Director - Finance Services

Director - Finance Services
Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Finance Services Department
 West Palm Beach, Florida
Job Description

This is your opportunity to join an award-winning team that is nationally recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) as a leader in governmental budgeting and fiscal accountability. The Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s office, located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach and one of the largest counties east of Mississippi River, is seeking a Finance Director to oversee the Revenue, Investments, Payables, Accounting and Financial Reporting (AFRD), Grants & Contracts, and Board Services departments. The Director must possess excellent communication skills, work well under pressure and thrive in a fast-paced, innovative and challenging environment.

We believe that culture matters, and we continuously reaffirm our commitment to making our office a great place to work.

Why work for us?

Clerk Benefits

We offer superior health care plans with lower cost, competitive retirement and pension plans, which include the Florida Retirement System and an optional 457 deferred compensation plan, generous paid time off and paid holidays.

Clerks for a Cause

We are committed to making Palm Beach County a great place to live and work by supporting local charities that improve the quality of life of our residents.

Clerks for Wellness

Our nationally recognized wellness program improves the physical, emotional and financial health of our employees. The program features a variety of wellness opportunities and events, including regular lunch and learn workshops, lifestyle challenges, training events and one-on-one meetings with financial planning experts.

Responsibilities of this position include the day-to-day operations and leadership support for the following departments within our Finance Services Division:



The Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s Revenue department is responsible for Palm Beach County Commissioners’ (BOCC) banking services, receipting, recording and analysis of County revenue.


As the treasurer for Palm Beach County, the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller invests and earns income on public funds, ultimately reducing the burden on taxpayers. The Clerk's certified investment professionals proactively manage the roughly $3 billion portfolio to maximize investment earnings, while ensuring that tax dollars are protected.


The Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s payables department is responsible for establishment of countywide payment procedures. This department also processes payment requests that originate from purchase orders other types of special payments. A pre-audit of expenditures is conducted to ensure that they serve a public purpose, comply with the law and are within the County’s budget.


As County Auditor, the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s AFRD department is responsible for maintaining an accurate, complete set of financial records in order to produce all required financial statements and reports to comply with state and federal laws and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The reports that are produced include the County’s Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Grants & Contracts:

The Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s Grants and Contracts department is responsible for maintaining files and logs, and processing BOCC payment requests for executed vendor contracts and grant agreements, including payments for capital projects, non-profit agencies, tourism agencies, and various federal and state grants. This team also monitors financial compliance with all state and federal grants.

Board Services:

The Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s board services department records and prepares the minutes of the Board of County Commissioners meetings and serves as the custodian of the official County seal, resolutions, contracts and ordinances of the BOCC. The Board Services department also oversees the Value Adjustment Board (VAB) which settles disputes between taxpayers and Property Appraiser. As Clerk of the VAB, the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s office receives and processes petitions, schedules and coordinates hearings, and more.


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field;

(10) Years of recent and relevant experience that provides expertise in accounting, and governmental finance practices, as well as performing leadership and management responsibilities (i.e. supervising, training, hiring, disciplinary action, counseling, performance management, recommending personnel actions).

Preferred Qualifications:

Florida Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or other state CPA may be considered in lieu of.


Note: Vacancy postings may be cancelled at any time based on business needs. Applicants who have applied will be notified of cancellations.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. Depending on the position, candidates are subject to drug screening, a physical and a background check as a condition of employment. Certain service members and veterans, and the spouses and family members of the service members and veterans, receive preference and priority in employment and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled. Pursuant to Florida Statute, Chapter 295, Section 07(4)(b), heads of departments and certain managerial positions are exempt from Veterans’ Preference. Pursuant to Florida Statute 295, Section 09 (b) and (c), Veterans’ Preference promotion preference shall apply to a person who was a veteran when employed by the state or its political subdivision and who was recalled to extended active duty and shall apply only to a veteran's first promotion after reinstatement or reemployment, without exception. To claim preference, an applicant must complete and upload both the Veterans’ Preference Claim Form and required documentation prior to the position’s posted closing date. Hiring decisions are based on qualified candidates’ non-numerical assessments and numerical assessments, which include interviews.

If an applicant claiming veterans’ preference for a vacant position is not selected, they may file a complaint with the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), 11351 Ulmerton Road, Suite 311, Largo, FL 33708.

If an applicant seeking veterans’ preference in employment in the state of Florida is not selected for the position and is so notified, they must file their complaint with the DVA within 60 calendar days from the date the applicant is notified.