COUNTY OF ERIE - DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL
invites applications for the position of:
#61-477 - Open Competitive (open to the public)
|$36,731 - $46,411 Annually
|January 29, 2019
|February 13, 2019
CANDIDATES MUST HAVE BEEN LEGAL RESIDENTS OF ERIE COUNTY FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE OF THE WRITTEN TEST AND MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF ERIE COUNTY AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT. There is one anticipated vacancy in the Erie County Department of Health.
The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used to fill this vacancy and other appropriate vacancies which may occur in other departments, municipalities or districts under the jurisdiction of Erie County Civil Service while this list is active.
Preference may be given to successful candidates who have been residents of the municipality in which the appointment is to be made for one month preceding the date of the certification of the eligible list and who are residents of the municipality at the time of appointment. Non-residents may be required to become a resident of the appointing municipality if local law so states.
Examples of Duties:
A Junior Accountant performs entry level accounting work in maintaining accounting records, preparing financial reports and other analysis and accounting activities;
Prepares entries to financial accounting system;
Performs bank reconciliations;
Performs financial analysis, special projects and prepares financial reports;
Analyzes general ledger accounts, grants and capital projects;
Performs ongoing file maintenance to computerized accounting system;
Prepares variance analysis;
Attends meetings and training sessions.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must meet one of the following requirements on or before the date of the written test:
A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field, including or supplemented by a minimum of twenty-four (24) semester credit hours in accounting; or
B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college with an Associate’s Degree and two (2) years of accounting*, auditing** or bookkeeping experience.***
* ACCOUNTING - Recording, classifying, verifying, reporting and analysis of financial data.
**AUDITING - Confirmation and documenting the veracity of data.
***BOOKKEEPER - responsible for a full set of financial records, including General Ledger and all subsidiaries.
1. Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.
2. Your degree and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. A grade of “D” or better is necessary for a course to be credited as successfully completed. If your degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside of the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to this Department for a list of acceptable companies providing this service; you must pay the required evaluation fee.
Notice to Candidates:
Transcripts will now be accepted by the Department of Personnel ONLY at time of application.
All subsequent transcripts must be submitted at time of interview.
March 16, 2019
Applications Must Be Postmarked or Hand Delivered By:
February 13, 2019
The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However,candidates may find information in the publication "How to take a written test" helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/testguides.cfm
Subjects of Examination:
Subjects of Examination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:
1. General accounting
These questions test for knowledge of the general accounting principles and practices used in the preparation of financial statements, in the recording and reporting of financial transactions, and in financial decision-making. Candidates will be required to demonstrate a current knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Knowledge of computerized information systems as it applies to accounting may be required.
2. General auditing
These questions test for knowledge of the principles and procedures involved in substantiating and examining transactions and financial statements. It will require a knowledge of auditing techniques and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). Knowledge of the use of computerized accounting or auditing systems as it pertains to auditing may be required. Questions relating to internal controls applicable to manual and computerized accounting systems may be included.
3. Preparing written material
These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
4. Understanding and interpreting tabular material
These questions test your ability to understand, analyze, and use the internal logic of data presented in tabular form. You may be asked to perform tasks such as completing tables, drawing conclusions from them, analyzing data trends or interrelationships, and revising or combining data sets. The concepts of rate, ratio, and proportion are tested. Mathematical operations are simple, and computational speed is not a major factor in the test. You should bring with you a hand-held battery- or solar-powered calculator for use on this test. You will not be permitted to use the calculator function of your cell phone.
NOTICE TO CANDIDATES: It is recommended that candidates use a quiet, hand held, solar or battery powered calculator. Devices with typewriter keyboards, "Spell Checkers", “Personal Digital Assistants", "Address Books", "Language Translators", "Dictionaries", or any similar devices are prohibited. You may not bring books or other reference materials.
**IMPORTANT APPLICATION FEE - READ CAREFULLY**
A $20.00 filing fee is required for this exam. The required fee must accompany your application. Send or bring check or money order made payable to Erie County Personnel Department and write the examination number(s) on your check or money order. Do not send or bring cash, as the County cannot be responsible for cash payment. As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.