In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in professional accounting.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
This is a professional working level and distinguished from lower level accounting classes by the requirement to independently apply knowledge and analysis of professional accounting principles.
Works under the general supervision of a Supervising Accountant or other employee of higher grade.
May lead/supervise lower-level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Records complex and compound journal entries;
Prepares balance sheets and financial statements involving multiple accounts;
Analyzes and interprets accounting records and reports;
Assists higher level staff in planning, design and implementation of accounting procedures or systems;
Reviews expenditures and prepares or reviews financial statements;
Assists in budget management by compiling and reviewing agency manager program budget proposals, preparing estimates and calculations of projected expenditures and quarterly allotments, and preparing monthly reports;
Monitors fiscal aspects of grant programs by preparing or reviewing financial reports, reviewing expenditures for compliance with grant contracts, providing technical assistance to grantees in maintaining accounting records;
Recommends accounting related improvements to business practices such as accounting controls and financial reviews;
Utilizes electronic data processing (EDP) systems for financial records, reports and analysis;
Assists in EDP experts in planning and implementation of financial aspects of EDP systems;
May supervise bookkeeping (e.g., maintenance, balancing and reconciling of accounts), accounts payable and/or receivable functions or other accounting related paraprofessional or clerical functions;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
professional accounting principles and practices;
governmental accounting and budgeting;
basic auditing principles and practices;
oral communication and written skills;
prepare, analyze and evaluate financial statements and other accounting records and reports;
analyze and evaluate accounting methods and procedures;
utilize EDP systems for financial management;
read and interpret written materials.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience in accounting or auditing.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the paraprofessional level. Work at the paraprofessional level requires exercise of some independent judgment in applying basic accounting principles and may be compared to the level of a full charge bookkeeper.
NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of an Assistant Accountant.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
Successful completion of an Accounting Careers Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience and Special Experience.
College training in accounting or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
A Master's degree in accounting may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
Certification as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor may be substituted for one (1) year of the General and Special Experience.
Two (2) years of experience as an Assistant Accountant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(16)-ADMIN & RESID (P-5)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Accountant in Salary Group AR 23 approved effective January 09, 2023. (Revised to modify Minimum Qualifications – Substitutions Allowed) Final No. 23-045