Senior Internal Auditor

Recruitment #1803-SRAUDGU99-001


The County Internal Auditor serves the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) by performing independent, objective assurance and consulting activities. The County Internal Auditor is obliged to assist the BOCC in achieving economical, efficient and effective administration of its areas of responsibility. Review and evaluations are for the purpose of improving the County’s operations and helping to ensure that Hillsborough County is fulfilling its fiduciary responsibilities to the citizens and taxpayers of the County.

The County offers employee benefits such as: participation in the Florida Retirement System (FRS); participation in Deferred Compensation (457) retirement plans; disability benefits; and medical insurance. The County Internal Auditor’s full-time professional staff members also receive 10 paid holidays; 2 floating holidays; annual leave (i.e., 1-4 years: 10 days); 8 sick days; and 5 personal management leave days.


  • Possession of a valid Florida Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification. In addition, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) designation is a plus.
  • Experience using electronic work papers (AutoAudit or TeamMate) and audit management systems (Arbutus, ACL, or IDEA), and databases (i.e., Oracle).
  • Experience in data mining, SQL queries and/or ad hoc reporting.
  • Experience working on performance, operational, and/or IT audits.
  • At least three years’ of audit experience (government experience is a plus).


Works collaboratively with the County Internal Auditor to assess the adequacy of internal controls, appraising the management of resources, and/or determining compliance with procedures, contract terms, laws and regulations. Performs a wide variety of specialized audit duties requiring independent judgment and a high degree of discretion with respect to confidential and sensitive issues and documents.


A Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or public administration; and

Three years of experience as a professional auditor conforming to the Institute of Internal Auditors (Red Book) or the General Accountability Office (Yellow Book) auditing standards; and

Possession of a valid Florida Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License, a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification, or a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification in good standing.


A Master's degree in Accounting, Business Administration or Public Administration; and

Two years of experience as a professional auditor conforming to the Institute of Internal Auditors (Red Book) or the General Accountability Office (Yellow Book) auditing standards; and

Possession of a valid Florida Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License, a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification, or a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification in good standing.


  • Considerable knowledge of information technology, audit skills, and abilities.
  • Considerable knowledge of federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to the fiscal management of government agencies.
  • Considerable knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, professional auditing standards (Red Book and Yellow Book), public finance administration, and the application of internal controls.
  • Considerable knowledge of the special principles, practices and procedures of auditing with reference to public finance, governmental accounting, information technology systems, project management, business and public administration.
  • Working knowledge of the COSO and COBIT control frameworks.
  • Working knowledge of the organization and operating activities of departments and agencies assigned for audit.
  • Working knowledge of concepts related to information systems audit such as networking, computer operations, information security, e-commerce, network security, database management, program change controls, systems development methodologies, business continuity and disaster recovery.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret accounting and technical data, devise audit procedures and techniques and prepare audit reports.
  • Ability to coordinate and oversee the work of an auditing team in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
  • Ability to oversee the preparation of complete and accurate audit reports and statements, including those of a complex nature.
  • Ability to achieve the audit objectives within projected time and budget constraints while ensuring quality and exceeding client expectations.
  • Ability to determine the adequacy and effectiveness of management controls over operational activities.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in making sound auditing decisions.
  • Ability to communicate findings in a clear, concise, and objective manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to identify sensitive issues and facilitate communications in a proactive manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, municipal officials, and representatives of other governmental agencies.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software (for example, Microsoft Office Suite, electronic work papers such as AutoAudit, and data extraction and analytics such as Arbutus).


