Chief Accountant

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Class Number: 
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$44,352.00 – $65,280.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,848.00 – $2,720.00
Pay Grade: 

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This is difficult and advanced professional accounting work in the management and supervision of a large and complex fiscal program.

An employee in this class is responsible for directing the accounting, budgeting and/or financial reporting activities of a large and complex fiscal program. Work includes responsibility for supervising or participating in devising, installing, evaluating and modifying a variety of accounting systems necessary to the operation and control of fiscal activities. Work also involves responsibility for reviewing and updating procedures and forms; developing the annual budget; preparing complex operational statistical and fiscal reports for management; and for maintaining a detailed system of cost accounting. Supervision is exercised over a moderate to large size staff of accountants, account clerks and other employees engaged in fiscal activities. Ordinarily technical supervision is not available to an employee in this class, therefore, the Chief Accountant is expected to make decisions and exercise independent judgment within the framework of established procedures. Direction and review are received from an administrative superior for conformance with policy and effectiveness of the operation.

Job Duties

Assists in or personally directs, coordinates and supervises the functions of a large and complex fiscal program.

Assists fiscal and program managers in the planning, development and implementation of fiscal systems, controls and related administrative activities.

Develops, implements and evaluates a variety of complex accounting systems including accounts receivable, accounts payable, cost time distribution, cash control, property control, appropriation distribution and fund accounting.

Directs, evaluates and determines the needs for the auditing of fiscal activities and related administrative functions within the program.

Supervises and coordinates the activities of accounting personnel engaged in the maintenance, control and auditing of a variety of accounts and funds.

Prepares or coordinates the fiscal documentation in support of the agency or facility budget.

Reviews, analyzes and evaluates accounts, reports, procedural instructions, source documents, financial information systems, records of transaction and internal control systems for adequacy and effectiveness.

Pre-audits invoices, purchase orders, payrolls, expense accounts, contracts and expenditures.

Approves and evaluates or supervises the evaluation of contract proposals.

Provides consultation and technical assistance to division or facility management staff in the preparation of budget material, use of funds, application of fiscal procedures, and installation of accounting systems.

Performs other related work as assigned

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

One year of experience as an Accountant III or two years as an Accountant II under the Missouri Merit System.


Three years of professional experience in accounting or auditing, including one year in a supervisory or administrative capacity; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in accounting or a related field. (A Master's degree in accounting or fiscal management or successful completion of the Certified Public Accountant examination will substitute for one year of the general experience.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Thorough knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of accounting, budgeting and financial management.

Considerable knowledge of the general principles of public fiscal administration including managerial and cost accounting.

Considerable knowledge of the capabilities and uses of automated data processing systems in fiscal operations.

Working knowledge of the basic principles and practices of auditing.

Working knowledge of the basic principles and practices of supervision.

Ability to develop, install and maintain accounting systems, procedures and methods.

Ability to evaluate Federal and State legislation for its impact on fiscal activities and determine effective courses of action.

Ability to interpret complex statistical and financial information.

Ability to direct and supervise a professional and technical staff engaged in a variety of fiscal activities.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

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