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Community Affairs, Georgia Department of - DCA

Make a difference and join the DCA Team!  DCA gives employees more to do than merely make a living.  We are serious about helping Georgia's families live more abundantly with a greater sense of hope and achievement.  If public service, a great environment, and the desire to enrich the lives of others motivate you to do your best work, you should consider joining the DCA Team.  


To help build strong, vibrant communities.


For Georgians of today and tomorrow to have the opportunity to live and work in thriving communities.


We are a diverse team of highly competent and committed professionals who strive to help people and communities thrive through technical expertise, innovative thinking, and a passion for making a difference.  Team members are at their best when collaborating and supporting each other as they perform challenging and dynamic work

General Description

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is a state organization dedicated to partnering with communities to help create a climate of success for Georgia's families and businesses. DCA offers a fast-paced, challenging, and dynamic environment that requires attention to detail, pride in quality of work, and the ability to work as a versatile team player. 

Overview of Job:

DCA is seeking a Principal Accountant for its Georgia Housing Finance Authority (GHFA) team. Under general supervision and according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), this position performs advanced professional accounting duties that require independent judgement and initiative. Duties include analyzing, recording, and interpreting financial transactions, preparing specialized and standard accounting reports and providing information to auditors and other third parties. This position records and reconciles cash and investment activity to externally held investment portfolios and commercial bank accounts.  This position will also initiate bank ACH and wire transactions, prepare journal entries and complete general ledger reconciliations for mortgage loan and housing grant programs. 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the relationship of GL balance and its subsidiary ledger balances, reconciliation of source data to accounting modules
  • Ability to accurately prepare accounting entries and adjustments and perform mathematical computations
  • Ability to retrieve information from the accounting system and identify and investigate discrepancies
  • Ability to work with federal forms and applicable regulations
  • Ability to review source documents, such as accounting reports, invoices, reviews, analyzes and resolves related problems
  • Ability to provide support to auditors and other reviewers and perform clerical responsibilities. Responds to requests for information/advice solves clerical/accounting problems
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines and collaborate with program managers
  • Skill in Excel and data analysis methods
  • Ability to interpret and present data to management team
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks

Agency Specific Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in accounting from an accredited college or university AND Two year of professional accounting experience


Bachelor's degree in accounting from an accredited college or university AND Three years of professional accounting experience


Bachelor's degree in a business curriculum from an accredited college or university AND Four years of professional accounting experience 

Position Requirements:

Job candidate for this position will be subject to a criminal background check, educational degree check, and reference checks prior to the extension of a job offer. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

Preference will be given to applicants who in addition to meeting the agency specific minimum qualifications possess at least one of the following:

  • Experience reconciling cash and investment accounts
  • Experience recording journal entries
  • Experience with mortgage loan or grant fund accounting


Note: An equivalent combination of education and job specific experience that provided the knowledge, experience and competencies required to successfully perform the job at the level listed may be substituted on a year-over-year basis.


This position is currently designated as a hybrid (part in-office and part remote/Telework) position.  This position is full time (40 hours per week) and may require occasional overtime.  Local periodic travel may be required. 



Sedentary Work – Ability to exert 10 - 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.

NOTE: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview. Due to the large volume of submissions received by this office, information concerning application and/or interview status cannot be provided.  Selected applicants will be contacted for next steps in the interview process.  Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.  This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.


DCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you need an accommodation for an interview, please contact the Human Resources Office at (404) 679-4845


Hiring is contingent upon satisfactory results of employment verification, background, criminal records investigation and motor vehicle reports.


This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the business and requirement of the job change.  This job posting may close at any time upon gaining a sufficient applicant pool from which to select a qualified candidate.


All duties and responsibilities listed are considered to be essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  Marginal functions of the position (those that are incidental to the performance of the job duties) have not been included.   However, the omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or logical assignment to the position.


Bachelor's degree in accounting and three (3) years of professional accounting job-related experience; or Two (2) years of experience at the lower level Accountant 3 (FIP022) or equivalent position.

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