Job Description

Accountant 3

  • 495907
  • Full-time


The 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. 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. AHCCCS employees are passionate about their work, committed to high performance, and dedicated to serving the citizens of Arizona.

Accountant 3


Posting Details:

Salary: $60,850 - $62,850 

Grade: 22

Job Summary:

The Division of Business and Finance (DBF) is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team as an Accountant 3. This position is critical in implementing reporting requirements that exceed conventional governmental accounting standards. They include highly complex federal financial reporting regulations for medical expenditures for Arizona’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance programs. These expenditures exceed $11 billion per year. In addition, this position has vital responsibilities for expenditures and cash federal reporting of Federal grants.

Job Duties:

* Performing professional operating accounting work requiring the standardized application of the established accounting principles, theories, concepts and practices for the creation of Quarterly Statement of Expenditures reports for Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and for the management at Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

* Analyzing variances and responding with expert level knowledge to federal auditors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), AHCCCS’ Federal cognizant agency. Summarizing accounting literature in support of reporting and grant compliance requirements.

* Performing professional cost accounting work when completing the daily federal draw for approximately 3 billion dollars per quarter for multiple grants under Title 19 and Title 21 of Social Security Act and multiple Behavioral Health Grants.

* Overseeing and performing financial analysis of the AFIS generated cost accounting documents for reasonableness, identifying inconsistencies and errors and proactively providing recommendations to the management for their correction.

* Establishing and maintaining effective fiscal management by performing expert analysis of AFIS accounting structure and coding (including the complex Cost Allocation structure) to complete the federal draw by federal awards correctly.

* Developing and updating the Federal draw procedures, providing upper management with accurate input and effective solutions when improvements are needed.

* Preparing the federal reporting for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Annual Federal Financial Status Report, FFR 425 and Quarterly Federal Cash Transaction Reports, FFR 425. For internal control purposes, this position performs comprehensive balancing between the internal tracking documents, AFIS, Data Warehouse and Payment Management System reports

* Developing processes and conducting revenue reconciliations, between the Payment Management System (PMS) and the Arizona Financial Information System (AFIS) for all federal grants, including all Behavioral Health grants, Title19 and Title 21 awards.

* Reconciling reports and financial data from AHCCCS’ Prepaid Medical Management Information System (PMMIS), AHCCCS’ accounting system for medical payments, to AFIS.

* Monitoring the available federal award balances to ensure adequate federal funding is available for payment of programmatic and administrative expenditures through the end of each quarter. This position is critical in recommending to the management when the supplemental award should be requested.

* Ensuring compliance with the Federal Cash Management policy and procedures (Cash Management Improvement Act), recognizing inconsistencies and making recommendations for changes.

* Monitoring State cash investment/divestment of funds and Federal cash draws and related deposits with the State Treasurer to ensure sufficient grant monies are available to cover AHCCCS’ Federal funding needs.

* Assist with special projects and prepare complex data analysis or reports and makes recommendations to management on internal control improvements and procedural changes. Determine necessary changes required to mainframe programs, database and spreadsheet applications used in the ongoing analysis and compilation of expenditure and revenue data used in the financial reporting processes.

* Perform other accounting duties related to areas of responsibility as needed.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

* Automated accounting systems and in software applications in a Windows and or Google
environments; Excel, Word, Access, and other PC based accounting databases, Cognos, spreadsheet and mainframe software.

* Substantial knowledge of the methods and techniques of development of accounting data and
processing related to large financial systems.

* Knowledge in budgetary and financial requirements; internal control, fiscal management; federal grants management; and procurement and contracts management.

* Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a high paced, continuously changing environment with frequently changing priorities.

* Skill in analytical, organizational and problem solving, including the ability to interpret financial and statistical data.

* Principles and practices of accounting and auditing in accordance with Generally Accepted
Accounting Principles (GAAP) as determined by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).

* Federal and State laws, rules, regulations and policies governing financial requirements related to the Agency’s programs as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), State of Arizona Accounting Manual (SAAM), Arizona Revised Statutes including current legislative session law and AHCCCS Administrative Policies and Procedures.

Selective Preference(s):

* Bachelors or Master’s degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Public Administration or other related fields.

* A minimum of two years of accounting work experience in governmental or related financial accounting.

* Preferred experience with the Arizona Financial Information System (AFIS).


At AHCCCS, we promote the importance of work/life balance by offering workplace flexibility and a variety of learning and career development opportunities. Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are 10 paid holidays per year, accrual of sick and annual leave, affordable medical benefits and participation in the Arizona State Retirement Plan.

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-417-4497.

Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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