COMPTROLLER (SYRACUSE HOUSING AUTHORITY) 02840

(Competitive)



DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS


Under the general supervision of the Chief Financial Officer (SHA), an employee in this class is responsible for supervising the Accounting staff and overseeing the daily financial and accounting operations 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, control and monitoring of accounting, control of receipts, payments, and reimbursements of funds. The work performed with wide leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgement in carrying out the technical details of the work. General supervision is exercised over the work of a number of subordinate Accountants and Account Clerks 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.

Controls receipt of funds, payments of accounts payable and liabilities and

reimbursements.

Analyzes and reviews accounts and prepares and reviews financial statements.

Maintains and controls working capital and investments.

May participate in the development or modification of accounting systems and procedures and administers internal auditing and safeguarding of assets.

Participates in 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

conclusions.

Good knowledge of computerized accounting systems.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS


Promotion:

One (1) year of permanent competitive class status in the title of Accountant II.


Open Competitive:

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Baccalaureate degree 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,

  2. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Baccalaureate degree in Finance 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.



NOTE:


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 Banking, Economics and related fields will not be considered as qualifying.


9/2018 Revised