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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Financial Audit Division

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, which includes audits of (1) the financial statements for the state of Minnesota and the state’s large pension plans; (2) state agencies’ internal controls and legal compliance; (3) information technology security; and (4) allegations of financial wrong-doing.

Staff auditors conduct audits of diverse and complex government agencies and programs.  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.

Applications received from this posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies in this job class through July 12, 2021.  Starting salary is generally around $53,000; the Legislative Auditor will determine the starting salary based on the successful applicant’s qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications
To be considered, a candidate must:

  • Submit a cover letter.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in accounting (or be enrolled in the last semester)
    OR have a bachelor’s degree in business, economics, finance, or a closely related field WITH one year of government accounting or one year of auditing experience.
  • Have knowledge of accounting and auditing principles.
  • Have strong oral and written communication and organizational skills.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and other state agency staff.
  • Have computer skills, including experience using word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • Training or experience in critically analyzing financial data and 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.
  • Knowledge of state government and the legislative process.
  • Experience obtaining and handling sensitive information.

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting and successful completion of some or all parts of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam are highly desired.   

Additional Requirements

  • Cover letters and resumes/applications will be reviewed to identify applicants meeting minimum and preferred requirements.  Selected applicants will go through an interview process and will be required to submit education transcripts and employment references.  At the time of the interview, applicants may be asked to draft a written response to an essay question.
  • Background checks will be conducted prior to any employment offer.  Personal integrity is an essential qualification to work at OLA, and certain violations of ethical or legal standards relevant to being an auditor at OLA may disqualify an applicant. 
  • Applicants may be disqualified for prior partisan work experience.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without needing sponsorship for an employment visa (e.g., H1B status).

Why Work for Us
MEANINGFUL WORK!  OLA promotes accountability in state government by strengthening legislative oversight, supporting good management, and enhancing program effectiveness in state agencies. 

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 have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.  If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please e-mail your certificate to Shelly Gilb at by the position close date. 

Staff Auditor – Job ID 43163  (Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. on July 12, 2021.)

Contact for More Information
If you have job-specific questions, contact Lori Leysen at or 651-295-0118.  For benefits-related questions, contact Shelly Gilb at or 651-296-1730.