Accountant Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
administrative direction, performs professional accounting
activities for specialized, complex and/or functional areas
requiring the expert knowledge and professional application of
accounting principles, practices, and techniques in accordance with
industry standards, current laws, and university policy. May
supervise or lead lower level professional accountants and other
staff in performing duties. Works independently under broad
direction solving complex technical and managerial problems.
fourth in a series of five classifications. It is distinguished from
the Accountant Senior in that incumbents work at a higher level of
expertise and have some responsibility for the management of a
permanent unit or sub-unit. It is distinguished from the Accounting
Manager, which is subject to less technical supervision with more
responsibility for managing personnel and resources.
Examples of Duties:
- Supervises activities of subordinates; assigns work and
- Plans, directs, organizes, and schedules the activities of a
specialized accounting function or several accounting areas.
- Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of financial
reports and reconciliation.
- Advises administrative management as to procedures
concerning expenditures and other accounting practices.
- Prepares and/or directs the preparation of specialized or
highly complex reports, statements, surveys or analyses for
- Maintains accounting and budget records.
- Recommends alternatives to management when accounting data
indicates trends or situations requiring action to be taken
beyond scope of responsibilities.
- Researches, analyzes, and uses independent judgment in a
variety of daily and non-routine decisions affecting assigned
- Reviews statements of accounting information and other
reports provided by the university general ledger system.
- Provides internal/external training both orally and in
writing on accounting systems, procedures and practices.
- Provides technical advice and services to lower level
accountants or other university staff with problems, complex
issues or special projects.
- Researches and evaluates new or changed accounting
principles and practices.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of accounting principles, theory and practices
including governmental accounting.
- Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices and
- Knowledge of computerized accounting systems and
applications to include main frame systems, personal computers,
and general software applications.
- Skill in performing detailed and complex numerical
computations and reports.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field and four years of
professional accounting experience; OR, Eight years' professional
accounting experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience
and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and
abilities have been achieved.
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