This is professional accounting work of a supervisory nature characterized by independent responsibilities for developing and modifying or assisting in developing and modifying departmentalized accounting systems. Work involves the application of professional accounting principles and techniques in the analysis of an institution's, department's, or agency's accounting functions to determine the legality and propriety of its fiscal activities and the effectiveness of its accounting system. Work is performed under general supervision but in accordance with fiscal policies and regulations of the institution, department, or agency where employed. Supervision is usually received from an administrative officer in a higher classification. The primary difference from an Accountant/Auditor II is the increased magnitude of the operation, together with the complexity and increased budget, size of the agency, and increased relationships. Incumbents in this classification may function as the administrative head of a moderate-sized accounting division or as the assistant to the administrative head of the fiscal division of a large state agency, department, or institution.
Examples of Work:
Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:
Assumes responsibility for fiscal decisions, at varying degrees of finality, which reflect all major portions of the fiscal activity of a large agency or department.
Institutes major fiscal policies of a high, complex and important nature, and a great variety of distinctly different accounting areas.
Establishes and maintains important public contacts which involve the making of decisions that effectively commit the agency to important fiscal actions.
Supervises through subordinates and/or performs such accounting work as developing and modifying complex accounting systems, maintaining a variety of ledgers, maintaining controls and balances, and preparing fiscal statements and analyses.
Supervises various other accounting and clerical accounting functions related to these activities.
Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.
These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform all essential functions of the position.
A Master's Degree from an accredited four-Year college or university in accounting or business administration;
Three (3) Years of experience in accounting or auditing;
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-Year college or university in accounting or business administration;
Four (4) Years of experience in accounting or auditing.
Graduation from a standard four-Year high school degree or equivalent (GED), directly related education or directly related experience may be substituted on an equal basis. Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the MS State Board of Public Accountants may be substituted for two (2) Years of the required general or managerial experience. Certification by the Institute of Internal Auditors as a Certified Internal Auditor may be substituted for one (1) Year of the required general or managerial experience.
Applicant must attach a copy of his/her license as a Certified Public Accountant or certification as a Certified Internal Auditor, when applicable.
Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Supervises staff performing accounting/auditing functions and/or performs supporting activities.
2. Manages accounting and budget data on general and special funds.
3. Prepares and submits financial reports and other fiscal documents.
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