In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the examination of financial records of state agencies, businesses, municipalities or other entities.
GUIDELINES FOR CLASS USE:
This is a professional working level distinguished from lower-level examining classes by the requirement to independently apply knowledge and analysis of professional accounting and auditing principles in the conduct of examinations.
Works under the general supervision of a Supervising Accounts Examiner or other employee of higher grade.
May lead/supervise paraprofessional or clerical employees.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Conducts or participates in examinations of financial records and documents of state agencies, businesses, municipalities or other organizations which are monitored by the state; prepares for examinations by reviewing prior audit reports, financial statements, budgets or other available data; for an on-site audit meets with officials of organization being examined to discuss audit procedures, answers questions and obtains necessary information and records; utilizes EDP systems for financial records, reports and analysis; examines various financial records including revenue, expenditure, payroll and grant accounting; examines and reconciles accounting records with supporting data, such as vouchers, invoices and cash receipts; determines compliance of various complex financial documents with applicable regulations; examines accounting methods and procedures to ensure compliance with accepted accounting principles, laws and regulations and state or federal requirements; for an on-site audit reviews and discusses audit findings with officials of organization audited; prepares unit reports explaining results and making recommendations; may participate in hearings or conferences; may prepare remittance schedules for collection or delinquent accounts and arrange for attachments as required; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Knowledge of and ability to apply professional accounting and auditing principles and practices; knowledge of and ability to apply relevant statutes and regulations; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze financial records, documents and reports; ability to prepare comprehensive reports including narrative and statistical sections; ability to utilize EDP systems for financial management.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Six (6) years of experience in accounting or auditing.
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the paraprofessional level. Work at the paraprofessional level requires the exercise of some independent judgment in applying basic accounting principles and may be compared to the level of a full charge bookkeeper. For state employees this is the level of Assistant Accountant.
College training in Accounting or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
A Master's degree in Accounting may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
Certification in any of the following may be substituted for one (1) year of the General and Special Experience: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor.
Two (2) years of experience as an Assistant Accountant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in Salary Group AR 22 approved effective September 12, 1997. (Revised to implement Administrative and Residual Stipulated Agreement Compensation)