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Alexandria, Virginia


The Position

The Comptroller provides administrative and technical assistance to the Finance Director and Deputy Director through directing and coordinating the daily operations of the Finance Department’s 20.45 FTE Accounting Division.

The Comptroller assists the Director in formulating, coordinating, and interpreting policies and procedures for the Accounting Division. As part of its responsibilities in the day-to-day direction of the Division, the position supervises and leads professional and nonprofessional accounting and other personnel; installs or revises accounting best practices; audits and assesses problems with forms and makes recommendations for revisions needed; reviews account classifications and statements; supervises the payroll process; manages the fixed assets system; and resolves travel policy issues.

A significant component of this position’s work includes establishing and maintaining internal financial controls, coordinating divisional workflow and automated financial management systems, and preparing the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The Organization

The Accounting Division maintains records on the financial operations of the City, prepares financial reports, prepares checks to fulfill City obligations to vendors, maintains the City’s employee payroll, and monitors expenditures and revenues to determine budgetary compliance.

Of the City’s $671.6 million proposed FY2017 budget, the Finance Department’s budget is $13,908,066. The Accounting Division’s budget is $3,025,662 with 20.45 FTEs who are organized into three areas:  financial reporting, accounting, and reconciliation.

The Division falls within the City’s focus area of providing an accountable, effective, and well-managed government. Its goal is to ensure compliance with fiscal regulations and best practices, thereby supporting the desired outcome of ensuring the fiscal strength of the City government.

The Accounting Division is one of eight within the Finance Department, whose goal is to treat all employees, residents, and business owners professionally, with fairness and compassion. The other divisions are Administration, Revenue Administration, Treasury, Purchasing, Pension Administration, Real Estate, and Risk Management. The Finance Department has a total of 104.5 FTE.


Minimum requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree and extensive experience in accounting, progressively responsible administrative and supervisory experience, and completion of college-level courses in accounting, financial management, business and public administration, computer science, and management information systems; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred qualifications are a master’s degree, designation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Virginia local government experience, and at least five years of experience directly overseeing a CAFR, annual audits working with external auditors, and staff supervision. Expertise using Microsoft Excel and all its functionality for complex financial modeling and analyses is also preferred.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a flexible employee and manager, with excellent management and interpersonal skills, able to represent the Department in an engaging and effective manner before customers, City employees, and other City officials. He/she must demonstrate strong leadership skills, including a team-based approach to work, superior interpersonal and analytical skills, and a commitment to excellent customer service for all constituencies. The ideal candidate will have highly developed written and verbal communication skills, with a proven track record of implementing best practices. The Comptroller must have a strong knowledge of and significant hands-on usage of financial software, including the ability to administrate and configure software, design custom reports, and implement new modules.


The City of Alexandria is in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia, Arlington, and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Alexandria, founded in 1749, is a unique and historic place. About one-quarter of the City has been designated as a national or local historic district. Thousands of buildings in these districts are monuments to the past, while being actively used by citizens for homes, businesses, and museums. It was a tobacco trading post, one of the ten busiest ports in America, a part of the District of Columbia, home to both the largest slave-trading firm in the country and a large free-black community, a Civil War supply center for Union troops, and a street-car suburb for Federal workers. Alexandria was also the hometown of George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Jim Morrison, and “Mama” Cass Elliot. Its beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture provides the backdrop for boutiques, restaurants, arts and culture, and a welcoming, walkable lifestyle.

Alexandria is conveniently located along I-95, I-495, I-395, Rt. 1, Rt. 7, Rt. 236, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway, and is minutes from I-66 and I-295. It is served by all major domestic and international airlines at three international airports, with Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport just 10 minutes from Old Town.

There is something for everyone in Alexandria. For outdoor enthusiasts, Alexandria has more than 900 acres of parks and dedicated open spaces. The City’s own Office of the Arts is developing a comprehensive, citywide cultural arts plan to define its role in supporting, producing, defining, and sustaining arts and culture initiatives throughout the City. Alexandria offers an array of historic and cultural attractions. Its many historic homes, churches, businesses, and museums allow residents and visitors alike to experience what makes Alexandria the charming and historic town it is today. Throughout the year, a host of events take place in the city, celebrating holidays, historical figures and the artistic. There is everything from annual festivals and parades, to art shows, live music, theater, history reenactments, and holiday celebrations.

The City also places a significant amount of emphasis on civic engagement. AlexEngage is an online forum for civic engagement with the goal of providing consistent, quality civic engagement practices for City decision-making. The public can comment on important questions facing the community, and City officials read and incorporate that feedback into their decisions.

The community is served by the 16 schools of the Alexandria City Public School System: one high school, two middle schools, 12 elementary schools, and one Pre-Kindergarten. In addition, there are numerous private schools that call Alexandria home.

According to the 2010 Census, the City comprises a wide array of racial and ethnic demographics, which create a vibrant and diverse community.

White 60.9%
African American 21.8%
Hispanic or Latino 16.1%
Asian 6.0%
Two or more races 3.7%
Native American 0.4%
Pacific Islander 0.1%

Our Motto

“Preserving the Past, while Innovating our Future!”


The salary for the position is $91,000–$161,000, with an expected hiring range of up to $120,000, depending on qualifications, with a competitive benefits package.

How to Apply

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Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 240-832-1778.

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