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Hillsborough County Government

Accountant III (#ACCT3EXPS) EXPS
$29.97-$50.08 Hourly / $5,194.80-$8,680.53 Monthly / $62,337.60-$104,166.40 Yearly


Performs complex or specialized accounting work at the supervisory or technical lead level. Work may involve accounting and fiscal management for a mid sized department/agency or leadership for a specialized accounting function.


A Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance; and
Four or more years of experience as a professional accountant.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


A passing score on multiple-choice test number 10.

Click here for a test preparation guide to the Accountant test.

NOTE: A valid CPA license may substitute for the testing requirement. Please provide the Civil Service Office with a valid copy of your CPA in order to have the testing requirement waived.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Knowledge of governmental accounting and auditing principles, practices, procedures, methods, and theory.
  • Knowledge of computerized accounting systems to include automated accounting systems and their applications.
  • Knowledge of the specific accounting and reporting requirements and the complete accounting cycle of the organization to which assigned.
  • Knowledge of budgetary procedures and controls.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices and procedures.
  • Ability to schedule, assign, monitor, review and evaluate the work of assigned subordinates.
  • Ability to analyze and audit accounting, fiscal, payroll and leave data, reports and statements.
  • Ability to prepare accounting and audit records, statements, and reports.
  • Ability to read, comprehend, interpret and apply job related laws, rules, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop computer based spreadsheets, graphs, summaries, and reports.


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.

  • Plans, organizes, directs, controls, and/or supervises assigned accounting and financial functions, programs, and systems.
  • Plans and supervises all accounting functions and activities including disbursements, budget development and analysis, revenue accounting, and preparation of statistical and/or fiscal reports; may manage related functions such as payroll, purchasing and inventory control.
  • Formulates, or participates in the formulation of accounting policies, systems, controls and procedures, and monitors their implementation; evaluates effectiveness of, and recommends changes of existing accounting and budgetary systems and controls.
  • Provides consultation as a technical lead or manages subordinates on specific accounting functions; evaluates the performance of subordinate staff providing guidance, training and assistance as needed to ensure effective and timely completion of assignments.
  • Coordinates activities with other departments to ensure adequate flow of pertinent information.
  • Reviews and approves nonrecurring accounting entries and adjustments.
  • Prepares complex analysis and reports on accounting problems or projects.
  • Provides advice and assistance to departments on a variety of accounting problems.
  • Performs related work 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.

CLASS: ACCT3EXPS; EST: 10/4/2015; REV: ;