The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) is the independent, private-sector organization with responsibility for the oversight, administration, and finances of its standard-setting Boards, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and their Advisory Councils. The FAF is seeking a highly qualified individual with substantial experience as an auditor of local government financial statements to fill one of the seven seats on the GASB.
Through its standard-setting boards, the organization establishes and improves financial accounting and reporting standards—known as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP—for public and private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and state and local governments in the United States. The FAF Board of Trustees selects and appoints the members of the FASB and the GASB and protects the independence and integrity of the standard-setting process. The FAF, FASB, and GASB are located in Norwalk, Connecticut.
The GASB is comprised of members with experience as state and local government financial statement auditors and preparers, a governmental financial statement user, a public accounting auditor, and a governmental accounting academic. The background and perspective of an auditor of local government financial statements is important to the success of the GASB.
Additional information is outlined as follows:
Background and Experience
Substantial employment experience as an auditor of local government financial statements is required.
A bachelor’s degree, from an accredited college or university, is required.
Professional certifications or advanced degrees in accounting, business administration, public administration, or a related field are desirable, but not mandatory. A Certified Public Accountant credential is highly desirable but not mandatory.
Active participation in related professional associations (for example, Government Finance Officers Association; Association of Government Accountants; Association of Local Government Auditors; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) is desirable, but not mandatory.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
Knowledge of state and local government financial accounting and reporting. A candidate should have strong knowledge, and experience with, financial accounting and reporting for the state and local government entities included under the GASB’s jurisdiction, regardless of his or her background.
Commitment to operate as an advocate for the public interest. A candidate should be free of conflicts of interest and should be an advocate for the public interest with the goal of producing the highest possible quality of standards that serve the current needs of users of governmental financial reports.
High level of intellect applied with integrity and with discipline. The GASB deals with controversial, complex High intelligence helps in absorbing a variety of complicated information and in understanding the pros and cons of the arguments advanced.
Judicial temperament. This quality implies the ability to consider impartially the evidence on all the many sides of the issues, to call for additional evidence if that seems necessary, and then to reach a decision within a reasonable period. The heart of this quality is the habit of gathering all evidence, weighing the pros and cons of the arguments, and making timely decisions.
Ability to work in a collegial atmosphere. The GASB is a collegial body, characterized by group decision making. Give-and-take is required among the decision makers to arrive at timely, workable solutions to problems.
Communication skills. Board members should be able to communicate effectively in both oral and written form. Oral communication includes discussion in Board meetings, dialogue with fellow Board members and the technical staff, speeches, and other contacts with persons outside the GASB. Written communication includes internal memoranda, speeches, articles, and correspondence with stakeholders. All of these kinds of communication require thought, tact, and clarity of expression.
Awareness of the state and local government financial reporting environment. The GASB deals with technical accounting issues, but its decisions must be made in the context of trends and events in the government and financial community and in the context of the needs of users of governmental financial reports. A member of the GASB should have a broad understanding of the environment in which government operates and the forces that impact that environment. Consideration will be given to a candidate’s understanding of the relationship between accounting and reporting standards and government operations, finance, and public accountability.
Commitment to the GASB’s mission. A candidate for membership on the GASB should be committed to the Board’s mission as described in its mission statement and to the hard work required to fulfill it. A candidate should understand the role of due process, the need for consensus-building in the promulgation of standards, and a commitment to the goals of the GASB’s strategic plan. The part-time GASB Board position is equivalent to one-third of a full-time position. The successful candidate must be able to commit to a meeting every six weeks typically held from Tuesday through Thursday (noon) in Norwalk, Connecticut. Significant preparation is required prior to each Board meeting. The full recruitment brochure is available at GovHRUSA.com. The salary for this position is highly competitive; travel expenses and accommodations for the meetings are paid for by the FAF. Candidates should apply by December 7, 2018 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to www.govhrjobs.com to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA Tel: 847-380-3243.
Additional Salary Information: Travel expenses and accommodations for the meetings are paid for by the FAF.
About GovHR USA
GovHR USA employs a team of professionals with backgrounds in local government and the not-for-profit sector. The firm offers full-service executive recruitment and selection services that are customized to meet the organization’s individual needs. These services include a thorough analysis of the organization, in addition to a comprehensive understanding of the hiring authority’s expectations. Through the firm’s experience with hundreds of placements over the last decade, the GovHR USA team provides a growing pool of highly-qualified candidates who are well-suited to handle the challenges and expectations of professional positions in local government and the not-for-profit sector.
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