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Senior Management Auditor
The California Office of the State Controller Malia M. Cohen seeks Senior Management Auditors! Career Opportunities are available now at CalCareers.com

Looking for a job that you can feel passionate about?  Looking for work in an inviting work environment?  If you are interested in working in a fast-paced environment surrounded by enthusiastic and self-motivated people, then look no further!  The Office of the State Controller (SCO) is the destination. Constitutional employer within the State of California

The following link outlines a summary of benefits available to state employees: https://www.calhr.ca.gov/Pages/California-State-Civil-Service-Employee-Benefits-Summary.aspx 

The following link outlines a summary of benefits available to state employees: https://www.calhr.ca.gov/Pages/California-State-Civil-Service-Employee-Benefits-Summary.aspx

Additional benefits of working at this location include: 

  • Free Parking
  • Retirement Plan
  • Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Health Insurance
  • Flexible Paid Leave
  • Career Development

 This position has telework options available.

Description of the Division:
The Division of Audits is responsible for auditing all funds disbursed by the state and all claims presented for payment to SCO.  Performs independent audits of government agencies that spend state funds.  Assures the accuracy of local government claims and financial statements submitted to the state and federal government by annually reviewing and revising audit guidelines, reviewing audits performed by independent local auditors under these guidelines, and performing field audits of state and federal programs.  Assists and advises local government officials in effective and uniform tax collecting procedures and internal fiscal controls.  Audits highway users’ tax funds at local levels, and the allocation and apportionment of local property taxes.

Description of the Bureau:
The Local Government Audits Bureau performs audits and reviews of local governmental agencies for various programs including Road Fund; Special Gas Tax Street Fund; Gas Tax Refund, Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation; Local Oversight – Underground Storage Tanks; Peace Officer Standards and Training; Flood Control Subvention; Internal Control System; Probate Referee; and Streets and Roads Annual Report. The bureau conducts field audits in accordance with generally accepted governmental auditing standards, and pursuant to specific regulatory requirements and contractual arrangements with the federal government and other state and local agencies.

Scope of Position:
Under general direction provided by the Bureau Chief (Supervising Management Auditor), the Senior Management Auditor will plan, organize, and direct the work of a group of audit teams performing a variety of engagements (audits, attestations, and/or reviews) and will supervise a large audit team conducting sensitive and complex engagements.

Duties and Responsibilities:
(Candidates must perform the following functions with or without reasonable accommodations.)

  • Provide field supervision and on-the-job training of staff members.
  • Review audit reports and work papers for accuracy, clarity, and support; and conformance with professional auditing standards, SCO’s Engagement Manual, and other program requirements.
  • Determine if audit production goals are being met, and make or recommend changes to the Bureau Chief.  
  • Evaluate workload and assign resources to accomplish audit objectives.
  • Develop an annual work plan and annual workload budget. Monitor the plan monthly.
  • Provide guidance and direction and participate in the audit planning process.
  • Evaluate and determine the resources required to meet the State Controller’s constitutional audit obligations.
  • Conduct research of complex audit issues utilizing various resources such as state and federal law, state administrative procedures, codes, legislation, etc.
  • Initiate changes to the audit programs as a result of legislation, regulations, state and federal laws, legal opinions, etc.
  • Perform other special projects as required.
  • Evaluate staff members work performance and prepare evaluation reports.
  • Provide consultative services to staff members regarding the most complex audit and/or compliance issues.
  • Identify types of training needs for each staff member.
  • Ensure that staff members receive identified training needs. Conduct performance evaluations.
  • Monitor and review staff attendance reports.
  • Analyze legislation and prepare bill analysis as needed.
  • Assess available funding and need for budget change proposals.
  • Draft legal opinion requests as needed.
  • Prepare correspondence and other documents as needed.
  • Providing briefings and make presentations to the SCO Executive Office, government officials, and other entities as applicable.
Position: Senior Management Auditor
Organization: California State Controller's Office
Location: Sacramento,  CA 
United States
Salary: $7,563.00-$9,870.00
Posting Start Date: 10/31/2023
Date Posted: 10/31/2023

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified will be interviewed. Application must include “to” and “from” employment dates (m/d/y), hours per week, and prior employer contact information including contact number.  Applications received without this information may not be considered for this position.

Applicants with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations, such as
a Sign Language interpreter, a reader, or assistance attending an interview
please call (916) 323-8579.

In addition to the application, candidates must provide a resume and a statement of qualifications (SOQ). The SOQ should be clear, concise, and typewritten for ease of reading. The SOQ must be no more than one page in length, single spaced, with one-inch margins, in 12-point font, and on a letter sized document (8 ½ x 11). The SOQ must address your experience, educations, skills, and abilities with the following:

  1. Leading, organizing, and motivating a team of auditors who perform a variety of audit assignments.
  2. Working collaboratively and promoting partnerships with various departmental staff, other government agencies, and private entities.
  3. Establishing an inclusive work environment that fosters and promotes the development of staff, facilitates collaboration and teamwork, improves employee morale, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  4. Dealing with sensitive assignments that require immediate action. Include a specific example, the steps you took to mitigate the situation, and the ultimate outcome.

A notation or reference to other materials such as a resume or applications may not be considered and may not substitute for the SOQ. Applications received without the following required documents may not be considered. 


  • Travel will be required, to conduct field audits, which may include flying and/or long drives. 
  • The incumbent is required to have a valid driver license.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Exceptional leadership qualities, with the ability to foster diversity, mentor, encourage, and facilitate cooperation, teamwork, and pride.
  • Knowledge of effective change management, planning, organizing, directing, and engaging a team of professional auditors. 
  • Possession of excellent organization, time management, customer service, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to act independently with integrity, and be open-minded, flexible, and tactful.
  • Ability to mitigate risk and think strategically.
  • Broad knowledge of various federal, state, local laws, rules, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to use good judgment when analyzing data and situations, draw sound conclusions, and take effective actions. 
  • Flexible, and willingness to thrive in an environment of change, pressure, and deadlines, while providing results. 
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience presenting before executive management team, elected officials, and local agency administrators.
  • Experience collaborating with all levels of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Firm foundation in accounting and auditing.
  •  Keen understanding of government accounting theory, principles, and practices.
  • Knowledge of internal control standards.
  • Strong PC skills, including, Microsoft Office applications, Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/30/2023
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Organization Information
California State Controller's Office
3301 C Street, Suite 725

Sacramento,  CA 95816
United States
Division of Audits

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