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Financial specialists perform and coordinate administrative, technical, and professional work related to financial, accounting, and budgetary activities of the court. Procurement specialists ensure that court units are supplied with required materials, equipment, and services. Individuals in both positions ensure compliance with guidelines, policies, and approved internal controls.
Financial specialists may
- prepare, update, and analyze a variety of accounting records, financial statements, and reports;
- oversee and assist with accounts payable and accounts receivable activities;
- assist with budget preparation;
- conduct internal reviews;
- develop recommendations regarding procedures for improvements; and
- assist with policy development regarding financial matters.
Procurement specialists may
- prepare vouchers for approval;
- enter data into automated accounting systems;
- process bills and invoices and disburse funds;
- prepare complicated specifications; negotiate service contracts; and
- prepare significant and large purchase orders.
These positions generally require a high school diploma and preferably a related college degree, depending on local court job specifications. Financial specialists are typically expected to demonstrate knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping principles and practices, skills that are also a plus for procurement specialists. Procurement specialists must be able to complete judiciary contracting officer certification.