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Assistant Director of Accounting
Broward County Board of County Commissioners Accounting Division
 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Job Description

OPENING DATE: 09/25/20
CLOSING DATE: Open until a sufficient number of applications have been received.

REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERENCES:

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is seeking qualified candidates for Assistant Director of Accounting in the Accounting Division of the Finance and Administrative Services Department.

This Job Announcement will remain open until a sufficient number of applications are received.

An amazing career opportunity exists with Broward County for a dynamic individual with outstanding governmental accounting and supervisory skills. The candidate for this position will perform highly responsible professional accounting work assisting in planning, organizing and directing the activities of the County's Accounting Division.

Broward County, located between Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties, is the 18th largest county in the nation and is home to nearly 1.96 million people. The County employs nearly 7,000 people in 60 different agencies in areas such as transportation, airport, seaport, human services, planning and recreation. The County has an overall budget of $6 billion, with a General Fund of $1.3 billion including capital improvements and enterprise funds.

The Accounting Division provides accounting services and financial reporting services to County operations that fall under the purview of the County Administrator. This position works with the Director of Accounting to provide oversight of accounting functions, year-end closing and preparation for the annual audit, coordination with the external auditors, preparation of the CAFR, and assuring that the payroll is issued timely and accurately. The Assistant Director of Accounting helps direct staff in inventorying and recording all fixed assets and supports fiscal controls and balances to safeguard the County's funds and assets. The Division is also responsible for grant accounting; holding performance and cash bonds; disbursing payments to vendors, suppliers, and contractors; and processing and remitting retirement and deferred compensation contributions.

The Assistant Director of Accounting reports to the Director of Accounting of the County's Finance and Administrative Services Department.

For more information visit the Accounting Division's webpage at www.broward.org/accounting to review a copy of the latest CAFR and other information about the Division.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be adept at managing, planning, organizing, data analysis, and implementing strategic initiatives and is able to present recommendations and viable alternatives. Valued skills will also include the ability to convert manual and paper process to automated systems independent of, and in concert with, an ERP system.

The ideal candidate will assist in leading the Accounting staff by modeling a strong work ethic, diligence, and performance excellence. The selected candidate will be expected to help move the Division beyond a compliance and process mindset to become a proactive business partner with other County agencies. The candidate must be able to explain accounting concepts, terms, and practices in layman's terms and must have a hands-on approach, be detail-oriented, have the technical expertise to help prepare CAFRs and other similar reports, be knowledge of financial reporting standards established by GASB, and have in-depth experience in operating ERP financial systems.

General Description

Performs highly responsible professional accounting and administrative work assisting in planning, organizing and directing the activities of the County's Accounting Division.

Works under administrative supervision, developing and implementing programs within organizational policies and reports major activities to executive level administrators through conferences and reports.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance or closely related field.
  • Requires six (6) years of professional governmental accounting and financial reporting standards, auditing, and administrative experience; proficiency in GASB pronouncements; and experience preparing CAFRs; including two (2) years of supervisory and management experience.
  • Requires experience in operating ERP financial systems.

Special Certifications and Licenses

  • Certified Public Accountant is preferred

Preferences

  • -Governmental Financial Statement Audit experience
  • -PeopleSoft experience

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job as necessary.

Performs a high level of financial decision making that can affect and impact the County’s financial position; makes decisions concerning the efficiency of work processes of the individual staff members and the overall sections through the use of statistical reports for individual/sectional performance measures.

  • -Monitors Payables and Payroll Sections performance; approves all Divisional requisitions; prepares annual Division budget; reviews and approves budget performance measures; reviews and approves all County bank wires.
  • -Supervises subordinates providing the best venue for two way communication and feedback that facilitates corrective measures for process improvement as well as resolving issues; establishes staff goals and performance reviews; utilizes statistical reports for staff performance and other government best practices as the basis for sectional performance/efficiency.
  • -Exemplifies flexibility and strategic thinking beneficial in the overall success of the Division; provides excellent communication skills and relationship building with peers in other agencies beneficial in accomplishing common goals and accomplishments.
  • -Manages or participates in special projects.
  • -Performs related work as assigned.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Physical Demands

  • Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.
  • Performs sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or sustained keyboard operations.
  • Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)
  • Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.
  • None.

SPECIAL INFORMATION:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance
  • Broward County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The ADA requires Broward County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with the Professional Standards/Human Rights Section.

Emergency Management Responsibilities

  • Note: During emergency conditions, all County employees are automatically considered emergency service workers. County employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.

County-wide Employee Responsibilities

All Broward County employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Employee Code of Ethics, gift, and conflict of interest policies.

All Broward County employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.

BROWARD COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROVIDER OF SERVICES

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT http://www.broward.org/careers

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