Accountant Aide Trainee 2

Similar to Grade 11

New York State has approximately 79 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

*The number of positions is approximate and represents the number of positions established (both filled and vacant); it is not an indication or reference to position type or duration, or intent to be filled. If you are viewing a trainee title, please note this number reflects the number of positions established at the journey level. Agencies may fill at the trainee level(s) or at the journey level based on employee qualifications. GOT-IT does not provide information on any job postings or job availability. For information on current job postings, please visit State Jobs NY. You may also visit specific New York State Agency websites for information about an agency and its job opportunities.

Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Accountant Aide Trainee 1

    Similar to Grade 09

  2. Accountant Aide Trainee 2

    Similar to Grade 11

  3. Accountant Aide

    Grade 13

Upon successful completion of 12 months as Accountant Aide Trainee 2, you will automatically advance to Accountant Aide.

Note on Traineeships: When current State employees with prior graded State service transition into traineeships, there will be cases where these individuals will be compensated at a higher rate than the hiring rate of the "equated salary grade" of a traineeship. Specifically, in these cases, the starting compensation of a traineeship will be the higher of either: 1) the hiring rate of the "equated salary grade;" or 2) an employee's current graded salary. For those current State employees with no prior graded service who transition into traineeships, these individuals will be compensated at the hiring rate of the "equated salary grade." Overall, because of the various intricacies associated with the State's salary mechanics, the Office of the State Comptroller should be consulted regarding the actual compensation paid to any State employee transiting to a traineeship.

Summary of Job Description

As an Accountant Aide, in general, under the direct supervision of a professional accountant or auditor, you would adjust entries, verify accounting records and review and evaluate current procedures. You would prepare trial balances, bank reconciliations and financial statements in accordance with generally acceptable accounting principles. You would draft correspondence and/or segments of audit reports; assist in analyzing and evaluating financial reports, and review documents for change in contract terms and conditions, and inform staff. You would assist in rate-of-return studies; compile materials needed for performance of audits; perform routine data gathering; assist in inventory control systems, and test checking equipment. Since extended travel may be required, at the time of appointment you must have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State, or you must demonstrate your ability to meet the travel requirements of the position.

The level of the titles within this career ladder vary based on the level of supervision, complexity of the duties involved, degree of independent judgment, etc.

There is no classification standard available at this time for this title. For additional information regarding other titles this will bring you to the NYS Title and Salary Plan. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.  

For qualified employees of New York State:  On or before the date of filing application, candidates must be a qualified employee of New York State Department of Public Service, or the Office of General Services, or Higher Education Services Corporation, or Office of the State Comptroller, or Canal Corporation, or Department of Environmental Conservation, or Department of Taxation and Finance, or Division of Tax Appeals, or Department of Motor Vehicles and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service in a position allocated to Grade 5 or higher. IN ADDITION, you must also have completed or expect to complete six semester credit hours of accounting courses (Fundamentals of Accounting I or II or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or higher.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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