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Job ID: 120525

Chief Accountant
Erie Community College

Date Posted Mar. 4, 2019
Title Chief Accountant
University Erie Community College
Buffalo, NY, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Fiscal Services


Central Accounting Office
$57,216.43 Annual
Union/Position Status:
Posting Closing Date:
April 1, 2019



The work involves planning and overseeing accounting operations of the Community College; this important professional accounting position has responsibility for maintaining financial accounts and funds in accordance with the established accounting procedures of SUNY and the New York State Department of Education and in compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations; the incumbent reports to and acts as a responsible financial assistant to the Executive Director of Finance; participates in formulating policies and programs that affect accounting operations of the College; acts as College liaison in accounting matters with other departments, the college’s auditors, and outside agencies. Exercises supervision over certain accounting and clerical personnel; performs related work as required.


  • Maintains and regularly reconciles journals, ledgers and other accounting records.
  • Assists in preparing the periodic financial statements and reports;
  • Insures that all accounting procedures are performed in accordance with the Uniform System of Accounts for community colleges; records new financial transactions into the system;
  • Assists the Executive Director of Finance in coordinating external audits of the college by county, state, and independent auditors, including preparation of a college response to audit recommendations;
  • Supervises the standardization of college-wide accounting procedures and all accounting activities performed by the College. Participates in the preparation of a variety of periodic and special financial reports, including federal, state and county mandated reports;
  • Assists and advises the Executive Director of Finance in a broad range of financial matters and provides recommendations on fiscal and budgetary implications of specific accounting applications;
  • Periodically reviews the college’s general ledger accounts and adjusts as necessary in preparation for the college’s annual audit. Assists the Executive Director of Finance in preparing a trail balance, schedules, the draft financial statements including notes thereof, and all other analysis, schedules, reports and other required duties for the audit, all done so timely.
  • Assists in other related duties (i.e. related to budget, grants and financial aid reporting), as assigned.


Comprehensive knowledge of theory and practices of governmental and collegiate accounting and auditing; comprehensive knowledge of modern methods of maintaining and checking financial accounts and records; comprehensive knowledge of principles and procedures of bookkeeping; thorough knowledge of business arithmetic and English; good knowledge of legislation governing maintenance of financial records; ability to examine account-keeping procedures and to install revised accounting systems; ability to supervise a group of assistants in the preparation and maintenance of financial records and reports; good working knowledge of and familiarity with GASB and its application to the college; excellent computer skills, including the experience and ability to work with the college’s computer operating system, (Datatel and/or Workday software knowledge preferred) as well as knowledge of and experience with the Microsoft Office Suite applications.


Graduation from a regionally accredited, registered four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting; or Business Administration including a minimum of twenty-four (24) semester credit hours in Accounting. Three (3) years of experience in a professional accounting position.

Our mission to offer quality education includes exposing our students to a diverse range of cultures, experiences and expertise. At SUNY Erie Community College, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply._

Contact Human Resources at (716) 851-1840 with any questions.

Notice of Non-Discrimination
SUNY Erie Community College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or in the administration of any of its policies and programs on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, familial status, military status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran status, criminal conviction, or any other characteristics protected by law. This applies to all students, applicants or other members of the College community (including, but not limited to, vendors and visitors). Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting the Civil Rights Compliance Officer listed below. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in the investigation of a complaint in any manner is strictly prohibited.

The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College’s non-discrimination policies:

Civil Rights Compliance Officer
Tracy Archie, Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Equity and Diversity
City Campus, Room 174, 121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-1118

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, please contact:
New York Office
United States Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor,
New York, N.Y., 10005-25010;
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