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Information Technology Audit Director

Agency Overview
The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) is a nonpartisan professional office in Minnesota state government.  OLA audits and evaluates state agencies and programs, identifies their strengths and weaknesses, and recommends improvements to legislators and agency officials.

Job Summary
The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) has an employment opportunity for a Director of Information Technology Audits.

This high-visibility position will actively monitor and report on the development and implementation of major business systems, including the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS). It will also oversee technology-related audit work done at all government entities within the jurisdiction of the OLA. Example entities include Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) and the executive branch agencies that MNIT serves. This position will also oversee IT audit work done at entities outside the executive branch, such as higher education institutions, the Metropolitan Council, and the judicial branch of government.

This position will be responsible for building a new IT audit function from the ground up. The immediate goal will be to develop a small, but highly technical and experienced team of IT audit professionals. The IT Audit Director will be expected to regularly address legislative committees to discuss the status of major system development projects, including development projects that have failed or are not producing the intended results for state agencies and citizens. The IT Audit Director will also be expected to testify to the legislature about other complex and extremely controversial issues, including cybersecurity deficiencies in government systems.

Key Duties

  • Planning and execution of complex technology-related audits of government entities.
  • Managing a dedicated team of audit professionals.
  • Fostering relationships with government entity leaders and legislative committees.
  • Serving as a member of the Financial Audit Division’s Leadership Team.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field.
  • Expertise in JAVA and .NET software development.
  • Proven ability to oversee the planning and execution of complex technology-related projects, typically multiple projects occurring simultaneously.
  • Proven ability to clearly and concisely communicate complex and technical issues, both verbally and through written reports.
  • Proven ability to supervise staff.
  • Deep understanding of information technology management and governance.
  • Deep understanding of Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) service delivery processes.
  • Deep understanding of core technology disciplines and the effective deployment of those disciplines in extremely large organizations.
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in computer science or a related field.
  • Experience working with legislative bodies and testifying before committees.
  • Knowledge of data practice regulatory requirements and experience handling sensitive information.
  • Experience working in an audit organization.

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 submit a cover letter with their resume through the state’s Careers website.  You may do this by uploading them together as a single file attachment, or uploading the cover letter separately from the resume.  If you are unable to apply online or need help, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

IT Audit Director - Job ID 21894  (Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018.)

If you have job-specific questions, contact Chris Buse at Chris.Buse@state.mn.us or 651-297-2507.
For benefits-related questions, contact Shelly Gilb at Shelly.Gilb@state.mn.us or 651-296-1730.

More Information

Office of the Legislative Auditor ♦ Room 140, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155