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NOW HIRING - Accountant - 2 Open Positions


The work involves responsibility for verifying the accounts of County departments and outside agencies. The incumbent maintains general ledgers and journals and other general books of account. In some departments, the incumbent supervises a clerical staff and under direction of a higher level administrator, is in charge of business office function, such as financial reports, budgeting, supply and purchasing.


Maintenance of general books according to established account classifications, including general ledgers and journals; Studies business and accounting procedures and recommends changes; Balances accounts and ledgers; Compiles data, prepares and submits periodic reports of the conditions of various accounts; Examines formally to verify accounts, both internally and those of outside agencies; Reviews grant award and audits the claim of grants; Determines depreciation rates on equipment; Advises subordinate and administrative personnelin accounting and record keeping procedures; Prepares financial and statistical reports; Sets-up and supervises the maintenance of property accounting systems; Assists in the preparation of budgets; May supervise clerical staff in business office performing duties relating to processing supply requests, ordering equipment and supplies, budget and financial record keeping, payments and requisitions.


Thorough knowledge of modern account keeping principles and techniques; thorough knowledge of office terminology, procedures and equipment; thorough knowledge of business arithmetic and English; good knowledge of Federal, State and local legislation theory governing the accounting operations of the agency or department to which assigned; ability to plan and supervise the work of a clerical and account keeping staff; ability to maintain, advise and install accounting and bookkeeping systems; ability to maintain complete personnel records, activity control records and to prepare detailed reports; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; industry and dependability; physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.


Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field, including or supplemented by twenty-four (24) semester credit hours in accounting and one (1) year of accounting* and/or auditing** experience. *


ACCOUNTING - Recording, classifying, verifying, reporting and analysis of financial data. **

AUDITING - Confirmation and documenting the veracity of data. NOTE 1: Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four (4) year college or university with a Master’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, or other closely related field may be substituted for the required (1) year of accounting* or auditing** experience.


NOTE 1:   Permanent Appointment will require passage of a civil service exam.  Exam is not currently scheduled.

NOTE 2:  Starting Salary: $37,629 ($40,040 - after successful completion of 6 month probationary period)

NOTE 3:  Examples of acceptable accounting experience would be junior accountant, full-charge bookkeeper***and similar positions. ***BOOKKEEPER - responsible for a full set of financial records, including General Ledger and all subsidiaries. Examples of unacceptable experience are: account-clerical experience and experience limited to posting, maintaining, examining or preparing one or more of the following: voucher register, sales register, cashbook, insurance register, accounts receivable ledger, accounts payable ledger, any other special journal or subsidiary ledger, or experience preparing income tax returns.

NOTE 4: Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full time experience requirement.

NOTE 5:  Applicants without 24 credit hours in accounting cannot be considered.


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and college transcript showing at least 24 credit hours in accounting to Bryan Fiume, Associate Deputy Comptroller at or by mail:

Office of Erie County Comptroller
Attn: Bryan Fiume, Associate Deputy Comptroller
95 Franklin Street, 11th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202