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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Financial Audit Division

Job Summary

Audit Director - The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA), Financial Audit Division, has an employment opportunity for an Audit Director.  Audit Directors supervise multiple staff and are responsible for personnel decisions and performance management.  Audit Directors are responsible for planning and executing all audit work for numerous government entities and establishing relationships with leaders of those entities.  Audit Directors serve on the Financial Audit Division Leadership Team, helping set both the strategic and tactical direction for the division as a whole.  

Key duties of the position include:

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

The salary range for an Audit Director is $40.91 to $58.71 per hour, the equivalent of $85,420 to $122,586 per year.  The Legislative Auditor will determine the starting salary (within the salary range) based on a successful applicant’s qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, a candidate must:

  • Submit a cover letter.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, economics, finance, or a closely related field. 
  • Have a demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Have a proven ability to oversee the planning and execution of complex audits, typically multiple audits occurring simultaneously.
  • Have a proven ability to clearly and concisely communicate complex and technical issues, both verbally and through written reports.
  • Have at least three years of experience directing and supervising others.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A master’s degree in accounting, business, economics, finance, or a closely related field. 
  • Licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Experience working with legislative bodies and testifying before committees.
  • Knowledge of data practice regulatory requirements and experience handling sensitive information.

Additional Requirements

  • We will review cover letters and resumes 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, we may ask applicants to respond to a writing prompt. 
  • We will conduct background checks 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.
  • Due to the nonpartisan nature of our office, applicants with extensive prior partisan work experience may be disqualified.
  • 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. 

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES!  We offer a flexible schedule Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the ability to work up to ten hours on a work day, reducing hours worked another work day.  We also offer the opportunity to regularly telecommute.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES!  We offer on-the-job training for auditors.  We also offer ongoing opportunities to develop skills through classes, seminars, and other formal training opportunities. 

GREAT BENEFITS!  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 plan (with an employer-paid match), generous vacation and sick leave, paid parental leave, and 11 paid holidays each year. 

OLA values the unique contributions that candidates with diverse experiences, knowledge, and backgrounds can bring to our work.

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 the documents as a single file attachment, or uploading the cover letter separately from the resume.  If you have questions about applying for jobs, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

Audit Director – Job ID 51132  (Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022)


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.