Accountant III

Annual Salary Range:
$40,380.00 – $58,908.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,682.50 – $2,454.50
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Areas of Interest: 
Accounting, Auditing & Finance
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%

This is advanced professional accounting and fiscal administrative work in a state agency which has a centralized accounting and fiscal operation.

An employee in this class has responsibility for the direction and coordination of a centralized accounting and fiscal program in a small agency with satellite facilities or performs comparable work in a highly specialized and complex organizational unit of a centralized accounting and fiscal operation. Work may include preparing annual budget proposals; administering a complex cost allocation plan; developing and monitoring new or revised accounting systems; developing forms, procedures and manuals; preparing and modifying fiscal data for computer systems and other related work activities. Supervision or direction is given to professional accounting and clerical staff. General supervision is received from an administrative superior.

Any one position may not involve all of the specified duties or knowledges, skills and abilities, nor are the listed examples exhaustive.
Examples of Work

Assists the management and administrative staff of a state agency in the preparation of the annual budget, cost allocation plan, and related fiscal requirements for submission to federal and state officials.

Determines the need for supplemental budgets as required by changing conditions during the fiscal year and monitors the preparation of such supplemental budgets.

Provides consultation and technical assistance to agency officials on matters pertaining to the preparation of annual budgets, supplemental budgets, federal assistance grants, grant-in-aid programs and other related fiscal matters.

Plans, directs and/or supervises the work of a number of accounting and other personnel engaged in the maintenance of a centralized accounting system.

Assists in or personally develops, evaluates and modifies internal procedures and systems for the control and audit of financial accounts.

Reviews and evaluates cost reports, budget expenditures, fiscal reports, cost accounting systems, and federal grants and assistance programs for compliance with procedures and regulations and for efficiency and effectiveness.

Develops and maintains procedures necessary for the establishment and evaluation of cost accounting systems, federal grant programs, and data management system.

Prepares obligation control reports which reflect estimated expenditures and availability of funds for each program for each month.

Reviews requests for reimbursement for conformance with federal and state procedures and standards.

Initiates billing documents to recover federal share of grants and program costs.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting.

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of fiscal administration including budgeting and reporting.

Working knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration.

Working knowledge of the uses and applications of automated data processing systems to fiscal operations.

Ability to interpret complex statistical and financial statements.

Ability to plan, organize and evaluate general accounting systems and financial activities.

Ability to supervise a small staff of professional accountants and clerks.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Experience and Education

(The following entrance requirements are used to admit or reject applicants for merit system examinations, or may be used to evaluate applicants for employment in positions not requiring selection from merit system registers. When applicable, equivalent substitution will be allowed for deficiencies in experience or education.)

One year of experience as an Accountant II under the Missouri Merit System.


Two years of professional experience in accounting or auditing and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in accounting. (A Master's degree in accounting or fiscal management or successful completion of the Certified Public Accountants examination will substitute for one year of experience.)

(Effective 10/1/83)