Experienced Technical Accountant, US State and Local Government
Fully Remote Chicago, IL
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Are you interested in exploring how to apply your accounting knowledge to positively and substantially impact local communities through a career serving the public sector? 

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is looking for an experienced accounting professional to join our team. GFOA is dedicated to advancing excellence in state and local government financial management to help build thriving communities. Our 22,000+ members across the United States and Canada rely upon GFOA to provide timely information, practical educational opportunities, high-quality publications, professional networking, and current best practices.  

There are opportunities for different experience levels of skilled professional accountants in the Certificate of Achievement (COA) for Excellence in Financial Reporting program at GFOA. The COA is an esteemed award recognizing local governments who go beyond the minimum requirements of accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure that is essential to establish trust in local government.  

GFOA offers a generous benefits package, including paid parental leave, a retirement savings program with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance. We encourage professional development, including access to on-demand LinkedIn Learning and provide tuition reimbursement. Our organization is committed to fostering a culture of learning, collaboration, and trust. GFOA values the strength diversity of all kinds brings to the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.    

GFOA will provide the unique and technical training needed for the position. Candidates should have a keen interest in developing specialized expertise in accounting and financial reporting for state and local governments.  

General Responsibilities  

  • Core duties: Performing technical reviews of Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports (ACFRs) submitted by state and local governments, applying generally accepted accounting principles applicable to US state and local governments (GAAP) and COA program requirements with a high level of proficiency. As a technical expert, you will apply your knowledge of local government accounting principles to assess ACFRs and offer local government applicants recommendations for improvements. 
  • Other opportunities: This role has the opportunity to participate in the design and delivery of training to our members. 




  • Minimum requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Accounting  
  • Experience contributing to local government Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports 
  • Attention to detail and critical thinking skills  
  • Ability to use document management technology  
  • Ability to thrive in an independent, fully remote role  


  • Experience as a COA program volunteer reviewer  
  • Familiarity with the use of Governmental Accounting Research System and GFOA's Governmental Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting (GAAFR)