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Staff Auditor

The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA), Financial Audit Division, is now accepting applications for full-time staff auditor positions. Staff auditors enjoy rewarding work and encounter a variety of financial activities, programs, and people.

Staff auditors examine a variety of financial areas in state government. Typical duties require a staff auditor to:

  • Evaluate and test internal controls.
  • Perform legal compliance testing.
  • Audit financial statements.
  • Analyze transactions and financial activity.
  • Test accuracy and determine data integrity.
  • Document audit evidence in work papers.
  • Draft audit findings.

New staff auditors will participate in OLA’s Government Auditors Program. OLA has designed this program to guide new staff auditors through their first 12 months as an auditor. Through this program, auditors learn to conduct audits of diverse and complex government agencies and programs. Their audit assignments will rotate through key state agencies where they will learn about common financial cycles, such as revenue, payroll, purchasing, contracting, and grants.

The Government Auditors Program includes:

  • Training and experience using basic audit skills, like interviewing and data analysis.
  • Guidance by experienced audit supervisors.
  • Conducting audits of diverse and complex government agencies and programs.
  • Presentations by government leaders about the value of public service and insights into important issues facing government today.

Up to five (5) positions may be filled.  The applicant pool established from this job posting may be used to fill all positions.  The Legislative Auditor will determine the starting salary for staff auditors based on the appointee’s qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications
To be considered, a candidate must have any of the following from an accredited college or university:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration, Business Management, or Marketing;
  • Master’s degree in a degree listed above; or
  • CPA

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be further evaluated based on the following:

  • Knowledge of accounting and auditing principles as evidenced by academic coursework or related work experience.
  • Knowledge of personal computers, including knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheet and database applications/software, internet browser and search tools, and e-mail.
  • Human relations, communication skills necessary to deal with coworkers and other state agency staff in a professional and effective manner, including the ability to write clearly and concisely on complex topics.
  • Problem-solving skills and organizational/planning skills necessary to independently perform the duties of the position.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • Training or experience in critically analyzing legal compliance requirements, including laws, federal regulations, and state rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Training or experience with data analysis and sampling techniques.
  • Training or experience collecting information through interviews and written inquiries.
  • Proficiency in writing clear and concise reports on complex and technical issues.
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of state government and the legislative process.
  • Experience obtaining and handling sensitive information.

Additional Requirements
Background checks will be conducted prior to any employment offer.  Personal integrity is an essential qualification to work at the OLA, and certain violations of ethical or legal standards relevant to being an auditor at the OLA may disqualify an applicant.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Why Work for Us
MEANINGFUL WORK!  OLA looks out for the citizens of our state to make sure the government uses their money prudently and in compliance with the law.  OLA also looks out for the interests of the State Legislature and the federal government to make sure their programs are operated efficiently and effectively.

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE!  The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.  Additionally, OLA offers flexible work schedules and the ability to telecommute. 

How to Apply
Interested applicants must apply through the state’s Careers website and must submit (via e-mail to Shelly.Gilb@state.mn.us) the supplemental materials listed below. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

Supplemental Materials
Send the following supplemental materials via e-mail to Shelly.Gilb@state.mn.us by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Contact information for at least three professional and/or academic references (provide type of reference and context of the relationship, along with a phone number and an
    e-mail address);
  3. Your up-to-date transcript for each college attended (can be either official or unofficial and shows courses taken and grades received; credits earned; GPA; major(s) and minor(s); and degree(s) attained); and
  4. Well-written response to the following essay question.  Your response should be between 400 and 600 words.
    1. What motivates you to want a career with the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA)?

Based on the strength of the resume and supplemental materials, OLA will invite applicants to an in-person interview.

Staff Auditor – Job ID 14700  (Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017)

Contact for More Information
If you have job-specific questions, contact either Tracy Gebhard (Tracy.Gebhard@state.mn.us or 651-296-0038) or Lori Leysen (Lori.Leysen@state.mn.us or 651-297-2639).  For benefits-related questions, contact Shelly Gilb (Shelly.Gilb@state.mn.us or 651-296-1730).



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