carolina Accounting System (NCAS) and Cash Management Control System (CMCS).

Supplemental and Contact Information

***NC General Assembly positions are NOT Subject to the State Human Resources Act***

To apply for the Controller – Financial Services Manager position, submit the NC General Assembly application packet (application, cover letter, and résumé) through the NC General Assembly website:

The application packet must contain the following three descriptive items in order to be considered for the position:
  1. Electronic online application: Application must include a complete descriptive work history with all prior employment detailed in the work experience section to be considered for employment.
  2. Detailed cover letter that addresses:
         a) all the applicant requirements and competencies listed above
         b) employment or educational experience relevant to the position
         c) reasons for interest in working as the General Assembly's Controller
  3. Current résumé (maximum length – 3 pages).
To be considered for the Controller – Financial Services Manager position, all applicants must submit a NC General Assembly application, résumé, and cover letter by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 16, 2019.

Agency Contact Information:
North Carolina General Assembly Human Resources Office: (919) 715-1210

***Due to the high volume of applications expected, we will be unable to provide information regarding the status of an application.***

The General Assembly offers employees and their eligible family members a comprehensive and valuable benefits program. The employees have the opportunity to participate in a variety of benefits which can enrich their quality of life, their health, and their future. Benefits include employee health insurance options, standard and supplemental retirement plans, NC Flex (flexible benefits - a variety of high-quality, low cost benefits on a pre-tax basis), paid vacation, sick, community service leave, and more. 

State of North Carolina
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An Equal Opportunity Employer, North Carolina, State Government