You must submit the Job Title and Coursework Listing at the end of this announcement with your application.

TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2005-666

ISSUED DECEMBER 9, 2005

 

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

ACCOUNTANTS AND AUDITORS

in Local Government

 

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Starting

Salary

1.

Accountant 1

L0311

*

2.

Accountant 2

L0312

*

 

 

 

 

3.

County Fiscal Officer 1

L0315

*

4.

County Fiscal Officer 2

L0316

*

5.

County Fiscal Officer 3

L0317

*

 

 

 

 

6.

Comptroller

L0340

*

 

 

 

 

7.

Field Auditor 1

L0351

*

8.

Field Auditor 2

L0352

*

9.

Field Auditor 3

L0353

*

 

*Local government salaries vary.  Contact the Human Resource Office of the local government agency where you are interested in working for specific information.

 

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED BY APRIL 7, 2010, AFTER WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE SUSPENDED.

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS AND INFORMATION

 

This announcement gives information on a variety of job opportunities in accounting and auditing work in local government.  You are encouraged to apply only for job titles which are of interest to you and for which you qualify.

 

Lists created by these tests will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities, contact the Human Resources Office of the agency where you wish to work.

 

Please make sure you meet all requirements.  If after reading the requirements you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement.

 

For all positions in these job titles except for Accountants, jobs, offers of employment will be made only if you are willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.

 

You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.


NATURE OF WORK AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Employment preference may be given to residents of the county in which the jobs are located.

 

Promotion preference may be given to employees who work in the county where the job openings occur.

 

Employment preference will be granted to individuals aged 60 and over for jobs with the Department of Aging and Area Agency on Aging Offices.

 

NOTE:  In addition to the duties described below, individuals employed in the following job titles also have supervisory responsibilities:  Accountants 1 and 2, Comptroller and Field Auditor 3.

 

ACCOUNTANTS 1 and 2 classify, analyze and report on financial data.  Work is usually quite varied but some assignments emphasize a specific accounting specialty.  Accountants analyze financial transactions and documents and prepare financial statements and reports to control and account for funds and analyze and project financial data.

 

Accountant 1 and 2 positions are located throughout the state.  Employing offices include:  Area Agencies on Aging, County Children and Youth Agencies, County Drug and Alcohol Agencies and County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Agencies.

 

COMPTROLLERS supervise a housing authority’s fiscal and accounting operations; direct and coordinate the preparation of documentation, financial statements and reports to control funds; develop systems and procedures of fiscal management; direct the maintenance of control records required to prepare financial statements and documentation necessary for program review and planning.

 

COUNTY FISCAL OFFICERS direct the financial operations in a county human services agency, or assist a higher-level County Fiscal Officer or administrator.

 

County Fiscal Officer positions are located throughout the state.  Employing offices include:  Area Agency on Aging, County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Agencies, County Children and Youth Agencies, Drug and Alcohol Single County Authority (SCA), or other county human services agencies.

 

FIELD AUDITORS audit accounting records of governmental agencies or businesses to determine compliance with standards or laws; prepare reports of results of audits and interpret and explain controlling laws and regulations.

 

Field Auditor positions are located in County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Agencies located in Allegheny, Delaware and Lancaster counties.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

Accountant 1 – One year of professional accounting experience and graduation from a four-year college or university, including or supplemented by 15 college credits in accounting; OR one year as a Fiscal Technician and 15 college credits in accounting; OR five years of bookkeeping experience and 15 college credits in accounting.

 

Accountant 2 – One year as an Accountant 1; OR two years of professional accounting experience and graduation from a four-year college or university, including or supplemented by 15 college credits in accounting.  Four years of bookkeeping experience and 15 college credits in accounting may be substituted for college graduation.

 

Comptroller – Four years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience including one year of supervisory experience and a bachelor’s degree including or supplemented by 15 college credits in accounting.  Equivalent combinations of experience and training are acceptable.


County Fiscal Officer 1 – Two years as a Fiscal Technician and six college credits in accounting; OR one year of accounting and/or budgetary experience and a business-related bachelor’s degree that includes six college credits in accounting; OR three years of accounting and/or budgetary experience and a business-related associate’s degree that includes 6 college credits in accounting; OR five years of bookkeeping experience and six college credits in accounting; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training that includes or is supplemented by 6 college credits in accounting.

 

County Fiscal Officer 2 - One year as a County Fiscal Officer 1; OR two years of accounting and/or budgetary experience and a business-related bachelor’s degree that includes 6 college credits in accounting; OR four years of accounting and/or budgetary experience and a business-related associate’s degree that includes 6 college credits in accounting; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which includes or is supplemented by 6 college credits in accounting.

 

County Fiscal Officer 3 - One year as a County Fiscal Officer 2; OR three years of accounting and/or budgetary experience and a business-related bachelor’s degree that includes 6 college credits in accounting; OR five years of accounting and/or budgetary experience and a business-related associate’s degree that includes 6 college credits in accounting; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which includes or is supplemented by 6 college credits in accounting.

 

Field Auditor 1 – One year of experience in accounting or auditing work, and one and one-half years of college-level training, including or supplemented by 6 credit hours in accounting; OR two years of experience in accounting or auditing work, and graduation from high school, supplemented by 6 credit hours of post high school courses in accounting.  Additional training in accounting, business administration, or related fields may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience; OR equivalent combinations of experience and training that include 6 credit hours in accounting are acceptable.

