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1369 - Finance Investigator

at Pima County

Posted: 4/12/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2413349

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

This grant-funded position is with the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Salary Grade: 47

Performs professional forensic accounting work within a specialized law enforcement investigative unit, auditing, investigating and establishing the financial profiles on individual or business accounts. Employees within this classification may get their work assignments from various law enforcement units, agencies and individuals and are required to work independently, formulate financial determinations, participate in judicial proceedings relative to financial aspects of legal criminal matters and maintain confidentiality in the completion of assignments.


(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor)
Conducts financial investigations by researching and analyzing financial information including review of accounts, files, cases or operations as directed or assigned;
Audits and establishes financial profiles of business or individual accounts that are subject to government regulations or taxation;
Reviews and verifies bank deposits, deeds, leases, legal agreements, journal and ledger payment entries, purchases, expenses, trial balances and determines if transactions were recorded in compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
Conducts statistical analyses of revenues and expenditures, develops financial program proposals, and develops recommendations for management, law enforcement and/or legal review or consideration;
Examines law enforcement financial databases, records, information systems and management procedures to evaluate economy and efficiency of audited unit operations and ensures records and procedures are adequate to protect against fraud and waste;
Prepares written reports of findings relative to financial investigations for management, law enforcement agencies or legal counsel review, participates in identification of discrepancies, mismanagement, waste, illegal activity or fraud;
Reports assigned work load, case volume, schedule and administrative issues to the immediate supervisor without breaching required confidentiality of information;
Participates in financial litigation and provides technical guidance relative to interpretation of state and federal financial legislation, rulings, decisions and court precedents as required by the assignee unit or agency;
Presents audit and investigation findings to the courts, justifying and interpreting these findings, reports and analysis based on the most current financial legislation and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);
Compiles and transmits financial summaries, reports, and/or related information to authorized officials or agencies;
Maintains high level of confidentiality, client privacy and security of the information encountered or developed, as mandated by the appropriate Federal, State and local laws and regulations; 
May supervise assigned clerical, technical, paraprofessional or professional staff.
Knowledge of:

  • GAAP, Governmental Accounting Standards Board principles, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards and applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures related to financial record keeping and recording;
  • techniques, procedures and standards for conducting financial audits and gathering and analyzing information;
  • planning, coordinating, and conducting financial investigations;
  • financial management, documentation, and reporting techniques and methods;
  • principles and practices of supervision of clerical, technical, paraprofessional and professional staff;
  • automated accounting and financial systems and current software applications.
Skill in:
  • applying financial investigative methods and techniques;
  • planning, coordinating and conducting financial audits and investigations;
  • researching, analyzing and interpreting financial and statistical data and information;
  • preparing technical and financial reports;
  • applying appropriate federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies;
  • maintaining high level of confidentiality, client privacy and security of the information encountered or developed during audits;
  • using financial data systems software applications and databases;
  • establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others;
  • communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications

(1) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, economics, criminal justice, public or business administration.
(2) Four years of professional experience in finance, accounting, internal financial or investigative financial auditing.
(3) An Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in accounting and two years of professional experience in finance, accounting, internal financial or investigative financial auditing.
(4) Current certification as either a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.
Preferred Qualifications (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):

  1. Experience processing, understanding and analyzing various types of financial data, i.e. bank statements, financial transactions, tax records, business records, mortgage documents, etc.
  2. Experience articulating and documenting financial findings and presenting findings in clear/concise written reports.
  3. Strong organizational skills including experience multi-tasking and working with limited supervision.
  4. Effective interpersonal communication skills and experience working in a group environment.
  5. Proficient in all Microsoft applications, specifically Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  6. Experience processing and organizing voluminous amounts of data while maintaining a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  7. Experience cultivating and maintaining numerous working relationships with various financial institutions and law enforcement agencies.

Selection Procedure:
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience.  Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications.  The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates: Some positions may require possession of current certification as either a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Some positions require a valid Arizona Class D driver license at the time of application.  Failure to obtain/maintain the required certification/licensures shall be grounds for termination.
Special Notice ItemsSuccessful completion of a background investigation is required due to need for access to investigative, evidentiary and confidential law enforcement information, documents and like materials. 
Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.

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