Senior Internal Auditor

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance
  • Salary: $79,519.27 - $96,675.40 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Grow your career in finance.
Sonoma County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office seeks a talented and experienced Senior Internal Auditor to join their team!

Starting salary up to $46.32/hour ($96,675/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

The Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office (ACTTC) provides a broad range of quality accounting, financial reporting, auditing, collection, financing, and investing services to County Departments, agencies, districts, and the public. Their mission is to provide reliable and relevant financial services in an efficient, ethical, and effective manner to the citizens of Sonoma County while promoting fiscal responsibility and accountability.

In ACTTC, the Senior Internal Auditor is responsible for performing professional internal audit work; conducting performance, operational, financial, and compliance audit projects; providing consulting services to the organization's management and staff; contributing input to the development of the annual internal audit plan; and maintaining all organizational and professional ethical standards in compliance with the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing .

Reporting to the Audit Supervisor, the Senior Internal Auditor will:
  • Assist in the identification and evaluation of organizational audit risk areas, and providing input regarding the development of the risk-based annual internal audit plans
  • Perform audit procedures, identify and define issues, develop criteria, review and analyze evidence, and document client processes and procedures
  • Conduct interviews, review documents, develop and administer surveys, compose summary memos, and prepare working papers
  • Identify, develop, and document audit issues and recommendations for improvement using, independent judgment concerning areas being reviewed
  • Communicate the results of audit and consulting projects via written reports and oral presentations on a timely basis to management and the Audit Committee
The ideal candidate will possess:

  • An understanding of governmental internal auditing standards
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills
  • The skill to assess large amounts of data, and prioritize accordingly
  • Experience performing internal and/or operational government audits, and IT operational audits
  • A BA in accounting, finance, economics, or business administration/management
  • A Certified Public Accountant License, Certified Internal Auditor Certificate, or Certified Information System Auditor Certificate
This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancy in the Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector's (ACTTC) Office. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future vacancies should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title for this position is Accountant/Auditor II.

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. This recruitment is being conducted to fill a Senior Internal Auditor position in the ACTTC. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future vacancies should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title for this position is Accountant/Auditor II.


Minimum Qualifications

Education & Experience: Any combination of education and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed above. Normally, either possession of a four year college degree in accounting, finance, economics, management or business administration (or possession of a Certified Public Accountant's Certificate) and two years of professional audit and/or accounting experience (comparable to Accountant II or Accountant/Auditor I).


Seven years experience in governmental auditing and/or accounting, including two years of professional audit and/or accounting experience (comparable to Accountant I or II or Accountant/Auditor I) AND 12 semester units or 16 quarter units of accounting, including Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Governmental Accounting, Cost Accounting or Auditing, would provide such opportunity.

Experience directly related to the assigned section, such as payroll, tax accounting, budget, or auditing may be required.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: general and governmental accounting principles and practices; generally accepted auditing standards, including governmental auditing; laws, regulations, procedures, and policies related to various County fiscal operations; principles of personnel and public administration; principles and practices of employee supervision; automated accounting, payroll, and management information systems and personal computer applications.

Ability to: apply general and governmental accounting principles and practices; use generally accepted auditing standards, including governmental auditing; establish and. maintain cooperative work relationships with coworkers, administrative management staff, department heads, and others; problem solve, research and use fiscal documents; plan, manage and perform complex auditing and accounting tasks; plan, organize and direct the work of clerical and technical staff; prepare clear and concise reports and other correspondence; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; adapt to changing work situations as a result of regulations, laws and requests; explain County financial processes and systems to others; perform mathematical calculations rapidly and accurately; and evaluate and recommend complex accounting systems and procedures.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing.


Applications are accepted on-line at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: JT
HR Technician: RR

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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