Forensic Analyst Senior
Travis County - Austin, TX

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Under minimal direction, performs professional forensic accounting analysis in support of white-collar criminal prosecution cases. Work involves independently gathering and analyzing complex financial data and records, verifying the accuracy of financial records, conducting investigative research and presenting results in the form of written reports and/or verbal presentations in preparation for trial. Directs and conducts forensic analysis to determine whether or not an offense has occurred, the methodology used to commit the offense, and the total financial loss to the victim.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
This is the second in a series of two professional forensic analyst-related job classifications within the Finance job family. Incumbents typically perform a range of complex to highly complex professional financial analysis duties that require the application of standard financial theories, principles and techniques, and require the appropriate skill levels including intermediate to advanced skill levels in computer, analytical and communication skills. Incumbents typically perform analysis of complex to highly complex financial data and investigative research to prepare reports and presentations to be used in support of white-collar criminal prosecution cases. This classification is distinguished from the Forensic Analyst in that incumbents independently analyze the most advanced data and lead or supervise lower level staff in forensic analysis. Duties require an extensive degree of initiative and independent judgment. This classification typically performs duties at a department or office level. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Under minimal direction of a prosecutor and/or investigator, performs highly complex professional financial analyses and audits of financial records pertaining to alleged criminal activity.
  • Analyzes allegations, determines the nature of the scheme(s) and identifies key issues, actual and potential suspects and the type of evidence needed to prove the allegations. Sets relevant objectives and completes forensic accounting analysis within the confines of prosecutorial time limitations. Reviews, evaluates and analyzes voluminous, financial records of individuals and businesses, including restructuring partial or missing information. Analyzes computer records and other information stored in an electronic medium. Sets out leads that may be beneficial to case disposition.
  • Coordinates, organizes and directs investigations with other prosecutorial team members and others to gather testimonial evidence required to support the forensic accounting analysis. Oversees the work of other forensic analysts. Prepares necessary information to support subpoenas or search warrants. Assists in the service or execution and the seizure or gathering of the relevant information sought.
  • Prepares verbal presentations and written reports of the forensic analysis, summarizing the significant findings using various formats, for use by investigative and legal personnel in preparation for trial. Works with prosecutors in the preparation of clear and concise testimony and trial exhibits.
  • Provides sworn testimony as a subject-matter expert before the Grand Jury, trial jury or other legal entity, regarding the information obtained, chain of custody of evidence, and conclusions of work and analysis completed. Addresses questions related to the procedures used in the analysis.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting or a directly related field AND six (6) years of increasingly responsible professional level financial analysis, accounting, auditing or related experience. Master's degree in Finance, Accounting, or a directly related field may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or other relevant Certification.

Valid Texas Driver's License.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Policies, practices, procedures and terminology of assigned function.
  • Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, rules, regulations and guidelines.
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and standardized financial practices.
  • Management and supervision practices and techniques.
  • Manual and automated systems relating to assigned function.
  • Modern office practices, procedures and methods.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
Skill in:
  • Leading projects and related staff.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Forensic analyzing, auditing and investigating of financial data and records.
  • Interviewing and interrogating techniques in order to elicit relevant information concerning financial crimes.
  • Reviewing and developing financial spreadsheets.
  • Both verbal and written communication, including presentations.
Ability to:
  • Train and supervise employees.
  • Set priorities and coordinate and schedule tasks in a logical manner.
  • Interpret financial data and identify fraudulent activities.
  • Organize information into presentations.
  • Prepare exhibits, graphs and/or flowcharts.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees and officials, representatives of outside agencies, and the general public.

Work Environment & Other Information:

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 10-15 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, sitting, walking, climbing, crawling, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, reaching, twisting, balancing, repetitive motion, and squatting to perform the essential functions.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Location: 314 W. 11th Street, Austin

Department: District Attorney

Criminal & Employment Background Check Required

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