Join a team of dedicated professionals in the Polk County Clerk of Courts office. The Clerk’s office has been recognized as a Best Places to Work—an award given by CareerSource Polk that is based on employee surveys and an evaluation by judges. The Clerk of Courts provides a very rich benefit plan which includes membership in the Florida Retirement System, health insurance, an employee wellness center, and an employee gym.  There’s also a paid time off plan in which one can accrue twenty-two days of leave time in the first year of employment.

Essential Attributes:
  • The office of the Clerk of Courts has a high degree of public accountability. Regular attendance and punctuality is an essential function of this position.
  • Support and comply with the Mission Statement and Code of Conduct of the Clerk of Courts.
  • Maintain a high standard relating to professional conduct and behavior.
  • Work cooperatively with other employees of the work unit and embrace a teamwork approach to completing tasks.
Essential Tasks:
  • Oversees the operations of Clerk’s Accounting, Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) and the Comptroller to the BoCC.
  • Works closely with Clerk of Courts and Comptroller and other directors to develop office-wide policy and procedures.
  • Directs the preparation of the County-wide Annual Combined Financial Report and Popular Annual Financial Report to submit to Government Finance Officers Association award program for excellence in financial reporting.
  • Directs staff coordination with external auditors regarding the BoCC and Clerk audit and the resulting preparation of the annual financial reports required by the State of Florida, Grantors and Bond Covenants.
  • Directs staff auditing and payment of BoCC request for disbursements to determine adequate support, documentation, procurement policy and contractual requirements.
  • Directs payroll staff regarding the auditing and payment of payroll timecards, new hires, employee position changes, union requirements, etc
  • Participates in investment committee to give guidance to investment manager.
  • Chairs the steering committee designed to oversee the operations of the Oracle Enterprise Resource system.
  • Directs staff coordination regarding county debt, post closure compliance and debt analysis.
  • Directs staff regarding BoCC meetings, agendas and minutes and other official records of the BoCC.
  • Directs staff regarding the ministerial duties of the County Value Adjustment Board in accordance with the State of Florida Department of Revenue Rules.
  • Direct staff development and implementation of procedures to be performed to document and maintain compliance with Florida State Statutes, Auditor General, State and Federal payroll rules, county ordinances, provision of grants and contracts, and other rules and regulations as appropriate.
  • Work closely with county management regarding various transactions that occur and inquiries.
  • Analyze and interpret accounting and technical data, to devize audit procedures and techniques. 
  • Exercise good judgment and discretion in making sound decisions, identify sensitive issues and facilitate communications in a proactive manner. 
  • Being able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
  • All other duties as assigned.
Minimum Skills/Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred from an accredited four-year college or university in related field or a minimum of 4 years direct experience.
  • Required current credentials: Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Preferred current credentials:Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO). 
  • Minimum of 5 years governmental accounting experience is required. 
  • Knowledge of auditing theory, principles, practices and methods of governmental accounting. 
  • Ability to work effectively with people and exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions. 
  • Proficiency with sophisticated computer application software, including development of customized spreadsheets, data bases and word processing. 
  • Ability to research and understand statutes, policies and manuals to ensure compliance in governmental accounting. 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and changing priorities while meeting critical deadlines. 
Physical Requirements:
  • Applicant must have the physical, developmental, and mental ability to perform job tasks, work efforts, responsibilities and duties of the job illustrated above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is required to stand, walk, climb, or balance. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust to focus.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Hiring rate: DOQ
Monday - Friday; 8am - 5pm

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