Principal Account Clerk (FT)

This is highly important account keeping work involving responsibility for the frequent exercise of independent judgment in planning and managing complex account keeping, checking, coding and clerical activities and independently performing the more responsible and complex functions. The work is performed under general supervision and in accordance with outlined objectives, policies and detailed procedures. Difficult technical or policy problems are referred to a supervisor for decision or review of judgment and recommendations are made. Supervision may be exercised over the work of assigned clerical or account clerical staff.

This is a competitive class position, subject to Civil Service examination.


The typical work activities listed below, while providing representative examples of the variety of work assignments in the title, do not describe any individual position. Incumbents in this title may perform some or all of the following, as well as other related activities not described.

  • Plans, assigns and reviews the maintaining and checking of a wide variety of financial records and reports and instructs employees in the specialized details of this work;
  • Revises and develops improved procedures and methods and installs those approved by superiors;
  • Handles complaints, suggests solutions to problems and conducts correspondence;
  • Assists superiors in the preparation of budget information, collection of data, compiling of statistics and solution of personnel problems;
  • Maintains complex activity control records, schedules work loads and flow and coordinates the work with that of other units;
  • Compiles, prepares and analyzes complex labor, material and operational cost records and reports;
  • May supervise subordinate clerical/account clerical staff;
  • Classifies a complex variety of receipts and expenditures and distributes costs records according to a prescribed code;
  • Compiles, prepares and analyzes a variety of complex financial and statistical records and reports;
  • Supervises and reviews the checking of complex account-keeping records and reports for arithmetical and clerical accuracy, completeness and proper extension;
  • Supplies data for budget, recommends budget estimates and assists in maintaining budget control;
  • Operates computing, calculating, check writing and other office machines;
  • Performs a variety of standard keyboarding tasks, including typing correspondence, records and reports.


Extensive knowledge of modern methods used in keeping and checking financial records and reports; thorough knowledge of office terminology, procedures and equipment; thorough knowledge of business English; good knowledge of double entry bookkeeping; ability to prepare accounting and budgetary spreadsheets using a variety of computer programs; ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of account keeping and clerical assistants; ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written directions; ability to make arithmetic computations rapidly and accurately; ability to prepare correspondence and reports; good knowledge of keyboarding practices; ability to secure the cooperation of others; ability to deal effectively with the public; ability to readily acquire familiarity with departmental organization, functions, laws, policies and regulations; good judgment in solving complex account-keeping problems; a high degree of accuracy, initiative and resourcefulness; tact and courtesy; good physical condition.


(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New
York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Business
Administration, Accounting or a related field; or
(B) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New
York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate’s Degree in Business
Administration, Accounting or a related field and two (2) years of progressively responsible
experience in maintaining or checking financial records or reports; or
(C) Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and four
(4) years of progressively responsible experience as described in (B) above; or
(D) Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as described in (B) above.

NOTE: Successful completion of coursework in business administration, accounting or a related field at a college or university, may be substituted for the required experience with three (3) semester credit hours being equivalent to three (3) months of experience for a maximum of twelve (12) semester credit hours.

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Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity College

SCCC is an equal opportunity employer. SCCC is committed to extending equal opportunity in employment to all qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.  SCCC encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.  Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States.

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