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Job Specification 02758

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT

 

DEFINITION


 Under direction performs highly responsible accounting work involved
 in preparing financial statements and maintaining an accounting system
 requiring knowledge of relevant laws, rules, and regulations and the
 frequent exercise of independent judgment and/or takes the lead in a
 small accounting unit; does other related duties as required.

 NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
 all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
 performed on the job may not be listed.

 
EXAMPLES OF WORK:


 Performs highly responsible accounting work involved in the
 installation, operation, and auditing of accounts.

 Makes difficult inspections of varied financial transactions and
 records to ensure that concerned regulations and accounting procedures
 are observed.

 Assigns and supervises work of accountants and clerical employees.

 Compiles difficult financial and other statements and reports using
 basic data.

 Makes difficult investigations, examinations, and audits of financial
 records and prepares reports.

 Prepares difficult accounting and statistical tabulations.

 Prepares budget requests.

 Interprets budget requests and prepares current statements of the
 allocations and disbursements of budgeted funds.

 Performs the difficult work involved in auditing and recording expense
 invoices.

 Prepares audits and edits reports of costs and other financial
 summaries and statements.

 Checks disbursements and controls adherence to contractual
 obligations.

 Prepares detailed accounting reports containing findings, conclusions,
 and recommendations.

 Maintains or supervises maintenance of accounting records and files.

 Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
 office, or related units.

 REQUIREMENTS:

      EDUCATION:

       Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
 Bachelor's degree including or supplemented by twenty-one (21)
 semester hour credits in accounting subjects.

      NOTE: Applicants who have satisfactorily completed (21) semester
 hours credits in professional accounting courses at an accredited
 college or university may substitute accounting experience in work
 involving the installation, operation, and keeping of large scale
 systems of accounts for the remainder of the above educational
 requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 semester hour credits
 being equal to one (1) year of experience.

      NOTE: Possession of a valid certificate as a Registered Municipal
 Accountant or Certified Public Accountant issued by the NJ State Board
 of Certified Public Accountants or as a Certified Municipal Finance
 Officer issued by the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Division of
 Local Government Services may be substituted for the above education
 requirement.

      EXPERIENCE:

      Two (2) years of accounting or auditing experience.

      LICENSE:

      Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid
 in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
 mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

 Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures used in accounting.

 Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations governing the installation,
 operating, and keeping of accounts and their application to specific
 situations.

 Knowledge of the preparation of involved and detailed accounting and
 other financial reports containing findings, conclusions, and
 recommendations.

 Ability to analyze accounting problems.

 Ability to organize assigned work and develop effective work methods.

 Ability to see that prescribed accounting procedures are followed.

 Ability to provide technical advice and assistance to those charged
 with the keeping of financial records.

 Ability to apply established accounting methods and procedures.

 Ability to take and maintain a firm, correct stand when differences of
 opinion, interpretation, and fact arise.

 Ability to give assignments and instructions.

 Ability to prepare detailed accounting and other financial reports
 containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

 Ability to supervise maintenance of accounting records and files.

   Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
 recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or
 related units.

 Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English
 sufficiently to perform duties of this position. American Sign
 Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
 communication.

 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as
 they can perform essential functions of the job after reasonable
 accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation
 cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
 such persons may not be eligible.

 CODES: LG - 02758          MCK                 3/22/02

 This job specification is for local government use only.