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Financial Auditor (Auditor Evaluator I)

Who Are We?

Californians turn to us because our reports create a catalyst for positive change. With billions of dollars in federal funding on the line, determining if California's financial statements are presented fairly is critical work. Each year our staff ensures California can receive funding that supports infrastructure, schools, and other public services. People trust what we say because our reports are unbiased and originate from an objective evaluation of the evidence we collect. We use that evidence to develop recommendations that help those in power make the best decisions for the people they serve.

Why Should You Join Us?

  • You want to make a difference for Californians and future generations, and make sure California government is effectively serving its people.
  • You want to work in a professional environment and be a part of a team of intelligent colleagues doing meaningful work.
  • You are interested in financial auditing and analysis and want to help bring transparency to California government for tax payers.
  • You desire a starting annual salary $65,472 - $71,052 (Bachelor's degree) or $71,052 - $93,432 (Advanced degree).
  • You desire a comprehensive benefits package which includes 40+ hours of annual PTO, mental health benefits, and flexible telework options.

What Will You Do?

As a Financial Auditor (Auditor Evaluator I), you will work on one of the largest financial audits in the world. Financial Auditors ensure California's multi-billion dollar financial statements are fairly stated by analyzing financial data, assessing controls over financial reporting, and evaluating risks. This work is necessary for California to receive billions in federal funds each year that impact schools and other public services.
Additionally, Financial Auditors communicate extensively with government officials and colleagues, understand laws and best practices, collect and analyze evidence, trend and visualize data, thoroughly and accurately document their analyses, and work with teams to develop final public reports.

Who Are You?

  • You can follow our core values of integrity, commitment, and leadership.
  • You either are interested in obtaining, or possess, a valid certificate (an attest license) as a Certified Public Accountant in California.
  • You have knowledge of accounting principles and an interest in/experience working with financial data.
  • You are a self-starter with a sense of purpose and are able to work in an independent nonpartisan office by approaching questions objectively without bias.
  • You are able to think critically and synthesize data and information into logical, meaningful, and concise conclusions that will inform sound recommendations.
  • You are able to develop positive working relationships with teammates and other colleagues.
  • You are able to self-reflect and respond to feedback in a positive and constructive manner.
  • You are willing to occasionally work long or irregular hours to get the job done.
  • You have a Bachelor's Degree or higher, preferably in a field related to Accounting or Business Administration (registered college seniors can begin the process but must graduate before starting).
  • You either reside within, or are willing to relocate to the state of California.
  • Minimum qualifications: You must have a Bachelor's Degree or higher (registered college seniors can begin the process but must graduate before starting). This is an entry-level position, and no prior experience, specific coursework, or certification is required. Qualified candidates must take our online eligibility exam in order to apply.

How Do I Join?

The California State Auditor is part of the merit-based California civil service selection system. To complete this process, you must do the following:

  • Create a profile on our website
  • Upload your resume and take our exam by December 28 at 12pm.
  • Log into your profile, get your results, and enter the hiring process by December 30.
  • If your exam score is high enough, we will contact you with the next steps of the hiring process.

Current or former state employees with transfer eligibility may submit their application through their CalCareer account at you are not a state employee, or your state classification is not eligible to transfer, you must take the exam to be considered for the position.

To take the exam, create a profile and upload your resume on our website to apply. Failure to submit the required documentation may result in disqualification from the hiring process.

We anticipate having new employees join our team in Spring 2023. We plan on conducting an additional recruitment for this position immediately following this recruitment with a cut-off date in late January.

The Fine Print:

The office has a hybrid telework program that allows employees to work from home when their work is conducive to a telework environment. All employees of the California State Auditor's Office must be/become and remain California state residents while working for our office. All work authorizations that do not require employer sponsorship are accepted. To see additional working conditions, review the job bulletin on the CalCareers website.
Any applicant receiving a conditional job offer will be subject to a background check, fingerprinting and an inquiry to the California Department of Justice to disclose criminal records prior to appointment. State Auditor's Office employees are excluded from collective bargaining. The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation. It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free state work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the state, the rules governing civil service and the special trust placed in public servants.