Accountant II, III, IV

Hawaii State Department of Education

Honolulu District, Hawaii

Date Posted September 23, 2022
Industry Tax
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


  • Amended 8-1-22: Monthly Salary

    $4,692.00 - $5,493.00 per month (SR-22)

    $4,337.00 - $5,079.00 per month (SR-20)

    $4,012.00 - $4,692.00 per month (SR-18)

  • NOTE: Department of Education employees will be placed on the salary range in accordance with Department regulations. All new external applicants will be placed on the initial step of the salary range. However, placement above the initial step of the salary range will be based on special characteristics and critical needs of the position, an applicant's exceptional qualifications, the availability of funds, and other relevant factors. Such appointments require prior approval.

  • Location:
    Honolulu District, Oahu

  • The immediate vacancy is located at the Office of Fiscal Services, Accounting Services Branch, Accounting Section and Office of Student Support Services.

  • Employment Opportunities in Temporary Positions
    Some vacant positions may be temporary. Temporary positions may be extended year to year, dependent upon funding and departmental needs. Making yourself available for temporary positions increases your employment possibilities and may lead to permanent opportunities. A person hired for a temporary position may also become a temporary employee upon satisfactory completion of the initial probation period of at least six months. Once a temporary employee, you would be eligible to apply for promotion and transfer opportunities to permanent as well as other temporary positions. You may also enjoy other rights and benefits as afforded to an employee in a permanent position, with the exception of return rights and placement rights associated with a reduction-in-force.

  • Job Summary:
    Level II:
    As an advanced trainee, performs a variety of assignments ranging from the simple to moderately difficult which do not require the services of a fully trained accountant; and performs other related duties as required.

    Level III:
    Independently performs professional accounting work; analyzes fiscal data; maintains and/or develops segments of accounting systems; and performs other duties as required.

    Level IV:
    Performs difficult professional accounting work; analyzes fiscal data; maintains and/or develops the system for an accounting function; provides advisory services; and performs other duties as required.

  • Minimum Qualification Requirements:
    Applicants must meet all the requirements for the position they are seeking as of the date of the application, unless otherwise specified. Unless specifically indicated, the required education and experience may not be gained concurrently.

    Note: Calculation of experience is based on full-time, 40-hour workweeks. Part-time experience is pro-rated. Example: Twelve months of experience at 20 hours/week is equivalent to six months of experience, not one year. Also, hours worked in excess of 40 hours/week will not be credited. Example: Twelve months of experience at 60 hours/week is equivalent to one year of experience, not one and a half years.

    To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements:

    Education Requirement:
    Bachelor's degree from an accredited (four-year) college or university with at least 12 semester credit hours in accounting and/or auditing subjects.

    Accounting Experience Requirement:
    Six (6) months for Level II; one and one-half (1-1/2) years for Level III; and, for Level IV, two and one-half (2-1/2) years of progressively responsible professional accounting or auditing experience which may have included teaching accounting at the university level.

    Non-Qualifying Experience:
    Experience in such positions as the following will not be accepted as qualifying professional experience: 1) bookkeeper or minor accounting or clerical positions; 2) accounting or bookkeeping machine operators; 3) such positions as those of office managers or owners of business who supervise accountants, auditors or bookkeepers, but do not participate in the accounting or auditing work with responsibility for its technical adequacy; and 4) positions concerned with taxation matters not requiring the application of generally accepted accounting and auditing principles.

    Substitutions Allowed:
    Substitution of Experience for Education:
    The following types of experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis:

    1. Professional, analytical or administrative experience which did not require the knowledge and application of accounting and/or auditing principles and practices, may be substituted for the Education requirement on a year-for-year basis providing the applicant can show that he/she has successfully completed at least 12 semester credit hours at the baccalaureate level in accounting and/or auditing subjects from an accredited college or university.

    2. Professional accounting or auditing experience.

    3. Responsible experience which involved maintaining general journals and general ledger accounts and related books and accounts, and preparing balance sheets and profit and loss statements and related accounting and financial reports. Experience of this nature may be gained by performing duties as a principal bookkeeper or other responsible work requiring the preparation and/or analysis of financial statements and accounting reports.

    4. Any combination of the above.

    Substitution of Education and Experience:
    1. Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 24 semester credit hours in accounting subjects may be substituted for one-half (1/2) year of Accounting Experience.

    2. Possession of a master's degree in accounting or a master's degree with equivalent accounting course work from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one and one-half (1-1/2) years of Accounting Experience.

    3. Applicants who possess a valid Hawaii Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certificate or equivalent, will be deemed to have met the Basic Education and Accounting Experience Requirements for at least the class Accountant III. A review of all of the applicant's education and experience is required in order to determine whether an applicant qualifies for higher levels.

  • Driver's License Requirement:
    Some positions require possession of a valid driver's license. If you are interested in a position that requires driving, please mail a copy (or attach a scanned copy) of your license immediately upon applying.

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