Friday, August 14, 2020

Senior Auditor

Recruitment #19-0144-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended. Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted. Applications will only be accepted on-line.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.




The Alameda County Auditor-Controller Agency is a general government agency which provides direct services to County residents as well as administrative and operational support to County departments. The department has approximately 200 full-time employees and an estimated budget of $29.5 million. The Agency develops and maintains the County’s accounting, payroll, audit, tax analysis, budget and grants, contract compliance, and cost plan systems and procedures. The Central Collections Department collects receivables mandated by State and federal laws and regulations. The Office of the Clerk-Recorder provides for the recording of all recordable documents and maps, collection and distribution of fees and taxes from recording documents, and maintenance of the vital statistics register. For more information about the Alameda County Auditor-Controller Agency, please visit the departmental website.



Under general direction, performs varied professional auditing, accounting and/or compliance assignments; records financial transactions and reports related information in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and County policies and procedures; conducts audits in compliance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS); reviews accounting methods and practices of County departments, Specialist Districts and County contractors; prepared complex financial, accounting and analytical reports; acts as a lead or performs the more complex auditing, accounting and/or compliance assignments requiring highly specialized knowledge; and performs related work as required.

This class is located in the Auditor-Controller Agency and is the journey-level class in the professional auditor series. Incumbents in this class perform professional auditing, accounting and/or compliance work relating to the County and its operations. Auditor incumbents are eligible to promote into this classification after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications of the Senior Auditor level, with flexible staffing promotions made according to policies and procedures approved by the Human Resource Services Department. Incumbents in the Senior Auditor class have a greater degree of independent responsibility than that assigned to Auditors and work independently to perform the most complex auditing assignments, lead audit teams, or may be given lead responsibilities for paraprofessional and clerical staff in the Auditor-Controller Agency. This class is further distinguished from those in the Supervising Auditor series in that the latter have full supervisory responsibilities for the daily operations of a section or subsection of the Auditor-Controller Agency.

Please CLICK HERE for the full Senior Auditor job specification/description.



The equivalent of one year of full-time experience as an Auditor in the Alameda County classified service.


Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (180 quarter units or 120 semester units). Concentration in accounting, business administration, finance or closely related field is desired.


The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in a professional position involving the exercise of auditing or accounting duties or closely related field.


The equivalent of five years of recent full-time experience in a professional position involving the exercise of auditing or accounting duties or closely related field.


Any combination of education from an accredited college or university and relevant experience as described above in patterns II and III.


Some positions within this class may require the possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.


Possession of one or more of the following certifications is desirable:

• Active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) issued by California Board of Accountancy or other state’s equivalent
• Active Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
• Active Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
• Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) issued by the American Payroll Association
• Fundamental Payroll Professional (FCP) issued by the American Payroll Association
Special Requirements:

Employees may be required to provide their own means of transportation to and from work assignments.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge, skills and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), including theory, terminology and methods of application to a wide variety of accounting transactions and problems, including governmental fund accounting
• Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), including theory and practices for commercial and governmental agencies
• Technical and statistical report writing and formatting
• Methods of preparing, evaluating and interpreting financial statements and transactions
• Principles of implementing and maintaining internal controls
• Computer applications related to the work, including advanced computer spreadsheet, word processing, electronic work paper and financial management, payroll and accounting systems
• Advanced analytical tools including triangulation of data, statistical analysis, etc.
• Applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and court decisions governing financial operations of a County and its departments
• Project management techniques and systems
• English language (including spelling, vocabulary, sentence and paragraph structure) to prepare grammatically correct reports, letters and other written communications

Ability to:

• Properly apply GAAP in recording financial transactions and reporting financial results, and GAGAS in conducing audits
• Accurately record financial transactions, compile financial and operational reports
• Determine the audit objectives, scope, resources and procedures necessary for an audit assignment. Effectively lead an audit team to complete an audit on time and within budget in accordance GAGAS
• Effectively audit a variety of internal documents, procedures and reports
• Review, analyze, balance, interpret and reconcile financial reports and transactions; make recommendations as necessary
• Identify deficiencies in fiscal controls or noncompliance with established accounting policies and procedures and applicable laws and regulations; recommend modifications to enhance internal controls
• Analyze, evaluate and summarize simple to complex financial and statistical data and prepare recommendations; translate financial accounting information into a cohesive and comprehensive profile for an organization
• Use electronic work papers to document, organize, and support results that meet audit objectives in accordance with professional audit standards and industry practices; maintain accurate and complete records and files
• Effectively prioritize work and resources in order to meet deadlines and plan work for maximum productivity
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing technical, financial and statistical accounting information, reports and correspondence to clients and the general public
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, representatives from other governmental entities, departments/agencies and the public
• Work independently, as well as in a team
• Verbally express ideas, concepts or recommendations concerning job assignments with staff, agencies and the public; facilitate productive communication by using tact and diplomacy
• Be proactive in analyzing issues and developing solutions to improve processes and procedures
• Read and understand technical accounting information
• Plan, schedule, assign and evaluate the work of others through clear and concise instructions
• Adapt to changing work situations
• Lead staff and interdisciplinary work groups
• Exercise sound decision making, judgment, and initiative
• Utilize advanced computer systems and applications; including financial management, auditing, electronic work paper, and accounting software


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:

February 10, 2020

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

February 14, 2020

Review of Applications for Best Qualified:

February 14, 2020

Oral Examination:

Week of March 9, 2020


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their

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Sam Gee, Human Resources Division Manager
Human Resource Services Department, County of Alameda

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer