Investigator/Guardianship Auditor

Lee County Clerk of Court - Fort Myers, FL3.2

Job Function

Provide a resource in support of the IG Department Vision:
Promote public trust by providing our stakeholders with an independent and objective assessment of accountability and transparency by fostering integrity and promoting efficient, cost-effective Lee County government operations.

This is professional work performing administrative investigations and guardianship audits in areas such as allegations of fraud, waste and abuse, guardianship financial accountings, inventories, and plans. This position performs a wide range of administrative investigations and guardianship audits. An administrative inquiry is an investigation that is not for the purpose of law enforcement or criminal prosecution. Work is to conform to the applicable professional standards for investigations and guardianship audits.

The Investigator/Guardianship Auditor performs investigations of alleged Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Lee County Port Authority (LCPA), and the Lee County Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller (LCCC). All assignments follow professional standards to plan and conduct the investigation and/or guardianship audit program, including; conducts interviews, conducts research, analyzes risk, and tests controls in support of the conclusions of the assignment. All assignments are performed based upon programs designed to assure the accuracy and effectiveness of best practices, policies, procedures, systems, and other areas pertinent to the assigned project. All investigations and guardianship audits must conform to the professional standards or best practices as set forth. The Association of Inspectors General (AIG) Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspector General (Green Book), the Florida Inspectors General Standards Manual by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA), FCCC Guardianship Audit Best Practices, and the relevant aspects of a Guardianship Audit assigned per the Memo of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Elder Affairs, Office of Public and Professional Guardians (OPPG) program. Work is performed under general supervision with considerable autonomy for sound, independent judgment.

Typical Job Duties
To assist in adding value to the BOCC, LCPA, LCCC through FWA investigation activity, or to assist in adding value to the LCCC and OPPG through the Guardianship Audit activity, the Investigator/Guardianship Auditor:

