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Posted on: November 4, 2022

The Amsterdam Civil Service commission announces the Open-Competitive Exam for: Accountant

Civil Service Exam Announcment


The Amsterdam Civil Service commission announces the Open-Competitive Exam for: Accountant

Open-Competitive Exam #63-534         Greater Amsterdam School District 

Date of Exam:  January 28, 2023

Last Filing Date:  December 22, 2022

Since refunds are not given, please read this announcement entirely before filling your application.  Please take note of the minimum qualifications to qualify.

Employment Opportunities:   The list will be used for any future vacancies in the Greater Amsterdam School District.

Salary: Greater Amsterdam School District   $55,000

Residence Requirements:     

Greater Amsterdam School District:   None, but preference may be given to Greater Amsterdam School District residents.  To meet the preference, candidates must have been legal residents of the Amsterdam School District for a period of at least one (1) month immediately preceding the date of the written test.

Distinguishing Features of the Class:  This Position involves responsibility for maintaining the accounting records of a governmental agency according to established accounting procedures and practices. The incumbent oversees financial transactions, installation and maintenance of accounting systems, payroll procedures and preparation of reports and fiscal analysis. Work is performed under general direction of an Executive Director or other higher-level employee with leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in planning and carrying out assignments. Supervision is exercised over clerical support staff. Does related work as required.

 Minimum Qualifications:    Either:

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or public administration, economics or related field including or supplemented by 18 semester credit hours in accounting: Or
  2. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credit hours at a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university including or supplemented by 18 semester credit hours in accounting and 2 years of accounting or auditing experience involving the maintenance of governmental agency books, involving appropriation accounting and the preparation of budget and financial reports; Or
  3. Any equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of A & B above

NOTE:  Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. A list of acceptable companies who provide this service can be found on the Internet at  You must pay the required evaluation fee.

 Subject of Examination:

Written test designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as:

Preparing Written Material: These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.

General Accounting:  These questions test for knowledge of the general accounting principles and practices used in the preparation of financial statements, in the recording and reporting of financial transactions, and in financial decision-making. Candidates will be required to demonstrate a current knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Knowledge of computerized information systems as it applies to accounting may be required.

General Auditing:  These questions test for knowledge of the principles and procedures involved in in substantiating and examining transactions and financial statements. It will require a knowledge of auditing techniques and Generally Accepted Auditing standards (GAAS). Knowledge of the use of computerized accounting or auditing systems as it pertains to auditing may be required. Questions relating to internal controls applicable to manual and computerized accounting systems may be included.

Governmental Accounting:  These questions test for the knowledge of the accounting practices employed to provide financial information used in determining and forecasting the condition of governmental units, and used for monitoring governmental performance, in terms of legal, contractual, and fiduciary requirements. These questions will test for knowledge of and familiarity with common governmental funds, appropriation and encumbrance accounting, accounting for revenue and expenditures, and other aspects of accounting relating to the governmental sector.

Understanding and interpreting tabular material:   These questions test your ability to understand, analyze, and use the internal logic of data presented in tabular form. You may be asked to perform tasks such as completing tables, drawing conclusions from them, analyzing data trends or interrelationships, and revising or combining data sets. The concepts of rate, ration, and proportion are tested. Mathematical operations are simple, and computational speed is not a major factor in the test. You should bring with you a hand-held battery or solar powered calculator for use on this test. You will NOT be permitted to use the calculator function on your cell phone.

Supervision:  These questions test for the knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unity toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance, maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline.

 Test Guide:  The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication ‘General Guide to Written Tests’ helpful in preparing for this test. The publication is available online at

 Application:   Applications may be obtained at the Civil Service Office in Amsterdam City Hall or by sending a stamped self-addressed legal envelope to:

 Amsterdam Civil Service Commission, City Hall 61 Church St. Amsterdam NY   12010

Applications received post-marked after the filing date deadline will not be accepted.   The applicant should make sure every question on the application is answered and that the application is complete in all respects.  All statements made by candidates in their application are subject to verification.   This department does not acknowledge receipt of the applications.  Candidates will be notified of the disposition of their application.  Candidates will be notified by letter, of when and where to appear to take the written test.  If candidates have not received a notice to appear for the written test three (3) days prior to the exam date, they should call our office at (518)841-4341.

 Application Fees:  A $15.00 non-refundable application fee is required for each separately numbered examination for which you apply.  The required fee must accompany your application.  Send a check or money order payable to City of Amsterdam.  Write the examination number(s) and the applicant’s name on the check or money order.  DO NOT SEND CASH.   If your application is disapproved, the fee will not be refunded.  You should carefully review the announced minimum qualifications and any residence requirements and apply only for those examinations for which you clearly qualify.

 Religious Observer/Disabled Candidates/Military Members:     Applicants whose religious beliefs or military service prevent their taking examinations on the scheduled date and disabled candidates who require special accommodations to take the test should indicate the need for special arrangements.   Military Service Members: If you apply for an examination during the filing period but are on active military duty on the date of examination is scheduled, you may request a military makeup examination.  Contact Amsterdam Civil Service for more information.  If you are on active duty or discharged after the filing period has begun, you may apply for the examination up to ten days before the test date.

 Section 23.2 Statement:        This examination will be prepared and rated in accordance with Section 23.2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of New York State Civil Service Law, rules and regulations dealing with the preparation and rating of examinations will apply to this examination.

 Multiple Exam Takers:        If you have applied for both State and local government examinations, you must notify Amsterdam Civil Service of your intent to take both a State and a local government examination.  When taking both a State and a local government examination you will be required to take all your examinations at a state examination center.  You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examination.

If you have applied for other local examinations examination, call, or write to each Civil Service Agency to make arrangements no later than two weeks before the date of examination, as to which test site you will be taking the examination.

Veteran’s Credit: Veterans or disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credit must apply for veteran’s credit with their application for examination or at any time between the dates of their application for examination and the date of establishment of the resulting eligible list. Applications for veteran’s credit are available from this office.  Veteran’s credits can only be added to a passing score on the examination.

Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran’s credit in examinations.  Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit.  No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list.  It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran’s credits. 

Change of Address:  It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Amsterdam Civil Service of any change in name or address for the duration of the eligible list.  No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.

If any emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify this office (518)841-4341 no later than 9:00AM on the Monday following the test date, (Tuesday if Monday is a legal holiday) providing verifiable documentation of the reason.  A determination will be made as to if you will be scheduled for an alternate test date.

Application Fee Waiver:  A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household.  In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income Payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/ Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or Local Social Service Agency.   All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification.  If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the application deadline as listed on the examination announcement.

Children of Firefighters and Police Officers killed in the line of duty:   In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served.  If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination.  A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility.  However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established. 

 City of Amsterdam/An Equal Opportunity Employer


Civil Service Commission:                           Gary McNeil, Chairman
                                                                        Lynn Kot, Commissioner
                                                                        Mary Anne Semkiw, Commissioner





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