Assistant Controller

Department/Agency of position: 
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Accounting Department
Location of position: 
Arlington, VA
$101,374 – $146,991
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Closing Date: 
Friday, December 13, 2019
Job Description: 

As the Assistant Controller, you will assist in the day-to-day management of accounting and grant functions for the Airports Authority:

  • Directs, coordinates, prepares, and reviews the preparation of internal and external financial statements and reports.
  • Establishes, implements, and enforces accounting policies and procedures. Ensures policies and procedures are up-to-date.
  • Researches new accounting pronouncements and provides guidance on changes in accounting policies and procedures.
  • Ensures compliance and enforces adherence with Federal, state, and local grant requirements.
  • Manages assigned modules or funds within the enterprise financial management system or other accounting systems.
  • Serves as backup for the Controller’s in his/her absence.
  • Coordinates with internal and external auditors (Corporate).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or related field, with a minimum of twenty-four semester hours of accounting courses and twenty-four semester hours of business courses (including courses in economics, finance, marketing, statistics, management, and computer information systems) for a total of forty-eight semester hours.
  • No more than six semester hours of accounting courses can be counted toward the twenty-four hours of business courses.
  • Introductory accounting courses cannot be considered business courses.


  • Seven years of progressively responsible experience in accounting or auditing, with emphasis on accounting to include accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger functions, project and capital asset reporting or payroll.
  • Four of the seven years of experience must include preparing and reviewing internal and external financial statements and reports.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); other guides, such as Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) or Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issuances; and professional accounting practices, methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply financial and accounting requirements of accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger functions and operations, project and capital asset reporting and payroll.
  • Ability to manage multiple related accounting domains and identify interdependencies and interactions in specialized accounting domains.
  • Ability to perform complex analyses of data and information and make recommendations.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles and ability to manage the operations and programs of the unit/team.
  • Ability to speak and write effectively.
  • Skill in using a computer and office suite software, with emphasis on accounting and financial systems/software.


  • A state driver’s license in good standing.
  • Licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).


  • Must maintain CPA licensure.
  • Work is typically reviewed in progress and upon completion for quantity, quality, timeliness, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.
  • A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.| Follow us on Twitter @MWAAcareers.