Chief Accountant

Grade 31

New York State has approximately 14 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 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 Chief Accountant, you would function as a director or assistant director of a large-scale accounting program. You would plan and manage financial reporting, accounting, collection and reconciliation for an agency; manage the preparation of financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) mandated by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB); and oversee accounting for taxes, refunds, miscellaneous revenues and receivables of the State. You would direct or assist in the direction of accounting operations and oversee a staff of professional accountants and/or auditors.

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

For all qualified New York State employees on or before the date of the examination, 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:

Either A. an Assistant Chief Accountant;

Or B. a Principal Accountant or Principal Accountant (State Accounts & Systems).

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

This title is filled via promotion by the agency or agencies which have this title. Candidates must have had appropriate service in the promotional field for this title to be eligible for consideration. Applicants must apply directly to the agency or agencies that have this title.

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.

back to top