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Performance Auditor

People at the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) are committed to working together to make a real difference in how government operates. We consistently look for new ideas to ensure our audits are relevant and provide value to the people of Washington and the state and local governments that serve them. That means we are also looking for talented people to join our smart, creative and dedicated workforce. 


Performance audits independently examine the performance and management of government programs and policies, seeking solutions to improve government services for all WashingtoniansSAO’s performance auditors often work at the forefront of public policy, conducting a wide variety of program evaluations and management reviews. Over time, our auditors develop knowledge about many areas of state government, from health care and education to transportation and financial managementAs a result, staff gain broad exposure to policymakers and executives throughout state and local government.  




Performance auditors on our team have a diverse set of skills and backgroundsbut all share certain characteristics: they are critical thinkers, curious, responsible and respectful of their colleagues and agency customers. They are good at spotting patterns in qualitative data and interpreting themes in research or interview responses. They also work well with others on their assigned team, can manage their own time and tasks, and can solve problems as they assist, develop, lead and conduct independent performance audits. While we have high expectations for the depth and quality of work, we are also able to manage our project schedules to sustain a healthy work/life balance. Performance auditors frequently have a particular expertise in areas such as data processing, quantitative analysis, fiscal management and related areas.  

Position: Performance Auditor
Organization: Office of the Washington State Auditor
Location: Olympia,  WA 
United States
Salary: $4,541.00 - $8,216.00 Monthly
Posting Start Date: 5/26/2023
Date Posted: 5/26/2023


Successful Candidate Profile 

SAO is seeking candidates who can: 

  • Be consistently curious and inquisitive 

  • Problem solve ways to get work done 

  • Summarize and synthesize information 

  • Produce accurate, logical, organized, and clear work 

  • Efficiently and effectively analyze data 

  • Produce timely work that satisfies project deadlines 

  • Be an engaged and cooperative team member 


Associate Performance Auditor (APA): This is an entry-level position in the Performance Audit Division. Under the guidance of an audit supervisor, the APA assists with the less complicated sections of program and policy audits by researching and analyzing: 


  • Applicable laws and regulations 

  • Applicable studies, audits and agency self-assessments 

  • Program data, survey results and interview content 

  • How agencies manage their programs and ways to improve that management 

  • Program performance against various performance criteria 


Performance Auditor 1 (PA1) - Conducts more complicated research and analysis and conducts that work more quickly and with less supervision than an Associate Performance Auditor. 


Performance Auditor 2 (PA2) - Conducts more complicated research and analysis and conducts that work more quickly and with less supervision than a Performance Auditor 1. 


Position Requirements  

A bachelor's degree is required. 


Position Preferences 

Successful performance auditors come from many backgrounds. We give preference to applicants who demonstrate strong critical thinking skills and those who have strong communication and time management skills, the ability to build effective working relationships, and a strong interest in continued professional development. 


Application Procedure 


To apply, please visit our website at www.sao.wa.gov/jobs and submit your online application including: 


  1. Your completed application, including responses to the supplemental questions; 

  1. Your letter of interest specifically addressing how you meet the qualifications listed in the announcement; and 

  1. Your current resume 



Application review will be ongoing for this recruitment. It will be to your advantage to submit materials expeditiously. 


Degrees awarded outside the United States must include a credential evaluation report. 


If you are a US veteran and would like to apply for Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of Form DD214 military record showing honorable discharge. 


You may direct questions to the applications unit at: applicationsunit@sao.wa.gov 


The Office of the Washington State Auditor is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or testing process, or who need this announcement in an alternative format, may call or via the telecommunications relay service by dialing 7-1-1. 


The Office of the Washington State Auditor is committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, skills and ideas in order to best carry out the agency’s mission today and in the future. This includes ensuring every member of our team feels valued and supported. We encourage you to join us! 

Status: This listing expires on: 6/25/2023
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Organization Information
Office of the Washington State Auditor
3200 Sunset Way Southeast

Olympia,  WA 98504
United States
Lisa Emmett

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