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Washington State Performance Auditor in Olympia, Washington


The office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO) offers a chance to make a difference in how government operates. Our staff comes from a variety of professional backgrounds. We work in a collaborative manner with intelligent, creative and supportive colleagues. We value innovators and creative thinking. We continue to look for new ideas to ensure our audits are relevant and provide value to the clients we serve. We take pride in the services we perform for the government and for the citizens of Washington State.

Performance auditors independently examine the performance, impact, and management of government programs and policies. Auditors are expected to be proficient in conducting program evaluations and management reviews, demonstrate strong writing and presentation skills, and develop substantive knowledge of Washington State government programs and policies. While we have high expectations for the depth and quality of work, we are also able to manage our project schedules to sustain a healthy work/life balance.


The Role of a Performance Auditor

SAO's performance auditors evaluate a variety of government agencies, programs, and policies at the forefront of public policy. As a result of the variety of our audits, and the relevancy, staff have broad exposure to policymakers and executives throughout state and local government. Auditors serve on a team and may also manage contractors for portions of their assigned work. SAO performance auditors assist, develop, lead and conduct independent performance audits. Because this work is demanding, time bound and important, auditors must have superior time and project management skills. Performance auditors frequently have a particular expertise in a functional area such as data processing, quantitative analysis, fiscal management and related areas.


Successful Candidate Profile

SAO is seeking candidates who are able to:

  • Persistently and inquisitively probe with professional skepticism
  • Identify appropriate methods to gather information needed to answer audit objectives
  • Accurately summarize important themes or patterns in qualitative data
  • Identify relevant patterns or outliers in quantitative data
  • Prepare accurate, logical and organized work papers
  • Synthesize audit evidence into work paper conclusions and complex audit findings
  • Identify and fully develop the elements of an audit finding
  • Effectively conduct and accurately document interviews
  • Use data tools to conduct quantitative analysis on data sets
  • Assess the reliability of data sets for audit analysis
  • Prepare clear and convincing audit reports , audit proposals, audit scoping memos and other audit documentation
  • Produce timely work that satisfied project deadlines
  • Successfully handle an appropriate workload of audit tasks
  • Make meaningful contributions to team discussions and work products throughout the audit
  • Work well with others in a cooperative and professional manner
  • Develop recommendations that improve performance, provide cost savings, and increase accountability
  • Obtain a functional understanding of public administration and government
  • Effectively communicate verbally and in writing with a variety of audiences, including colleagues, audited agencies and the public

Associate Performance Auditor (APA): This is an entry-level position in the Performance Audit Division. Under the guidance of an audit supervisor, the APA assists with the less complicated sections of program and policy audits by researching and analyzing:

  • Applicable laws and regulations
  • Applicable studies, audits and agency self-assessments
  • Program data, survey results and interview content
  • How agencies manage their programs and ways to improve that management
  • Program performance against various performance criteria

Performance Auditor 1 (PA1) - Conducts more complicated research and analysis than an Associate Performance Auditor, conducts this work rapidly and/or conducts it with less supervision.

Performance Auditor 2 (PA2) - Conducts more complicated research and analysis than a Performance Auditor 1, Conducts this work more rapidly and/or conducts it with less supervision.

Minimum Education Requirement for APA, PA1, and PA2 Positions - Bachelor's degree is required. Degree in a field applicable to analyzing government programs is strongly preferred. Preference may be given to applicants with a master's degree, with experience conducting performance audits, legislative and/or program evaluations, or research. Supplemental Information

Application Procedure: To apply, please submit:

  1. Your completed application, including detailed responses to the supplemental questions;
  2. Your letter of interest specifically addressing how you meet the qualifications listed in the announcement; and
  3. Your current resume Application review will be on-going for this recruitment. It will be to your advantage to submit materials expeditiously.

Degrees awarded outside of the United States must include a credential evaluation report.

If you are a US Veteran and would like to apply for Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of Form DD214 military record showing honorable discharge.

Questions may be directed to the applications unit at

The Office of the Washington State Auditor is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or testing process or who need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (564)999-0947 or via the telecommunications relay service by dialing 7-1-1.

Salary: $3,987.00 - $7,387.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Auditor's Office

Job Number: 2020-07386

Closing: 11/30/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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