Accountant Senior Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Performs professional accounting activities for a specialized and
complex assignment or functional area requiring application of an
advanced professional, competent knowledge of accounting principles
and practices. May supervise or lead lower level professional
accountants and other staff in performing duties. Exercises broad
discretion and creativity as to work details on assignments of a
varied, diverse and difficult nature.
third in a series of five classifications. It is distinguished from
the Accountant classification in that incumbent's work independently
under broad direction and may provide work direction and supervision
to lower-level professional accountants and other staff. Work at
this level is more complex and difficult in ways such as problem
solving for which no clear precedent exists; greater than average
responsibility for a specialized, relatively unstable, or large
assignment where overall impact is higher; solving complex technical
and managerial problems beyond accounting system maintenance or
those that are unique or non-recurring. It is distinguished from the
Accounting Manager in that the Accounting Manager is subject to less
technical supervision and has management responsibility for a unit
Examples of Duties:
- Provides technical advice and services to lower level
accountants or other university staff with problems, complex
issues or special projects.
- Reviews and controls accounts and records to ensure
accuracy, proper documentation, and compliance with all
pertinent procedures and regulations.
- Reviews and adjusts funds or accounts such as cash or
- Prepares complex journal entries and records composite
- Adjusts to changing needs of university operations or needs
to provide specialized or individualized reports.
- Balances complex federal, local or state reports and tax
- Researches, analyzes and uses independent judgment in a
variety of daily and non-routine decisions affecting assigned
- Researches and evaluates new or changed accounting
principles and practices.
- Conducts training for campus users.
- Provides specialized or general calculations and analysis
support in various accounting functions; prepares specialized or
highly complex reports, statements, analyses and interpretation
utilizing advanced knowledge and proficiency in accounting
practices, principles and interrelationships for both management
and outside agencies.
- Recommends alternatives to management when accounting data
indicates trends or situations requiring action to be taken
beyond scope of responsibilities.
- Establishes or revises procedures or operating policies of
assigned function; participates in development and
implementation of new or revised accounting systems.
- Reviews accounting and reporting systems, procedures and
completed assignments of other staff to ensure compliance with
university or outside agency regulations.
- May supervise the activities of subordinates.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of accounting principles, practices, principles
- Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
- Skill in performing detailed numerical computations.
- Skill in preparing detailed reports on a timely basis.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
- Skill in the use of computer hardware and software.
Bachelor's degree in Accounting or a related field and two years of
professional accounting experience; OR, Six 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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