Prin Accountant

Grade 27

New York State has approximately 95 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.

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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 Trainee 1

    Similar to Grade 14

  2. Accountant Trainee 2

    Similar to Grade 16

  3. Senr Accountant

    Grade 18

  4. Assoc Accountant

    Grade 23

  5. Supvg Accountant

    Grade 25

  6. Prin Accountant

    Grade 27

  7. Assnt Chief Accountant

    Grade 29

  8. Chief Accountant

    Grade 31

  9. Accounting Program Dir

    Grade 66

Summary of Job Description

As a Principal Accountant, you would plan, direct, and oversee a staff of accountants and/or auditors who may perform a variety of accounting and/or auditing assignments requiring advanced knowledge of accounting theory. You would oversee staff performing analysis and evaluation of accounting financial statements and preparation of reports; auditing for compliance with governmental rules and regulations; and auditing accounting systems, financial statements, or records.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

The NYS Title and Salary Plan provides additional information regarding other titles. 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 be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as follows:

Either A. an Associate Accountant or Supervising Accountant;

Or B. an Associate Accountant (State Accounts & Systems), Associate Auditor, Associate Auditor (Forensic), Associate Abandoned Property Accounts Auditor, Associate Examiner of Municipal Affairs, Associate Medical Facilities Auditor, Auditor 2, Auditor 2 (Abandoned Property), Auditor 2 (Employment & Training), Auditor 2 (Forensic), Auditor 2 (Insurance Premium), Auditor 2 (Medicaid), Auditor 2 (Municipal), Auditor 2 (Public Utilities), Auditor 2 (Unemployment Insurance), Correctional Services Internal Auditor 3, Employment and Training Fiscal Auditor 2, Fixed Assets Analyst, Insurance Premium Auditor 2, Insurance Premium Auditor 3, Public Utilities Auditor 2, Unemployment Insurance Auditor 2, Unemployment Insurance Auditor 3, Associate Health Care Fiscal Analyst,** Associate Internal Auditor,** Associate Internal Auditor (various parenthetics),** Auditor 2 (Fiscal Systems),** Auditor 2 (various tax parenthetics),** Data Processing Fiscal Systems Auditor 2,** Financial Services Examiner 2,** Internal Auditor 2,** Internal Auditor 2 (Systems),** Internal Auditor 2 (Investments & Cash Management),** Management Specialist 2,** Management Specialist 2 (various parenthetics),** Tax Auditor 2 (various parenthetics),** Senior Insurance Examiner,** or State Program Examiner 2.**

Only the title or titles listed are qualifying.

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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