Finance Accountant, Level 2 (Provisional)

  • Job Class: Classified
  • Job ID Number: 6759
  • Department: School of Professional Studies
  • Location: SPS: School of Professional Studies
  • Closing Date: JUN 26, 2013

Description

***SEARCH REOPENED ***

Campus Specific Information

In 2003, the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York created the CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) with the purpose of meeting the educational needs of working adults, organizations, and employers. Since then, SPS has developed into a well-established school serving New York City's dynamic marketplace through the provision of timely, innovative, and academically rigorous programs of study designed to address new or unmet needs. Home to CUNY's first fully online undergraduate degrees and groundbreaking master's degree programs, SPS has found new ways of fulfilling CUNY's mission of access, reaching students with new modes of instruction, new courses and curricula, and new kinds of learning tailored for diverse requirements and constituencies. It has launched a dozen degrees - six bachelor's and six master's degrees - since 2006, and there are more currently in development. Enrollments have grown to over 2000 students in the credit-bearing programs, and the School has seen more growth in its non-credit offerings, with a portfolio of grant-funded programs currently accounting for more than $6 million. In addition, the School now maintains an active Alumni Association, has established the SPS Foundation, and will soon occupy its own dedicated space.

This position will report to the Finance Budget Director and perform all general duties listed as well as other related duties as assigned.

General Duties
- Performs professional work in the field of accounting or auditing in a higher education setting, coordinates accounting activities, and may supervise employees engaged in accounting activities. Work may be performed utilizing computer and related technologies.
- There are five Assignment Levels for this position (1, 1-A, 2, 3, 4). All personnel perform related work. This specification describes typical assignments for this position; related duties may be assigned as needed.

ASSIGNMENT LEVEL 1:
- Under close supervision, performs entry-level professional work in the field of accounting, including assisting in the following:
- Maintaining general and special books of accounts.
- Posting accounting entries.
- Preparing trial balances, bank reconciliations, and similar.
- Establishing and maintaining codes for funds and reserves.
- Allocating costs and charges.
- Classifying revenues and expenditures.

ASSIGNMENT LEVEL 1-A:
- This assignment level is only for College Accountants who have five years of full-time service as a College Accountant and have not progressed to Levels 2, 3, or 4.

ASSIGNMENT LEVEL 2:
- Under supervision, performs professional work of average difficulty and responsibility in the field
of accounting or auditing, including performing the following tasks:
- Maintaining general and special books of accounts.
- Posting entries, including adjustments, closings, and extension.
- Preparing trial balances, bank reconciliations, operating statements, and financial schedules.
- Establishing and maintaining codes for funds and reserves.
- Gathering data for use in preparing and analyzing various budgets and schedules.
- Maintaining records of costs and charges made against budgeted allocations.
- Classifying revenues and expenditures.
- Conducting financial and management audits, preparing preliminary draft reports..

ASSIGNMENT LEVEL 3:
- Under general supervision, coordinates and may supervise the daily activities of a major unit dealing with a specialized phase or phases of accounting, usually in conjunction with student financial aid, funds and grants, payroll, bursar functions, accounting to support financial analysis, budgeting, auditing of financial accounts and records, contract performance and compliance, and similar. May perform difficult independent work in these professional areas. Tasks may include:
- Participating in project planning sessions.
- Assisting in developing unit-wide plans, programs, and procedures for implementing and maintaining appropriate accounting controls.
- Conducting and analyzing accounting studies and surveys in order to identify and satisfy changing trends, conditions, and regulations.
- Analyzing and interpreting statements of financial condition, preparing appropriate summaries and reports.
- Planning and organizing individual audits, preparing and reviewing audit procedures, monitoring audit progress, and reviewing reports.
- Assisting in the design and implementation of computer systems and technology to meet new and changing needs.

ASSIGNMENT LEVEL 4:
- Under general supervision, coordinates and supervises the daily activities of a major unit dealing with a specialized phase or phases of accounting, usually in conjunction with student financial aid, funds and grants, payroll, bursar functions, accounting to support financial analysis, budgeting, auditing of financial accounts and records, contract performance and compliance, and similar. Also performs complex independent work in these professional areas. Tasks may include:
- Participating in project planning sessions.
- Assisting in developing unit-wide plans, programs, and procedures for implementing and
  maintaining appropriate accounting controls.
- Conducting and analyzing accounting studies and surveys in order to identify and satisfy changing trends, conditions, and regulations.
- Analyzing and interpreting statements of financial condition, indicating deviations, reviewing trends, and preparing data extrapolations for forecasting purposes.
- Implementing performance standards, assuring compliance.
- Assisting in developing and designing computer systems and technologies to meet new and changing needs.
- Overseeing unit participation in University-wide compliance and systems audits, instructing staff in audit techniques, developing audit capabilities, and maintaining communications with all involved parties.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
ASSIGNMENT LEVEL
ALL LEVELS     A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, including or supplemented by at least eighteen (18) college credits in accounting, and at least six (6) credits in data processing, computer science, banking, economics, statistics, or similar courses.

- Demonstrated English language proficiency, including the ability to speak, read, write, and understand English well enough to meet minimally acceptable performance standards set for job tasks.
- For work experience requirements (below), CUNY considers full-time work to be 35 hours per week. Part-time experience of at least 20 hours per week may be prorated and credited instead of, but not in addition to, full-time experience during the same period.
- Part-time experience of less than 20 hours per week will not be credited at all.

LEVEL 1:  No additional work experience is required.

LEVEL 1-A:  Five years full-time service as a College Accountant, if employee has not progressed to Levels 2, 3, or 4.

LEVEL 2:  One year of full-time related experience in an appropriate field.

LEVEL 3:  Two years total of full-time related experience in an appropriate field.

LEVEL 4:  Three years total of full-time related experience in an appropriate field.

Compensation
New Hire:  $45,987*
Incumbent:  $51,965
*This amount reflects 13% of salary suppression in effect for the first 24 months of employment only.

FLSA Status

Non Exempt

Salary Range

New Hire: $45,987* Incumbent: $51,965

How To Apply

Please apply using the link below:

https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/psp/cnyepprd/GUEST/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=6759&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

 
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