Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff

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Accountant I (Benefits Accounting)

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Job Title

Accountant I (Benefits Accounting)

Pay Scale

$20.60-$36.73 Hourly; $42,848.00-$76,398.40 Yearly

Starting Salary

$20.60 Hourly; $42,848.00 Yearly

Job Schedule (Subject to Change)

Normal business hours; Monday through Friday

Job Location (Subject to Change)

Ybor City




Twelve-month probationary period

Job Overview

Perform entry level professional accounting duties involving the maintenance and review of accounting and fiscal records and preparation of financial statements. Work is of a standardized nature that may involve a variety of accounting duties. The work in this class is at the full-performance level and of a greater complexity and/or volume than that performed at the level of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Accounting Clerk III.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

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 some or all of the activities described below.
  • Maintain financial records, accounts, ledgers, and journals.
  • Analyze and audit accounting and fiscal data, record, and report for a smaller department/agency or as part of a functional business unit.
  • Prepare standard journal entries and post transactions to proper accounts.
  • Prepare summaries, trial balances, and related reports and statements for assigned functional business unit.
  • May oversee the preparation and maintenance of time and leave reports, payroll records, and pay vouchers.
  • Receive funds, prepare deposits, and reconcile bank statements.
  • Conduct field audits within the scope of assigned functional business unit.
  • Reconcile and balance financial statements and accounting records and ledgers.
  • Prepare operating budgets.
  • Compose correspondence.
  • May direct, supervise, and review the work of subordinate staff.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of governmental accounting principles, practices, procedures, methods, and theory.
  • Knowledge of laws, rules, and policies governing assigned functional accounting area.
  • Knowledge of computer operations using accounting and spreadsheet applications.
  • Ability to develop computer based spreadsheets, graphs, summaries, and reports.
  • Ability to post, balance and reconcile financial accounts and records.
  • Ability to learn supervisory principles, practices, and procedures.

Minimum Qualification(s)

Note: Applicants must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered minimally qualified for the job.
A high school diploma or possession of a GED certificate; and
Four years of experience in bookkeeping or financial record-keeping; and
A passing score on pre-employment testing.
An associate's degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a major in accounting; and
Three years of experience in bookkeeping or financial record-keeping; and
A passing score on pre-employment testing.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a major in any business related field; and
Two years of experience in bookkeeping or financial record keeping; and
A passing score on pre-employment testing.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a major in accounting or finance; and
A passing score on pre-employment testing.
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with self insured health plans and employee benefits. 
Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and other computer applications used to track, analyze and reconcile large volumes of data.

Additional Requirements

  • Depending on area of assignment, incumbents may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 24 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • Prior military personnel must not have a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph, reference/employment/neighborhood checks, medical evaluation, and drug screening.

Benefit Information

Benefits include but are not limited to:
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
  • Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid training
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