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NOTICE OF EXAMINATION The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announces the Open-Competitive exam for: Principal Account Clerk

November 18, 2021


The Amsterdam Civil Service Commissionannounces the Open-Competitive examfor:

Principal Account Clerk

           Open-Competitive Examination # 68-894               Cityof Amsterdam

                                   Date ofExamination:                                    February5, 2022

                                   Date of LastFiling:                             December30, 2021

Read this entire announcement before fillingyour application.

Starting Salary:                      $47,102.00                  

General Statement:   Thework involves responsibility for planning, assigning and supervising majoraccount keeping activities and/or independently performing difficult andresponsible account keeping functions electronically, on hard copy or both.

Minimum Qualifications:      Either:

a)      Graduation from a regionally accreditedcollege or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regentsto grant degrees with an Associate’s degree in accounting, businessadministration, or closely related field and two (2) years of clericalexperience in maintaining financial accounts and records; or

b)      Graduation from high school or possession of ahigh school equivalency diploma and four (4) years of clerical experiencemaintaining financial accounts and records; or

c)      An equivalent combination of training andexperience as defined by the limits of (a) and (b).


Subject of Examination:

Subjects ofexamination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /orabilities in the following areas:

1.Fundamentals of account keeping and bookkeeping     These questions test for a knowledge of basicprinciples and practices of account keeping and bookkeeping. The questions testfor recognizing account keeping and bookkeeping terms, concepts andrelationships; recording financial transactions; and solving elementaryproblems in account keeping and bookkeeping.



2.Supervision    These questions test for knowledge of theprinciples and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling theactivities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The conceptscovered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics asassigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining workstandards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing proceduralchange; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism,morale, and discipline.

3.Understanding and interpreting tabular material    These questions test your ability tounderstand, analyze, and use the internal logic of data presented in tabularform. You may be asked to perform tasks such as completing tables, drawingconclusions from them, analyzing data trends or interrelationships, andrevising or combining data sets. The concepts of rate, ratio, and proportionare tested. Mathematical operations are simple, and computational speed is nota major factor in the test. You should bring with you a hand-held battery orsolar powered calculator for use on this test. You will NOT be permitted to usethe calculator function of your cell phone.

4.Understanding and interpreting written material   These questions test for the ability tounderstand and interpret written material. You will be presented with briefreading passages and will be asked questions about the passages. You shouldbase your answers to the questions ONLY on what is presented in the passagesand NOT on what you may happen to know about the topic.

A Guide for theWritten Test for Higher Level Account Clerical is available at the New YorkState . Candidates not havingaccess to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide fromthe municipal civil service office conducting this examination using thecontact information found elsewhere on this announcement.

Use ofCalculators is recommended.  Candidates are permitted to use quiet,hand-held solar or battery powered calculators or slide rules.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, spellcheckers, personal digital assistants, address books, language translators,dictionaries, or any similar devices including cell phones are prohibited.

If an emergency prevents you fromappearing for the examination, please notify this office no later than 9:00amon the Monday following the test date, (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday)providing verifiable documentation of the reason.  A determination will be made if you will bescheduled for an alternate test date.

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Application:   Applications may be obtained atthe Civil Service Office in Amsterdam City Hall between 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM orby sending a stamped self-addressed legal envelope to:

           Amsterdam Civil Service Commission, City Hall 61 ChurchSt. Amsterdam NY  12010

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

Do not interpret a noticeto appear for, or actual participation in, the examination as an indicationthat you fully meet the announced requirements. Depending on the time availablebefore an examination, applicants may be admitted on the basis of statementsmade on the application or conditionally admitted without prior review of theapplication. Under these circumstances, candidates not meeting the requirementswill be disqualified and notified of such disqualification. Candidatessubsequently disqualified after taking the test will not be notified of theirscore.



Application Fees:       A $15.00non-refundable application fee is required for each separately numberedexamination for which you apply.  Therequired fee must accompany your application. Send a check or money order payable to City of Amsterdam.  Write the examination number(s) and theapplicant’s name on the check or money order. DO NOT SEND CASH.  If your application is disapproved, the feewill not be refunded.  You shouldcarefully review the announced minimum qualifications and any residencerequirements and apply only for those examinations for which you clearlyqualify.


Religious Observer/Disabled Candidates/Military Members:       Applicantswhose religious beliefs or military service prevent their taking examinationson the scheduled date and disabled candidates who require specialaccommodations to take the test should indicate the need for specialarrangements.  Military Service Members:If you apply for an examination during the filing period but are on activemilitary duty on the date of examination is scheduled, you may request amilitary makeup examination.  ContactAmsterdam Civil Service for more information. If you are on active duty or discharged after the filing period hasbegun, you may apply for the examination up to ten days before the test date.


Section 23.2 Statement:       Thisexamination will be prepared and rated in accordance with Section 23.2 of theCivil Service Law.  The provisions of NewYork State Civil Service Law, rules and regulations dealing with thepreparation and rating of examinations will apply to this examination.


Multiple Exam Takers:           If youhave applied for any other Civil Service examination to be given on the sametest date for employment with NY State or any other local governmentjurisdiction excluding NY City, you must make arrangements to take all theexaminations at one test site.

If you have applied forboth State and Local government examinations, you must make arrangements totake all your examinations at the State examination center by calling(518)457-7022 no later than two weeks before the test date.

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


Veteran’s Credit:                   Veteransor disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credit must submit anapplication for veteran’s credit with their application for examination or atany time between the dates of their application for examination and the date ofestablishment of the resulting eligible list. Applications for veteran’s creditare available from this office.  Veteran’s credits can only be added to apassing score on the examination.


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


Change of Address:   It is theresponsibility of the candidate to notify the Amsterdam Civil Service of anychange in name or address for the duration of the eligible list.  No attempt will be made to locate candidateswho have moved.


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


Application Fee Waiver:       A waiverof application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarilyresponsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if youdetermined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security IncomePayments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/ FamilyAssistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training PartnershipAct/Workforce Investment Acteligible through a State or Local Social Service Agency.  All claims for application fee waiver aresubject to verification.  If you canverify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request forApplication Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your applicationby the close of business on the application deadline as listed on theexamination announcement.


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



City ofAmsterdam/An Equal Opportunity Employer


Civil Service Commission:                             Gary McNeil, Chairman

                                                                       LynnSemkiw, Commissioner

                                                                       LynnKot, Commissioner                               11/21/2014


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