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DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The Director of Accounting will oversee the daily financial and accounting operations and ensure that all funds are being expended efficiently, effectively and within the guidelines of all policies, procedures and education laws. Under direction of the Chief Fiscal Officer or administrative superior, this employee is allowed independence and initiative in areas of concern and responsibility. These may include, but not be limited to, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, preparation of financial statements and year-end closings as well as property control and warehouse functions. The incumbent will supervises a large staff of professional and clerical account maintenance staff. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Administers, supervises and evaluates all business office staff and property control and warehouse staff including professional accountants and clerical account keeping staff, inventory and stock keeping employees, other clerical staff and driver-messengers.
Administers and supervises the maintenance of books of original entry, subsidiary ledgers, bank deposits, bank reconciliations, financial transactions, classroom accounts, cash receipts, leases and contracts and financial projections.
Ensures that all financial statements and records are properly maintained and available for periodic review.
Is responsible for the transfer of all monies with and between funds as applicable and the continuous audit of all fiscal accounts and records.
Conducts periodic reviews of school district statements for administrative staff for submission to the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education.
Meets regularly with administrators to provide uniform interpretation and administration of Board of Education policies and procedures.
Is responsible for the preparation and payment of all authorized disbursements or transfer of funds pursuant to all laws, rules and regulations.
Administers all payroll activities including scheduling, pay dates, processing of payrolls, filing tax returns and maintenance of all historical records.
Creates various financial reports as needed.
Performs other related duties as requested.
When employed by OCM BOCES
Oversees all accounting, claims auditing and payroll functions for school district participants in the Central Business Office.
Collaborates with participating district business officials to maximize available state aide.
Develops and monitors the BOCES Central Business Office budget.
Serves as a resource to participating district business officials as needed.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and business office practices.
Thorough knowledge of basic trends and current developments in the field of accounting as it relates to education in New York State.
Good knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.
Gook knowledge of available PC accounting software inclusive of word processing and spreadsheet/database software.
Ability to apply established and accepted accounting principles and techniques.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to prepare complex accounting reports and statements.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with staff and administration in order to promote fiscal responsibility and accountability.
One (1) year of permanent competitive class status in the title of Accountant III or Auditor III or a combination of time served in both titles.
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a baccalaureate degree in accounting, or a baccalaureate degree including or supplemented by 24 semester credit hours in accounting plus four (4) years of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in accounting, finance, educational business services or school business administration, two (2) years of which must have included supervision of others, or;
B. Eight (8) years of *paraprofessional or **professional level work experience or its part time equivalent in
accounting,, four (4) years of which must have been professional level work experience in accounting ,finance, educational business services or school business administration, of which two (2) years must have included supervision of others; or,
C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of A and B above.
*Paraprofessional level work experience involves the performance of non-interpretive, routine and non-technical duties in a supportive role to a professional.
** Professional level work experience requires specialized and theoretical knowledge usually acquired through college education or through experience and other training. The experience involves independence of action and personal responsibility for actions.