Director Audit Services

Website St. Johns Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

This is highly responsible administrative and supervisory level work directing financial compliance, performance and operational audits of governmental entities, vendors and other under the jurisdiction of the St. Johns County Clerk of the Court and Comptroller Inspector General (OIG). Responsible for planning and directing the audit function of the OIG. Audits may be conducted of the departments, offices, boards, agencies, and activities of governmental units under the OIG’s jurisdiction, in accordance with applicable law, professional standards, and audit standards. Work involves providing assistance in complex investigations involving allegations of waste, fraud, mismanagement, theft, corruption, misconduct, and abuse of power among others. Work is performed under the supervision of the Inspector General.

Major Duties

– Develops an audit plan for the purpose of assisting management to improve efficiencies and effectiveness and protecting assets against fraud, waste and abuse.
– Directs the systemic review of all governmental units, and their functions, under the jurisdiction of the OIG. Develops and conducts a comprehensive risk assessment of entities under the OIG’s jurisdiction to identify areas with the highest risk of fraud, waste or abuse.
– Directs and reviews audits intended to determine whether activities and programs being implemented as authorized are being conducted in the manner intended, are operated in compliance with applicable laws, policies and procedures and are conducted in an efficient and effective manner.
– Directs the OIG Audit Unit in conducting, with independent oversight of operations, audits of governmental units under the OIG’s jurisdiction.
– Directs audits of the most difficult of complex cases with discretion and independence.
– Establishes and implements administrative policy to effectively allow the OIG Audit Unit to carry out its mission and meet its objectives.
– Performs special audits and amends audit plan as necessary.
– Responsible for maintaining a complete file of all audit reports, audit work papers and other supportive material in accordance with record retention requirements.
– Performs related work as required.

Key Competencies

– Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and procedures of auditing.
– Thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS/Yellow Book) and/or The Institute of Internal Auditor’s (IIA) International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (IPPF/Redbook) and the ability to apply them in the design and execution of audits.
– Knowledge of and experience in performing advanced forensic data analytics (e.g., Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, and other audit software).
– Knowledge of internal controls; ability to analyze complex governmental activities to determine compliance with policies/procedures and good business practices.
– Understanding of the Guardianship program and the role of the Office of Public and Professional Guardians.
– In-depth understanding of fraud, waste, and abuse.
– Ability to develop sound, efficient and effective audit programs for individual audit entities including the performance of complex audits that cut across multiple departments, agencies or local government entities.
– Ability to analyze complex governmental activities to determine compliance with policies and procedures and good business practices.
– Ability to communicate effectively in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS

The Director Audit Services reports to the Deputy Inspector General and Inspector General.

GUIDELINES

Guidelines include Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, Florida Statutes and Probate Rules, County Ordinances, best practices for Guardianship Audits, as per Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers guidelines, the Association of Inspectors General, Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspectors General, and office policies and procedures. Maintains confidentiality consistent with law and policy.

COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK

– Knowledge of auditing theory and principles, practices and governmental accounting.
– Knowledge of local government and familiarity working closely with various local agencies, to include the Board of County Commissioners.
– Ability to deal and communicate with the public in an effective and courteous manner; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other organizations, and the public.
– Skill in financial calculations, analysis, and reporting.
– Ability to organize and prioritize work.
– Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.

CONTACTS

– Contacts are typically with co-workers, other county employees, court employees, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and members of the general public.
– Contacts are typically to provide services and to give or exchange information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT

– The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, walking, bending, crouching, or stooping.
– The work is primarily performed in an office environment.
– Travel may be required.
– This position may be eligible for hybrid remote work.

SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY

The incumbent will supervise auditor(s) and prepare performance evaluations as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

– A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Accounting, Public/Business Administration, or related field.
– Five years of experience in internal, financial, forensic, or government auditing, accounting, or financial analysis.
– Possess licensure as Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
– Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.
– Experience with financial reporting systems.
– Excellent computer skills including MS Office suite i.e. Excel and Word, internet usage and other public records databases.
– Exceptional writing ability, superb integrity, and robust critical thinking ability.
– Must be possess or be able to able to obtain a certificate as a Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS) within 12 months of employment.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

– Master’s degree in a relevant field.
– Three years of supervisory experience.
– Experience working in Inspector General offices.
– Familiar with court case management applications such as Benchmark Case Management.
– Possess a relevant professional certification such as: Considerable experience with case or project management systems.