  • Translates audit policy into goals, objectives and procedures under the general direction of the Lead Internal Auditor or County Internal Auditor.
  • Assists County Internal Auditor in the preparation of the annual audit work program by identifying operational and financial areas requiring audit coverage and assessing the degree of risk inherent in the activities to be audited.
  • Plans, conducts and supervises audits of assigned organizational and functional activities in accordance with professional auditing standards as published by The Institute of Internal Auditors (Red Book) and the Government Accountability Office (Yellow Book).
  • Reviews and preliminary approves completed audit work papers and analyses for completeness of preparation and conformance with audit program guidelines and professional auditing standards.
  • Identifies and communicates issues raised, offering recommended solutions relevant to business and risk; obtains and reviews evidence ensuring audit conclusions are well-documented.
  • Ensures audit conclusions are based on complete understanding of the process, circumstances, and risk.
  • Makes oral or written presentations identifying areas of weakness or non-compliance and recommends corrective action to improve operations and/or to reduce costs.
  • Under the general direction of the Lead Internal Auditor or County Internal Auditor, attends conferences and communicates effectively with departmental officials or officials in external organizations.
  • Under the general direction of the Lead Internal Auditor or the County Internal Auditor, interacts with key management to gather information, resolve audit-related problems, and makes recommendations of business and process improvement.
  • Plans, directs, organizes and coordinates the work of subordinate professional auditors.
  • Supervises and conducts follow-up reviews of deficiencies identified during internal audits.
  • Collaborates and guides staff and management of audited departments and agencies to ensure good business practices and internal controls.
  • Conducts and/or supervises investigations of irregularities discovered by or brought to the attention of the County Internal Audit Department.
  • Keeps informed of legal opinions, rules, regulations, standards and related information pertaining to governmental operations, internal audit and information technology.
  • Assists the Lead Internal Auditor and/or County Internal Auditor in the development of comprehensive audit programs for assigned areas of audit, in conformance with applicable audit standards as well as department plans, budgets and schedules.
  • Participates in decisions relating to changes in auditing policies and procedures.
  • Modifies and revises standard audit program guides and holds meetings with team members to discuss audit policies and procedures or to further train new personnel.
  • Leads or performs special projects and consulting services as needed.
  • Performs, under the general direction of the Lead Internal Auditor or County Internal Auditor, complete audits.
  • Facilitates creation, organization, communications, and update of County Internal Audit governance documents.
  • Provides analytical and diagnostic advice to the County Internal Auditor to solve county-wide audit issues.
  • Participates in meetings with the County Internal Auditor, officials, and senior management.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


VETERANS' PREFERENCE: The Civil Service Board and its client agencies value the service veterans and their family members have given to our country and support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses. Therefore, special consideration and priority in appointment will be given to veteran preference-eligible applicants (as described in Section 295.07, F.S.) throughout each step of the selection process.

The applicant claiming veterans' preference is responsible for providing required documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference.  This documentation may be provided at the time of application submission. Documentation can easily be provided to us electronically through this online application system (preferred), but can also be provided to us by email, fax, or USPS. However, in ALL cases, required documentation must be provided to us prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Applicants that meet the minimum job requirements and qualify for Veterans’ Preference who believe they have not been afforded employment preference in accordance with applicable Florida law, may file a written complaint requesting an investigation with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Division of Benefits and Assistance, 9500 Bay Pines Blvd, Room 214, St. Petersburg, Florida 33708. The complaint must be filed within 60 calendar days from the date the applicant receives notice that s/he was not selected.  Prior to filing a complaint, however, it is the responsibility of the preference-eligible applicant to contact the employer at least one time after 45 days have passed from the final date for submitting an application or the interview date, whichever is later in time, if the applicant has not received notice of a hiring decision.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit the Civil Service Board website by clicking here.

DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE: The employers of Hillsborough County have implemented a drug-free workplace and all offers of employment are conditioned on job applicants successfully passing a drug test.

RESPONSE/RECOVERY ACTIVITIES: Employees may be required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to a major emergency or natural disasters affecting County operations. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees may be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities.


Hillsborough County provides equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors.

AMERICANS with DISABILITIES ACT (ADA):  Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

APPLICANTS RIGHTS UNDER FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAWS:  Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Poster;  Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Poster; and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) Poster.