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Civil Service Exam - Account Clerk

Posted On: 
February 14, 2019

About this position.

  • Position: 
  • Salary: 
    Greater Amsterdam School District $27,549 City of Amsterdam $34,996
  • Department: 
    Controller's Office

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

Account Clerk

Open-Competitive Exam #20181                               Greater Amsterdam School District

                                                                                                               City of Amsterdam


                                   Date of Exam:                         March 30, 2019

                                   Last Filing Date:                      March 6, 2019

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 and the City of Amsterdam.

Salary:                  Greater Amsterdam School District          $27,549

                               City of Amsterdam                                          $34,996

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.

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

Distinguishing Features of the Class:     The work involves responsibility for the performance of standard account keeping procedures in maintaining and checking financial accounts and records.  The incumbent is responsible for entering and retrieving information using computer database/spreadsheet software.  Routine assignments are done under supervision in accordance with defined procedures;detailed instructions are provided for new or unusual assignments.  This class differs from Senior Account Clerk by virtue of the limited complexity of the work.  The work is reviewed by observation,crosschecks, or by the immediate supervisor and by other steps in the account keeping process.  Does related work as required.


Minimum Qualifications:

One (1) year of clerical experience maintaining financial accounts and records.


Note:   Successful completion of coursework in accounting, business administration, or closely related field at a regionally accredited college or university, or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees, may be substituted for the required experience with three semester credit hours of related coursework as indicated above being equivalent to three months of experience.


Subject of Examination:

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

1.      Clerical Operations with Letters and Numbers: These questions test your skills and abilities in clerical operations involving alphabetizing, comparing, checking and counting.  The questions require you to follow the specific directions given for each question which may involve alphabetizing,comparing, checking and counting given groups of letters and/or numbers.

2.      Arithmetic Computation Without Calculators:   These questions test your ability to do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  Questions may also involve fractions, decimals, averages, and percents. You may NOT use a calculator or any other type of calculating device to answer these questions or any other questions in the written test.

3.      Arithmetic Reasoning:  These questions test your ability to solve an arithmetic problem presented in sentence or short paragraph form.  You must read the problem,understand the situation presented, decide what must be done to solve it, and apply the appropriate arithmetic operation (s) in the appropriate order in order to determine the correct solution. Knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is necessary.  Questions may also involve the use of percents, decimals, and fractions.

The use of a calculator is PROHIBITED.

This written examination is being prepared and rated by the NYS Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of the New York Civil Service rules and regulations dealing with the rating of examinations will apply to this written examination.

“A guide to taking the written test for “Account Clerk” is available on the New York State Department of Civil Service website at jobseekers then local governments or in the Office of Civil Service Department 61 Church Street Amsterdam.


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 $10.00 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 whereto 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 submit an application 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 9:00 AM 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

                                                                       John Mancini, Commissioner

                                                                       Lynn Kot, Commissioner




How do I apply?

You can apply for this job by either contacting the person below or downloading the application (if available).

  • Contact: 
    Barbara Partyka
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