Principal Internal Auditor (IT & General Audit Manager)

Recruitment #1703-PRIAUDCLKU-001


The Clerk of the Circuit Court is looking for new members to join our team as part of one of the finest organizations in Hillsborough County. Employees of the Clerk of the Circuit Court provide quality service to our public.

As a member of our working team, you will occupy a position offering a unique challenge. You are, in effect, working both for your neighbors and yourself while constantly improving your community. You are a public employee performing essential services for the people of Hillsborough County. Our county’s citizens are affected by your on-the-job performance and their opinions of our organization are directly influenced by your conduct. Wherever you work in the Clerk’s organization, please keep in mind the trust that the people of Hillsborough County have placed in your hands. By meeting all of your responsibilities in the most efficient and courteous manner possible, you will find your efforts rewarding.

Job opportunities are offered first to current Clerk of the Circuit Court Employees. If a Clerk employee is not selected, consideration will be then given to applicants outside of the office.

This office reserves the right to consider how your application is prepared. It will be considered only if it is written with clarity and contains the required transcripts, certificates and licenses or other specified documents.


Works collaboratively with the Director of County Audit and the Board of County Commissioners’ and Clerk of the Circuit Court’s senior staff to assess the adequacy of internal controls, appraise the management of resources, and/or determining compliance with procedures, contract terms, laws, regulations or other guiding principles. Responsible for planning, reviewing, and performing complex audit work for the Board of County Commissioners’ and the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s organizations. The individual will also manage detailed audits of information technology systems and infrastructures to verify systems are secure and support the related applications or business processes. Perform a wide variety of specialized audit duties requiring considerable independent judgment and a high degree of discretion with respect to confidential and sensitive issues and documents. Responsible for assisting all levels of management in the effective discharge of their responsibilities by furnishing them with analysis, appraisals, recommendations, counsel, and information concerning the activities reviewed and by promoting effective controls at reasonable cost. Responsible for planning, organizing, directing, monitoring, and evaluating personnel.

Employees in this class perform duties of extensive difficulty requiring extensive initiative and independent judgment under general direction.


Graduation from an accredited four year degree granting college or university with a major in Accounting, Business Administration or Public Administration; five years of experience as a professional internal auditor providing risk based financial, operational and IT audit and assessment services; at least three of those years must be in a supervisory or management role.

Possession of a current Florida Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation.


A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Accounting, Business Administration or Public Administration; five years of experience as a professional internal auditor providing risk based financial, operational, and IT audit and assessment services; at least two of those years must be in a supervisory or management role. 


Possession of a current Florida Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation.


  • Extensive knowledge of the special principles, practices and procedures of auditing pertaining to financial, IT, and program operations of County departments, external companies, contractors and grantees having contractual relationship with the County.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of governmental accounting, business and public administration.
  • Thorough information technology knowledge, audit skills, and abilities.
  • Thorough knowledge of local, state and federal laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to fiscal management of government agencies.
  • Thorough knowledge of the organization and operations of departments and agencies assigned for audit.
  • Thorough knowledge of professional auditing (Red and Yellow Book) and departmental standards for the conduct of comprehensive auditing programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of the provisions of various contracts between the County and external companies and contractors.
  • Considerable knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
  • Ability to plan the objectives, approach, scope and work plan to accomplish audit objectives in accordance with professional and departmental standards.
  • Ability to direct and coordinate the work of an auditing staff to achieve audit objectives within projected time and budget constraints while ensuring quality and exceeding client expectations.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret accounting data, devise audit procedures and techniques, and evaluate completed audit reports.
  • Ability to determine the adequacy and effectiveness of management controls over operational activities.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in evaluating audit findings for critical and non-critical matters.
  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Strong ability to use a computer and related software (Word/Excel/Outlook, electronic working papers, PowerPoint, data extraction analytics (IDEA/ACL) etc).


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

 • Translates audit policy into goals, objectives, and procedures under the general direction of the Director of County audit.
• Assists the Director of County Audit in the preparation of an annual work plan by identifying operations, information technology, and financial areas requiring audit coverage and assessing the degree of risk inherent in the activities to be audited.
• Participates in information technology risk assessments, IT audits, IT compliance, and IT consulting engagements.
• Plans, directs, and conducts reviews of assigned organizational and functional activities in accordance with professional auditing standards as published by the Institute of Internal Auditors (Red Book) and the Government Accountability Office (Yellow Book).
• Proactively interacts with key management to gather information, resolve audit-related problems, and make recommendations for business and process improvement.
• Makes oral or written presentations identifying areas of improvement or non-compliance and recommends corrective action to enhance operations and/or to reduce costs.
• Collaborates with and guides management of audited areas to ensure good business practices and internal controls.
• Provides analytical and diagnostic advice to the Director of County Audit and develops strategies to resolve audit concerns.
• Supervises follow-up reviews of deficiencies identified during internal audits.
• Conducts and/or supervises investigations of irregularities discovered by or brought to the attention of the County Audit Department.
• Performs and/or supervises complex audits.
• Represents the Director of County Audit at meetings with officials and senior management.
• Participates in establishing appropriate County Audit Department policies and procedures to ensure quality of assurance services delivered.
• Ensures subordinates have appropriate professional qualifications and skills, and are given opportunities for sufficient training and development.
• Provides supervision and training of subordinate IT and general audit staff.
• Supervises the work of subordinate staff by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, providing counseling and evaluating performance.
• Under the general guidance of the Director of County Audit, ensures status, strategy, and resources of the County Audit Department are aligned with organizational goals and objectives.
• Under the general guidance of the Director of County Audit, prepares and manages risk analysis and audit plans.
• Under the general guidance of the Director of County Audit, ensures audit resources are appropriate, sufficient and effectively deployed.
• Ensures timely completion of audit projects.
• Plans, directs, organizes and coordinates the work of subordinate professional auditors.
• Plans and determines the focus and direction of specific audits; assists in formulating an annual audit plan; plans the objectives, approach, scope and work program to accomplish audit objectives in accordance with professional and departmental standards and within time constraints.
• Performs other related duties as required.


This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

Selection Plan

Appointing Authority May Require:


Experience with computer-assisted audit tools and data analysis techniques. Possession of a valid Driver’s License.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), CyberSecurity Nexus Certifications (CSX or CSX-P), or other IT related designations are a plus.

A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation is a plus.



VETERANS' PREFERENCE: Preference will ONLY be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation to support entitlement to preference MUST be provided at the time of application.

RESPONSE/RECOVERY ACTIVITIES: Employees may be required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to a major emergency or natural disasters affecting County operations. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees may be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities.


The Clerk of the Circuit Court provides equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors.

Clerk of the Circuit Court welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.