Recruitment #2305-5106-002


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed historic charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.


The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to put your professional auditing and supervisory experience to work in this rewarding position heading up the City of Milwaukee’s Internal Audit Division! Lead a team of auditors engaged in analyzing and making recommendations to resolve complex issues facing the City. Achieve greater work-life balance, and enjoy serving in a position requiring only occasional work-related travel.


The Audit Manager directs the Internal Audit function for the City of Milwaukee. This function is responsible for conducting a program of independent reviews and appraisals of City operations. This program provides information on the condition of City activities at all levels and forms the basis for taking actions needed to improve operations. Internal Audit is also responsible for systematically reviewing and appraising financial statements and transactions and for evaluating internal controls.

Essential Functions

Internal Audit Division Management

  • Direct the Internal Audit Division’s daily activities, including managing efficient and effective internal audits of City of Milwaukee departments by providing on-the-job training to auditors and providing added supervision in complex new audits.
  • Guide auditors’ career development, and ensure that they meet their continuing professional education requirements.
  • Oversee the operations of the Fraud hotline.
  • Lead and supervise auditors, support staff, and consultants, including assigning duties, monitoring work in progress, appraising performance, and making hiring recommendations.

Strategic Planning

  • Develop a strategic audit plan for the current and upcoming year by performing risk assessments, determining audit feasibility from various citywide requests of elected officials and department heads and other such identified risks that may be present within the City, and taking into consideration compliance and statutorily-required audits per City ordinance.

Quality Control and Compliance

  • Design and implement all audits to comply with City audit policies and procedures.
  • Formulate and formalize City audit policy with updates as necessary and ensure that audit policies comply with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS, also known as Yellow Book standards) and that final audit reports are written in compliance with GAGAS.
  • Periodically monitor audit policies and procedures to ensure quality control and compliance to GAGAS.

Audit Oversight

  • Create and coordinate audit plans and activities with departments, bureaus, boards, and commission heads.
  • Review audit scopes, objectives, and plans and testing procedures planned for individual audits as each audit is executed.
  • Guide audit staff through audits to ensure quality audit work product, solid teamwork through audits, and development for individual auditors.
  • Aid in handling complex issues; facilitate communication, including attending important meetings; and deal with other issues that may arise throughout audit to ensure proper audit completion and quality work product for project.
  • Monitor completion of each audit project and final audit work product.
  • Review final audit recommendations, and attend exit conferences to facilitate proper communication between auditee and audit team.
  • Review completed audit report with accompanying audit responses from department for appropriateness.
  • Issue and sign final audit report, properly distribute to interested parties, and finally, provide to appropriate bodies or committees for final presentation.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be able to work beyond standard business hours occasionally to meet departmental needs.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s Degree with a major in accounting, business administration, finance, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Five years of progressively responsible professional auditing experience gained in a professional internal auditor or external auditor position, performing financial, compliance, operational, and/or performance auditing, including two years of supervisory experience.
  3. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) within one year of appointment and throughout employment. Completion of either certification is a condition of passing probation.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Public sector auditing experience and working knowledge of Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Broad understanding of municipal government policies, procedures, and underlying internal controls.
  • Knowledge of auditing guidelines, professional standards, and best practices, especially those unique to government, and including the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Internal Control-Integrated Framework.
  • Sound auditing skills, including the ability to evaluate internal controls, programs, and functions for effectiveness, efficiency, and compliance with laws, regulations, and policies; to make recommendations for improvement; and to develop well-written, well-documented audit reports.
  • Knowledge of financial accounting and reporting processes and practices, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Knowledge of the capabilities of information technology (IT) and data processing systems to streamline operations, as well as knowledge of the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT) framework for IT management and governance.
  • Proficiency using office productivity and enterprise software.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex technical, financial, and legal documents.
  • Knowledge of mathematics and the ability to make accurate calculations.

Leadership and Planning

  • Leadership, supervisory, and training skills: ability to assign duties, set performance standards, provide guidance and training, monitor work in progress, evaluate performance, and make hiring recommendations.
  • Ability to hire and manage outside consultants for special projects and audits.
  • Ability to employ innovative approaches to meeting and resolving assignments and critical issues.
  • Skill in performing strategic planning, project management, and risk assessment.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work to achieve objectives within deadlines.
  • Flexibility to adjust to changing situations.

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Superior written communication skills: ability to write in a clear, accurate, and organized manner.
  • Effective verbal communication and presentation skills; ability to clearly convey information one-on-one and before groups in a fair and impartial manner.
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport and maintain open lines of communication with department heads, board and commission members, and other City managers, elected officials, fellow staff, direct reports, consultants, and outside parties.
  • Customer focus and a dedication to exceptional service delivery.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with people whose backgrounds may differ from one's own.
  • Ability to foster an environment of inclusion wherein all employees are treated respectfully, are valued for their strengths, and feel that they can safely express themselves.

Critical Thinking and Professionalism

  • Ability to analyze and solve complicated problems.
  • Decision-making skills and sound judgment.
  • Ability to perform well under pressure, maintain professional judgment, and withstand possible attempts to influence audit proceedings.
  • Ability to represent the department with the utmost professionalism, credibility, honesty, and integrity.
  • Ability to comply with all applicable legal requirements as well as to maintain confidentiality and information security.
  • Commitment to professional development and staying abreast of best practices in governmental auditing.

Current Salary

The current salary range (Pay Range 1JX) is $102,938-$117,177 annually and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $106,027-$120,692 annually. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.


BENEFITS: The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of education, experience and/or responses to supplemental questions; a written or performance test; a structured interview; or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to structured interviews and performance examinations. Structured interviews may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.


INITIAL FILING DATE - The selection process will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the selection process components. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative selection process dates or times. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting
  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.