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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 09/15/21

Applications Due09/30/21

Vacancy ID91252

AgencyTeachers' Retirement System

TitleSenior Accountant/Accountant Trainee 1

Occupational CategoryClerical, Secretarial, Office Aide

Salary Grade18

Bargaining UnitAPSU-Agency Police Services Unit (PBAofNYS)

Salary RangeFrom $64962 to $81129 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Albany

Street Address 10 Corporate Woods Dr.

City Albany


Zip Code12211

Minimum Qualifications EITHER: 1) Reachable on the Civil Service eligible list; OR 2) Eligible for reassignment by virtue of having permanent competitive service as a Senior Accountant (G-18); OR 3)Eligible for transfer under the provisions of the Civil Service Law by virtue of having one year of permanent competitive service in an appropriate title.

Preferred Qualifications:
·Strong functional knowledge of PeopleSoft Financials and/or HR, or similar financial/enterprise software
· Experience working on teams implementing software and ERP solutions
· Strong functional knowledge of accounting and finance processes (e.g. Financial Reporting, AP, AR, Payroll, Cash, etc.)
· Exceptional data analysis skills
· Exceptional business analysis skills, particularly in accounting and finance business processes
· Experience analyzing and implementing internal controls
· Ability to successfully collaborate with other Finance units and NYSTRS departments to achieve positive outcomes
· Ability to document business processes in narratives and flowcharts
· Ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders
· Critical thinking and desire to improve processes
· Demonstrate ownership of assigned work
· Desire to provide exceptional customer service
· Ability and desire to build strong, cooperative team relationships

Duties Description
Under the direction of an Associate Accountant, the Senior Accountant/Trainee will work in the Finance Systems Unit within the Finance Department. The Finance Systems Unit is responsible for the evaluation of current finance processes, systems, and technology for improvement, automation, compliance and efficiency. The Senior Accountant/Trainee will be responsible for analyzing processes and data and assist in identifying how to better leverage current Finance Department systems/technology and additional technology/systems that can further improve operations.

The Senior Accountant/Trainee is responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:
· Evaluate current accounting processes and systems for improvement, automation and efficiency
· Research new accounting/finance technology and systems to improve operations
· Support the implementation of new/improved finance-related technology and systems by providing business and data analysis
· Build and maintain a working knowledge of the systems and technology used by NYSTRS, as they relate to the Finance Department and retirement benefit administration
· Build and maintain a working knowledge of the functions and duties of all the Finance Department units
· Work with Finance Department units to identify potential efficiencies and IT needs
· Gather operational and functionality needs for IT business analysts, project managers and developers
· Work with customer departments to identify ways to better automate processes to increase compliance and efficiency
· Maintain documentation for Finance Department systems and assist in provide training to end-users
· Assist with the tracking and management of Finance Department IT projects

Additional Comments
NYSTRS is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where diversity is valued and recognized as a source of strength and enrichment. We seek to attract talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, and encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents and veterans to apply.

There are currently no mandatory re-employment lists at this time. However, please note that if such a list is certified against this title prior to the completion of the selection process, candidates applying based on eligible list standing or transferability under Civil Service Law can no longer be considered.
The work hours of this position are subject to change in accordance with Article 12 of the collective bargaining agreement.
*This position may be filled as an Accountant Trainee 1 (SG-14) which requires successful completion of a two-year traineeship in order to advance to the Senior Accountant (SG-18). The salary indicated on this posting is reflective of the Grade 18. Those hired at the trainee level will be paid at the starting salary for a Grade 14 which is $51,923.

In order to be considered for this position, you are required to complete a NYSTRS’ employment application for the position you are applying for. The link to the employment application is below.

Please note that resumes will not be accepted as a substitute, in whole or part, for a completed application.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Janelle Serritella

Telephone 518-447-8870


Email Address


Street 10 Corporate Woods Dr.

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12211


Notes on ApplyingIn order to be considered for this position, you are required to complete a NYSTRS’ employment application for the position you are applying for. The link to the employment application is below.

Please note that resumes will not be accepted as a substitute, in whole or part, for a completed application.

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