 

Field Auditor 2 – One year of experience as a Field Auditor 1; OR one year of experience in accounting or auditing work, and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; OR two years of experience in accounting or auditing work, and one and one-half years of college level training including or supplemented by 6 credit hours in accounting; OR three years of experience in progressively responsible auditing or accounting work, and graduation from high school supplemented by 6 credit hours of post high school courses in accounting.  Additional training in accounting, business administration or related fields may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of required experience; OR equivalent combinations of experience and training that include 6 credit hours in accounting are acceptable.

 

Field Auditor 3 – One year of experience as a Field Auditor 2; OR two years of experience in progressively responsible accounting or auditing work, including one year of supervisory or advanced auditing experience, and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; OR three years of experience in progressively responsible accounting or auditing work, including one year of supervisory or advanced auditing experience, and one and one-half years of college level training, including or supplemented by 6 credit hours in accounting; OR four years of experience in progressively responsible auditing or accounting work including one year of supervisory or advanced auditing experience, and graduation from high school, supplemented by 6 credit hours of post high school courses in accounting.  Additional training in accounting, business administration or a related field may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of the required experience; OR equivalent combinations of experience and training that include 6 credit hours in accounting are acceptable.

 

Applicants who are currently licensed as Public Accountants (in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) or as Certified Public Accountants will meet the minimum experience and training requirements for the following job titles and levels:  Accountant 1 and 2, County Fiscal Officer 1 and 2 and Field Auditor 1, 2, and 3.  If you use your licensure to qualify, enter your Certificate No. and its expiration date in Section 9 of your application.

 

Clarification of Requirements:  There is no equivalency for Accountant 1 and Accountant 2.  For other jobs, you may substitute related advanced education for a segment of the experience requirement and related experience for required education except for the required accounting credits.  For Comptrollers only, related experience may also be substituted for required accounting credits.  Unrelated experience or education will not be accepted.

TESTING

 

The three hour test will cover the following subject areas:

 

Section

Subject Areas

Number of Questions

 

 

 

A

Accounting Principles

20

 

 

 

 

Intermediate Accounting

20

B

Accounting Problems

10

 

Report Writing

10

 

Office Practices and Management

10

 

 

 

C

Advanced Accounting

20

 

 

 

D

Auditing

20

 

 

 

E

Supervision

15

 

 

QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED

 

                                                                             Answer Questions

                                  Job Title                                     in Sections

 

Accountant 1

A

B

 

D

E

Accountant 2

 

B

C

D

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Fiscal Officer 1

A

B

 

D

 

County Fiscal Officer 2

 

B

C

D

 

County Fiscal Officer 3

 

B

C

D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comptroller

 

B

C

D

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Auditor 1

A

B

 

D

 

Field Auditor 2

 

B

C

D

 

Field Auditor 3

 

B

C

D

E

 

 

Example:  Applicants for Accountant 1 will answer 105 examination questions (all questions in sections A, B, D and E).

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission Office.

 

The test will be held in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Civil Service Commission Offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test will also be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Allentown, Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717)787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717)783-8896.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after six months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.

 

When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for these jobs and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

You must submit your application, all Job Titles you wish to be tested for and Coursework Listing to:

 

                             State Civil Service Commission

                             ATTN:  Applications

                             P.O. Box 569

                             Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.   State Civil Service Commission:

 

      Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O. Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

      Philadelphia:  2nd Floor, 10 South 11th St., Phila., 19107; Telephone (Voice) (215) 560-2253,

Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone (Voice)

(412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

      Internet: www.scsc.state.pa.us

 

2.   PA CareerLink offices

 

3.   The Human Resource Offices listed under the "NATURE OF WORK AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."


Test Announcement Number 2005-666

 

 

ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING POSITIONS

 

 

JOB TITLE LISTING TO SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION

 

 

Do not complete Section 4 of the application.  Instead, enter your name and Social Security number below, circle the Exam No.(s) below for the job title(s) for which you wish to apply and submit this page along with your completed application and college transcripts or course listing.  If you are not submitting a transcript, complete the Coursework Listing on the following page.

 

When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.

 

You need only submit one application, regardless of the number of job titles for which you apply.

 

 

 

Name:                                                        Social Security Number:                                 

 

 

Exam

No.

                Job Title

Job

Code

 

 

 

1.

Accountant 1

L0311

2.

Accountant 2

L0312

 

 

 

3.

County Fiscal Officer 1

L0315

4.

County Fiscal Officer 2

L0316

5.

County Fiscal Officer 3

L0317

 

 

 

6.

Comptroller

L0340

 

 

 

7.

Field Auditor 1

L0351

8.

Field Auditor 2

L0352

9.

Field Auditor 3

L0353

 

 

 

COMPLETE AND SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION


Test Announcement Number 2005-666

 

 

COURSEWORK LISTING TO SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION

 

You must submit a copy of your college transcript(s) OR complete this form listing accounting and/or auditing coursework you have completed with a passing grade.

 

 

 

Name:                                                         Social Security Number:                                 

 

Name of School                              Course Title                           No. of Credits        Year