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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  This work involves independent responsibility for the maintenance of a comprehensive system of municipal accounts or independent responsibility for the maintenance of a comprehensive system of school district accounts, by applying principles of accounting. Responsibilities include a variety of general ledger functions, as well as reconciliations, preparation of financial statements and budget/actual documents, etc. Work is performed under supervision of a higher-level fiscal administrator. Direct supervision may be exercised over the work of Junior Accountant(s) and/or account clerical personnel. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Maintains and/or oversees maintenance of all general ledger accounting operations and functions;
  • Performs or oversees record-keeping and required fiscal reporting for agency, district, local, state and federal agencies, as required, by interpreting guidelines, instructions, schedules and by providing advice and assistance;
  • Prepares or oversees preparation of a variety of fiscal reports, including financial statements, budget projections and budget/actual statements, reports to governmental agencies etc.;
  • Prepares bank deposits, reconciliations and balances for a variety of accounts such as general, payroll, capital projects, petty cash, etc.;
  • Maintains and/or oversees accounting methods and procedures;
  • Checks, classifies and codes financial transactions for computer input;
  • Analyzes records of past and present operations, trends and costs, estimated revenues, administrative commitments and obligations;
  • Assists in the preparation of schedules and financial statements required in the annual year end closing process;
  • Assists in the training of staff in the details and objectives of the work;
  • May serve as School Tax Collector in a school district;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Good knowledge of accounting principles, practices and techniques, particularly as they relate to governmental accounting; good knowledge of office terminology, procedures and equipment; ability to maintain and audit comprehensive accounting records including general journals and ledgers; ability to prepare closing entries and financial statements and reports; ability to understand and interpret difficult written and tabular materials; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, employees, program officials and others; tact and courtesy.


Bachelor's degree in accounting.

NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.


8/99; 11/00; 5/09

Competitive Class

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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