Arizona Department of Administration

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment SystemAccountability, Community, Innovation, Leadership, Passion, Quality, Respect, Courage, TeamworkThe Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid agency, is driven by its mission to deliver comprehensive, cost-effective health care to Arizonans in need. AHCCCS is a nationally acclaimed model among Medicaid programs and a recipient of multiple awards for excellence in workplace effectiveness and flexibility.AHCCCS employees are passionate about their work, committed to high performance, and dedicated to serving the citizens of Arizona. Among government agencies, AHCCCS is recognized for high employee engagement and satisfaction, supportive leadership, and flexible work environments, including remote work opportunities. With career paths for seasoned professionals in a variety of fields, entry-level positions, and internship opportunities, AHCCCS offers meaningful career opportunities in a competitive industry. Come join our dynamic and dedicated team.

Accountant 4

Job Location:

Address: 801 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Posting Details:

Must reside in the state of Arizona
Salary: $84,298 – $89,298
Grade: 24
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
This position is eligible for full-time remote work (including virtual office arrangement).

Job Summary:

This position is a senior level accountant, who has comprehensive knowledge of Federal and State laws, regulations and policies governing AHCCCS’ programs as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Arizona Revised Statutes, State Accounting Rules (Arizona Accounting Manual), and AHCCCS administrative policies and procedures. This position is required to work independently applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), Financial Accounting Standards Boards (FASB) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) theories and concepts in a state governmental environment. This position shall design, develop, and maintain the transaction coding profile elements necessary to enable an automated production of accrual and modified accrual basis financial statements within the AZ360 statewide accounting system.

Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:• Prepare the annual agency financial statements for the agency in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Coordinate, assist and provide detailed schedules (Including trial balance sheets, accrual entries, transfer reclassification and reconciliation, fixed assets, fund balances) to the General Accounting Office for the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).• Streamline the business process, design functionality and future business enhancements. Develop and maintain the coding structures within AZ360, the statewide accounting system, to facilitate both daily cash management and reporting needs. • Prepare comprehensive financial reports for the Medicaid School Based Services program (DSC) and the EPSDT Administrative Outreach program (MAC). Coordinate MAC claim review and audit. Assist external audit performed by CMS, OIG, and independent audit firm for both DSC and MAC program. Research and provide analytical information to the management for program implementation.• Reconcile AZ360 fund balance including Federal or State revenue and expenditures, county revenue, TPL revenue, premium revenue, and collected fees. Prepare reports to management for review.• Manage, coordinate, and assist the external audit processes including the agency’s annual financial statement audit and Medicaid School Based Services audits. Coordinate with other divisions or units to provide accurate reports. Ensure that documentation is prepared and available to support the timely conclusion of audits.• Expert knowledge of Agency’s program, policies, and procedures. Resolve problems and questions presented by management regarding accounting transactions, policies, and process. Assist with special projects and prepare complex data analysis, report to, and make recommendations to management on internal control improvements and procedural changes.• Study the compilation of data for quarterly CMS-64 and CMS-21 reports. Participate in reviewing the manual entries that were prepared by the Accountant III for the quarterly CMS-64 Quarterly Statement of Expenditures for the Medical Assistance Program and CMS-21 State Children’s Health Insurance Program Expenditures.• Prepare analysis and research of the CMS-64 and CMS-21 system transactions based on queries from the data warehouse.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge:• Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental and Financial Accounting Standards Board (GASB and FASB) pronouncements and cash and accrual basis accounting• Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) and Generally Accepted Governmental Auditing Standards (GAGAS) as they relate to the principles, concepts, practices, methods and techniques of governmental accounting and fiscal management• Financial statement preparation• Methods and techniques of automated accounting systems• Federal and State laws, regulations and policies governing AHCCCS’ programs outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR’s), Arizona Revised Statutes including current legislative session law, State Accounting Rules (Arizona Accounting Manual), and AHCCCS administrative policies and procedures • Methods and techniques of development of data processing related to large financial systems, and of financial research methodologies• Payment Management System (PMS), Arizona’s Financial System (AZ360), BI Cognos, Prepaid Medical Management Information System (PMMIS)Skills:• Work organization and accomplishment• Analysis, interpretation and communication of financial data• Spreadsheet and database development• Oral and written communication• Problem solving techniques • Imparting knowledge to others• Proficient in Windows, Excel, Word, MS Access and other PC-based accounting, database, spreadsheet and mainframe software including the Arizona Financial System (AZ360)Abilities:• Resolve problems and questions from management, peers, subordinate staff and staff with other State Agencies regarding work processes, policies, organization or methods of financial data compilation and reporting• Write reports summarizing financial data compilation, interpretation, analysis• Write operating procedures for the work assignments• Work effectively and efficiently in a high paced, continuously changing environment with frequent interruptions


Minimum: • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or closely related field; Two years experience as an Accountant 2, 3, or equivalent.Preferred: • Experience in governmental or related financial accounting utilizing complex automated systems preparing variety of financial reports and statements. Preferred experience will include accounting experience obtained in the healthcare field. CPA license is a plus.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees. • Successfully pass fingerprint background check, prior employment verifications and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.

If this position requires driving or the use of a vehicle as an essential function of the job to conduct State business, then the following requirements apply: Driver’s License Requirements.

All newly hired State employees are subject to and must successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).


Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are: • 10 paid holidays per year • Paid Vacation and Sick time off (13 and 12 days per year respectively) – start earning it your 1st day (prorated for part-time employees)• Paid Parental Leave-Up to 12 weeks per year paid leave for newborn or newly-placed foster/adopted child (pilot program).• Other Leaves – Bereavement, civic duty, and military.• A top-ranked retirement program with lifetime pension benefits • A robust and affordable insurance plan, including medical, dental, life, and disability insurance• Participation eligibility in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)• RideShare and Public Transit Subsidy• A variety of learning and career development opportunities

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive. Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right. An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion.

Learn more about the Paid Parental Leave pilot program here. For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Lifetime Pension Benefit Program• Administered through the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)• Defined benefit plan that provides for life-long income upon retirement.• Required participation for Long-Term Disability (LTD) and ASRS Retirement plan.• Pre-taxed payroll contributions begin after a 27-week waiting period (prior contributions may waive the waiting period).Deferred Retirement Compensation Program • Voluntary participation.• Program administered through Nationwide.• Tax-deferred retirement investments through payroll deductions.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by emailing should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. The State of Arizona is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

$84,298 – $89,298

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