Staff Accountant

  • Classification: Full-time or Part-time, exempt
  • Reports To: Sr. Accountants, Supervisors, Engagement Managers, or Engagement Partners


Staff accountants are supervised by senior accountants or other, more experienced, staff accountants. Initially, they are given less complex accounting and tax assignments. As they gain experience, they are given more difficult assignments and greater responsibilities.


  1. Become familiar with the firm’s policies and procedures.
  2. Understand the rules, requirements, code of conduct and standards of the AICPA, and the authoritative literature established by the FASB, GASB, and the PCAOB.
  3. Become familiar with pertinent IRC sections and regulations.
  4. Obtain a working knowledge of tax and accounting research techniques and the various research sources in the firm library.
  5. Obtain a working knowledge of firm technology, including the use of email, and the Internet; and the use of Microsoft Word and Excel, and firm tax preparation and time and billing software.
  6. Become proficient in the preparation of corporate, individual, partnership, fiduciary and other tax returns prepared by the firm.
  7. Assume responsibility for the completion of tax returns under the supervision of more experienced staff.
  8. Perform assigned audit procedures for specific accounts and transactions under the supervision of more experienced staff.


  1. Perform other duties as assigned from time to time by the senior accountants, engagement managers, or engagement partners.


  1. Involves work in the firm’s office or on the client’s premises. Work on the client’s premises may require the use of the staff member’s personal car.
  2. Moderate to low overtime required throughout the year. High level of overtime may be required to complete audit and tax engagements.


Staff accountants normally have zero to three years’ experience in public accounting.


Staff accountants are expected to develop professionally by:

  • Passing the CPA exam.
  • Participating in continuing professional education.
  • Accepting additional responsibility.
  • Representing the firm and promoting its image by attending local professional and business organization functions.
  • Learning new technology the firm introduces into the work environment.

This job description does not list all the duties of the job. You may be asked to perform other assignments and duties. You will be evaluated in part based on your performance of the tasks listed in this job description.

The firm’s management has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment, and either you or the firm may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

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