Senior Auditor

  • Sacramento County, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • Sep 21, 2021
Accounting and Finance
  • Salary: $80,680.32 - $98,073.36 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

This is a limited continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on:

10/18/21, 11/15/21, 12/13/21, 1/10/22 (final)

Under general supervision, leads, plans, schedules and oversees the work of Auditors while performing the same and/or more difficult and sensitive County-wide audit and attest duties as those being led; ensures completion of tasks in accordance with established policies and procedures; communicates policies, procedures and job expectations; and provides training to staff.
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Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of

  • Principles and practices of organizational theory, including planning, organizational design, business finance, business development, project management, and organizational effectiveness
  • Principles and practices of leadership, mentoring, and training
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, policies, and procedures related to accounting, audit and attest activities
  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of assigned programs and functions
  • Various professional accounting and auditing standards such as the Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Governmental Auditing Standards (GAGAS)
  • Professional accounting and auditing standards/guidelines established by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), the California State Controller's Office and other regulatory agencies
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors' (IIA) professional standard framework including: Code of Ethics, International Standards, and Practice Advisories
  • Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards issued by U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • Internal Control -Integrated Framework issued by Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) or Standards for Internal Control in Federal Government issued by GAO
  • Accounting procedures and their application to a variety of accounting transactions
  • Preparation of financial statements
  • Methods and procedures of governmental budget preparation and control
  • Financial schedules for external audit purposes
  • Statistical methods, cost and revenue projecting, and cost allocation
  • Applicable revenue and taxation codes
  • Principles and practices of business law
  • Current technology and trends in the profession
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including telephones, computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized applications related to area of assignment

Ability to

  • Lead and train professional and clerical staff on audit projects and activities
  • Plan, coordinate, assign, and review the work of staff
  • Provide work direction and instruction
  • Organize and prioritize work efficiently to meet schedules and deadlines
  • Research and evaluate work problems, and recommend solutions
  • Develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with others
  • Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Apply customer service skills, including the identification of customer needs and follow up to ensure customer commitments have been met
  • Analyze statistical and financial data
  • Analyze laws, codes, regulations and technical material to determine impact on accounting functions, and propose solutions and procedures
  • Participate in government contract and budget preparation and monitoring
  • Exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality of information
  • Analyze and make effective recommendations regarding financial and accounting procedures and workflow
  • Acquire subject-matter expertise in the area of work assignment including the federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations
  • Discern accounting situations requiring policy and procedural determinations by superiors and discuss with other staff
  • Use a personal computer, peripheral equipment, and various software, with emphasis on accounting applications
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with others

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
A Bachelor's Degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university in Accounting or Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy;
Two years of full-time, paid audit experience.
Note: Possession of a current valid Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license from the State of California Board of Accountancy may substitute for the required bachelor's degree.
Note: If the word "experience" is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.
General Qualifications

Criminal History and Background Checks:
The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedures, and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.
The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks where authorized by Labor Code section 1024.5, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.
Driver's License: A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, shall be required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Working Conditions: Positions in this class may require the incumbents to:
  • Travel to vendor sites and corporate offices in or out of the County to conduct audit activities.

Probationary Period: The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed , therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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For information regarding County jobs:
Closing Date/Time: 1/10/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Address

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