  • Conducts administrative investigations and audits in accordance with professional standards and Department policy and procedure.
  • Identifies, collects, and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources to extract fact-based information that is significant to the assigned project.
  • Conducts interviews and meetings designed to elicit useful, relevant, and reliable information for fraud, waste, abuse investigation and audit projects.
  • Documents information and conclusions in an organized, timely, and useful manner.
  • Evaluates facts, employs sound deductive reasoning to draw and support appropriate conclusions, and make constructive recommendations.
  • Conducts research on subject matters related to the project.
  • Provides clear, concise, and accurate summaries and reports containing project results to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Prepares and obtains signed, sworn statements.
  • Provides as applicable testimony in administrative, civil, or criminal hearings.
  • Demonstrates increasing mastery of fraud examination principles, internal controls auditing, and fraud detection methodologies.
  • Meets independently with Judiciary, Attorneys, Wards, Guardians, and other interested parties as applicable.
  • Ability to conduct administrative investigations, including knowledge of generally accepted investigative practices, and interviewing techniques.
  • Performs work specified in approved administrative investigation plan, including, but not limited to; interviews, research, and analysis.
  • Collects supporting documentation, and reviews facts to substantiate conclusions in an investigation.
  • Produces high quality written reports, memos, etc. ..., documenting findings, conclusions and recommendations.
  • Prepares comprehensive draft administrative investigative and guardianship audit reports for review and approval by IG Department management.
  • Assists in providing counsel and advice to management on matters related to administrative investigative reports.
  • Performs with proficiency and due professional care the work specified in approved administrative investigation and/or audit plan.
  • Submits reports of investigation and guardianship audit activity to IG Department management.
  • Communicates and meets as applicable with investigative or audit parties throughout the assignment.
  • Determines the extent of compliance with established laws, policies, plans and procedures.
  • Prepares electronic working papers to sufficiently document the investigation and audit work performed.
  • Responsible for all working papers in support of administrative investigation and audit assignments.
  • Willingly assist others in the Department to resolve technical questions and/or increase productivity within the office.
  • Participate in Department Teams (Collaboration, Risk Assessment, Policy and Procedures, etc.) when called upon.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with co-workers, all departments, other agencies and the general public.
  • Seeks out and attends continuing professional educational opportunities to maintain professional affiliations and certification(s).
  • Performs other duties and/or special projects as assigned
  • Possess a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, Criminal Justice, or a related field from an accredited college or university, plus three years of verified work experience in administrative investigations, guardianship audit, or its equivalent (experience in external auditing, internal auditing, quality assurance, compliance and internal control).
  • Associate's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, Criminal Justice, or a related field with five years of verified work experience in administrative investigations, guardianship audit, or its equivalent may be substituted for the four year degree.
  • Possess qualifications that include: Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS), Certified Inspector General Auditor (CIGA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) or equivalent designations.
  • Experience at conducting administrative investigations and guardianship audits of local government agencies preferred.
  • Skill in completing assigned duties and functions in a timely and effective manner.
  • Skill in working with others to achieve project goals and objectives.
  • Ability to maintain the highest standards of conduct, honesty, and loyalty in both official and personal matters.
  • Ability to learn theories, principles, and practices of investigation and audit, and apply such knowledge to fraud, waste, abuse investigation and audit projects involving government activities and resources.
  • Ability to master steep learning curves regarding government organizations, programs, activities, functions, and, where applicable, their interrelations with the private sector.
  • Knowledge of the following standards, procedures, and practices for investigations and audits including: The Florida Inspectors General Standards Manual, Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspector General of the Association of Inspectors General, the Florida Inspectors General Standards Manual by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc., the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) Guardianship Audit Best Practices, and OPPG protocols and procedures.
  • Knowledge of accounting and/or business principles, procedures, and practices.
  • Knowledge of systems for internal controls.
  • Ability to apply administrative investigation and auditing principles to the variety of policies, practices, and systems found in complex governmental organizations.
  • Knowledge of Florida Statutes, Attorney General Opinions, and general practices associated with Florida county government.
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret Florida Statutes, Attorney General Opinions, and County policies and procedures.
  • Ability to identify, obtain and analyze information from a variety of sources, evaluate facts, and employ sound deductive reasoning to draw appropriate conclusions, and where appropriate, make constructive recommendations.
  • Ability to demonstrate continuous learning and growth by developing a new skill or pursuing additional professional certification.
  • Ability to compile information and create and deliver clear, concise, deductive, and fact-based summaries of project results, both orally and in writing.
  • Intermediate level experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to utilize computer applications and software. Experience using TeamMate Audit software preferred
  • Demonstrate proficiency with operations and general care of the PC, printers and other required office equipment.
  • Ability to process data and maintain a paperless investigation or audit file.
  • Good communication skills both written and oral to ensure the completion of investigative/ audit work to the final report product.
  • Good organizational skills and strong attention to detail required.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic and professional demeanor are required.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Ability to work and make decisions under pressure and meet all deadlines, goals and objectives as set forth.
  • Work is performed independently; requires initiative and independent judgment.
  • Use tact in sensitive situations, present a positive image of the Clerk's office at all times, and maintain confidentiality of restricted files.
  • Support and comply with the Mission and Vision Statement and the Ethics Policies of the Clerk of Courts and the IG Department.
Supplemental Information
This position is scheduled to work Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Physical Requirements:
  • Office: Majority of the time is spent sitting at the computer; remainder of the time is spent assisting in other functions.
  • Work from Home (if applicable): Majority of the time is spent sitting (or standing) at the computer.
  • This position may require going to other departments and/or offices on different floors and/or buildings throughout the day.
  • This position requires clear verbal interaction with employees, the public and agencies.
  • This position requires travel to other sites to perform administrative investigations and/or audits, attend meetings, seminars, trainings, or classes.
  • Possess a valid driver's license and the ability to drive a vehicle to various sites for field work activities.
  • Ability to carry laptop computer and peripheral equipment to assigned project locations.
  • This position may require bending and reaching.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment.
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.