Comptroller, Alexandria, VA

Comptroller, Alexandria, VA

The Job

The City of Alexandria is looking for a Comptroller with demonstrated leadership skills, a team-based approach to work, superior interpersonal and analytical skills, and a commitment to excellent customer service. Alexandria’s 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 Accounting Division.

The Division maintains records on the City’s financial operations, 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.


Minimum requirements 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 pubic 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 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.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter, current salary, and a list of 3-5 professional references. Apply immediately. The position is open until filled with first review of applications on May 27.

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