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COMPTROLLER (SYRACUSE HOUSING AUTHORITY)
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for managing the financial affairs of the Syracuse Housing Authority. The work is carried out in accordance with accepted principles and practices of accounting and financial management and includes among more critical activities: supervision of accounting, budget preparation, control and monitoring; and, control of receipts, payments, and reimbursements of funds. The work is carried out under the general direction of the Executive Director, Syracuse Housing Authority with wide leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the technical details of the work. General supervision is exercised over the work of a number of subordinate clerical employees involved in the account keeping process. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Supervises and controls the maintenance of all accounting books, records, journals, ledgers and payrolls.
Advises subordinates with respect to classification and distribution of financial transactions.
Reviews and approves all journal vouchers and controls the disposition of delinquent accounts.
Prepares, controls, and monitors various budgets of the Authority.
Controls receipt of funds, payments of accounts payable and liabilities and
Analyzes and reviews accounts and prepares and reviews financial statements.
Plans, maintains, controls working capital and investments.
Develops and modifies accounting systems and procedures and administers
internal auditing and safeguarding and assets.
Maintains working relationships with local, state, and federal governmental representatives regarding financial condition of the Authority.
Administers and controls general insurance policy of the Authority.
Participates in labor contract negotiations and miscellaneous administrative duties; such as interviewing and hiring subordinate personnel.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of principles, theories, techniques and procedures of modern accounting and auditing.
Good knowledge of the budgeting process to identify and support staffing and equipment needs of the Authority.
Good knowledge of policies and procedures of the Authority and its controlling legislation and regulation.
Good knowledge of principles and practices of fiscal management.
Good knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.
Working knowledge of basic trends and current developments in the fields of accounting and auditing.
Ability to apply established accounting and auditing principles and techniques.
Ability to select the accounting or auditing principles, techniques, or procedure best suited to the assignment.
Ability to supervise a subordinate staff involved in account keeping functions.
Ability to gather, assemble, consolidate and analyze facts and draw
Good knowledge of computerized accounting systems.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a baccalaureate degree in accounting or a baccalaureate degree including or supplemented by 24 semester credit hours, or its equivalent, in accounting plus four (4) years of work experience, or its part time equivalent, in professional accounting or financial auditing, or a closely related field, which must have involved as the major job function the application of accounting principles to the installation and operational maintenance of a general or specialized accounting system, the design or modification of an accounting system, final authority and responsibility for a system or major portion thereof, and the exercise of supervision over accounting activities; or,
B) Eight (8) years of work experience, or its part time equivalent, in accounting, financial auditing or full charge bookkeeping which is defined as experience which must have involved the accumulation of financial and statistical data into general and subsidiary ledgers and journals and the compilation of this material into financial reports and studies of which four (4) of the eight (8) years must have been work experience in professional accounting, or financial auditing, or a closely related field, which must have involved as the major job function the application of accounting principles to the installation and operational maintenance of a general or specialized accounting system, the design or modification of an accounting system, final authority and responsibility for a system or major portion thereof, and the exercise of supervision over accounting activities; or,
C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the
limits of (A) and (B).
Successful completion of graduate semester hours in accounting from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university may be substituted for work experience as follows: Thirty (30) graduate semester hours is equivalent to one (1) year of work experience, sixty (60) graduate semester hours is equivalent to two (2) years of work experience. Degrees in Finance, Banking, Economics and related fields will not be considered as qualifying.