HOW TO APPLY: Individuals interested in pursuing this career opportunity can apply online at myclearwater.com.
Candidates are encouraged to submit resumes and the names and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references and submit with the application. The position is open until filled.
The first review of applications will be conducted the week of March 2, 2020.
COMMUNITY BACKGROUND Located between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, the city of Clearwater combines the natural beauty of a tropical environment with safe, affordable, active living and opportunities for personal and professional prosperity. From relaxing on our world-acclaimed, white sandy beaches to boating, dolphin watching to fishing, cheering the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training to attending theater and concert events at Ruth Eckerd Hall and Coachman Park, Clearwater offers a lifestyle for everyone. No better location can be found which places more of an emphasis on integrating career, community, and lifestyle than the city of Clearwater.
Clearwater’s quality of life is reflective of the people who live in it. Our vital, growing city has an active population of 110,000 citizens who are accustomed to high-quality services and resources, and who are active partners with the city through numerous neighborhood and community programs.
THE ORGANIZATION The city of Clearwater operates under a Council/Manager form of government. The City Auditor reports directly to the City Manager and is assisted in the administration of the department by a Senior Auditor. The City Auditor provides independent, objective assurance and consulting reviews of city services to promote ethical, effective and accountable government.
In promoting the city’s strategic direction of continuously measuring and improving our performance and practicing responsible financial management, the City Audit Department, being an integral part of the city of Clearwater with unrestricted scope of work and having no authority or responsibility for the activities audited, employs a systematic, disciplined approach to examine, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, internal control and processes. This is achieved through continuously assessing risks, and conducting compliance, financial and operational audits of city business activities, with resulting recommendations being informative and advisory.
THE POSITION The City Auditor directs the operation and administration of the audit department with respect to all matters concerning financial, performance and compliance audit activities. •The City Auditor’s office establishes policies and procedures to guide the internal audit activity, ensuring transparency, accuracy and timely delivery of audits. •Maintains a positive working relationship with and acts as a strategic partner to the city; assists the city administration in all its accountability functions. •Reviews and measures the city’s operations by conducting risk assessments of its processes and identifies and assesses changes that could significantly impact the system of internal control; identifying opportunities to further strengthen existing controls. Evaluates the effectiveness and contributes to the improvement of risk management processes. •Schedules individual audit and consulting engagements while developing and guiding audit professionals in developing audit programs. • Determines and evaluates the existence and sufficiency of internal controls in responding to risks, while testing internal controls over compliance requirements. •Informs and advises the City Manager, department heads, other management of mandates and compliance requirements by regulatory bodies, state statutes, ordinances, City Council and city policies and procedures, contracts and agreements, accounting standards and best practices. •Develops and recommends strategic financial, performance and compliance control system, process and practice changes to improve the cost effectiveness, efficiency and responsiveness of auditing activities. •Prepares and delivers presentations to the City Council, other governmental agencies and professional organizations.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting or related field. A CPA or CIA certification is preferred. Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of professional accounting and auditing experience, with at least three (3) years in responsible governmental auditing; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered.
The City Auditor must have knowledge of the principles and practices of government auditing and accounting. This position will need to know auditing practices and their application to accounting and budget control.
The City Auditor will also need to have skills in planning, administering and performing various audits while establishing and maintaining strong office relationships; and exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, to include internal team communications.
About City of Clearwater
Located between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, the City of Clearwater combines the natural beauty of a tropical environment with safe, affordable, active living and opportunities for personal and professional prosperity. Clearwater’s diverse activities and amenities include relaxing on our world acclaimed white sandy beaches, boating, dolphin watching and fishing, cheering the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training, and attending theater and concert events at Ruth Eckerd Hall and Coachman Park. Clearwater places an emphasis on integrating career and community and offers a lifestyle for everyone.
Clearwater’s quality of life is reflective of the people who live in it. Our vital, growing city has an active population of 110,000 citizens who are accustomed to high quality services and resources, and who are active partners with the City through numerous neighborhood and community programs.
The City of Clearwater operates under a Council/ Manager form of government. The Council is comprised of the Mayor and four Council members who each serve four-year terms. The Council is responsible for setting policies and making decisions on local gov...ernment issues including tax rates, annexations, property code variances and large contract awards.
The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer of the City and is assisted in his administration by two Assistant City Managers.
The City Manager, Deputy City Manager, and Assistant City Managers are supported by 22 operating departments with a workforce of 1800+ FTE’s and an annual budget of over $389 million