The City of Berkeley has an immediate opening for Auditor I with our Performance Audit team!
The City Auditor's Office with the City of Berkeley provides independent oversight of City operations; its mission is to be a catalyst for improving City government. Our audits, conducted in accordance with Government Auditing Standards, provide the City Manager, City Council, and the public with objective, timely, and accurate information about City program performance. We help hold government accountable by providing reliable information and practical recommendations for improvement. The City Auditor's Office also provides oversight of citywide payroll processing and operations.
The City Auditor's Office has an immediate opening for a full-time career Auditor I. This position conducts performance audits of City departments and contractors, and performs more routine duties while learning City policies and procedures and becoming familiar with the variety of departmental systems and practices. As experience is gained, duties become more diversified and are performed under more general supervision.
The current Auditor I opening is with the Performance Audit team. The eligible list resulting from this recruitment will remain in effect for one year and will be used to fill vacancies for both Performance Audit and Payroll Audit. In order to be considered for any permanent or temporary vacancies for both teams during the next year, you must submit an employment application, resume, responses to the supplemental questionnaire prior to the application deadline, and pass all examination process.
Performance Audit Staff in Performance Audit conduct audits of City of Berkeley operations in accordance with Government Auditing Standards. Audits of City programs, contracts, and revenue may address program effectiveness, efficiency, or equity, adequacy of control systems, information systems issues, compliance with legislation, policies and procedures, or contractual agreements, and the accuracy of financial records and reports.
Payroll Audit Staff in Payroll Audit are responsible for examining and monitoring City payroll; closely monitoring for accuracy, accountability, and compliance with federal and state regulations, City policies, procedures, and (labor agreements) MOUs.
Typical duties of Auditor I may include:
Conducts routine field and departmental audits and verifications; audits of outside organizations having contractual agreements with the City;
Reviews, analyzes and verifies the accuracy of accounting and financial records and completeness against contracts, agreements or other City guidelines and documents;
Reviews and analyzes both manual and automated departmental accounting and recordkeeping practices and procedures and recommends improved operating procedures and methods of internal control;
Reviews contractor or vendor claims; reviews accounting records and tax returns of business entities for compliance with City business license tax requirements;
Tests and examines payroll records and procedures; reviews correspondence, statutes and reports associated with specific audits;
Prepares list of findings and recommendations for improvement of operational procedures and internal controls; reviews findings and recommendations with supervisor and appropriate departments and contractors;
Prepares final audit reports; follows up on recommendations and assists with implementation and evaluates progress on corrections; and
May supervise and review the work of clerical or immediate office staff assigned to perform auditing activities.
Education: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in public policy, accounting, business, finance, economics, or a closely related field, which has included data analysis or financial/accounting coursework.
For positions assigned to Performance Audit, a Master's degree in public policy, business, finance, or related field is highly desirable.
For Payroll Audit positions, 24 semester or 36 quarter units of accounting, financial analysis, or similar coursework is required and two years of payroll audit experience is highly desirable.
Up to one year of the four-year education degree can be substituted on a year-for-year basis by continuing education credits or other formal coursework, OR, up to one year of the education may be substituted for by four years of experience in payroll and benefits using payroll-related computer software, including data extraction or creating complex custom computer reports in financial analysis software.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS Must be able to travel to various locations within the City of Berkeley to meet the program needs and to fulfill the job responsibilities. When driving on City business, the incumbent is required to maintain a valid California driver's license as well as a satisfactory driving record.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of general fund and governmental accounting, including procedures, systems, financial statements and methods of reporting; Principles and practices of auditing; Principles and practices of internal control systems; Principles and practices of business computer applications, including audit controls, terminology and input/output concepts; Legal and procedural guidelines for accounting and financial transactions, recordkeeping and interpretations of contract provisions and agreements; and Requirements regarding confidentiality of information and appropriate disclosure of information.
For individuals assigned to centralized payroll, knowledge of: Payroll processing, payroll networking, payroll computer systems, employee benefits, programs and services offered by the City; Federal and State tax laws for determining the taxability of payments (income); MOUs, personnel rules and regulations, payroll related administrative regulations, and Council resolutions.
Ability to: Prepare clear, concise and complete statistical and financial reports and other written correspondence and reports; Evaluate financial statements, accounts and reports to ensure accurate reconciliation of data and accurate financial reporting; Exercise sound independent judgment in recommending more efficient methods, systems and reporting formats; Analyze operational problems, evaluate alternatives and reach sound conclusions; Apply recognized auditing quality assurance standards to each auditing project; Review reports, contracts and financial records for accuracy, clarity, completeness and compliance with legal and procedural guidelines; Interpret contract and agreement terms, provisions and conditions; Perform comparative analyses of financial data and reports and arrive at logical conclusions and recommendations; Train staff, plan, review the work of others, and document results; Establish and maintain professional working relations with those contacted in the course of work; and Maintain confidentiality.
Applicants must submit the following: 1. CITY OF BERKELEY EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION 2. RESPONSES TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE 3. RESUME
All materials must be received in our office no later than the closing date, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Postmarks, faxes and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.
The examination process will consist of:
Review of applications for minimum qualifications for the position and to ensure all materials have been submitted.
Written Examination - Applicants possessing these requirements will advance to a written examination and may contain a computer writing exercise, tentatively scheduled for the week of April 30, 2018. The examination will cover elements of the knowledge and abilities identified in this announcement.
Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews. Hiring Department(s) will contact applicants directly if selected to participate in their hiring/selection process.
Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background / reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.
DISCLAIMER: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content. Components may include, but are not necessarily limited to, typing, math, reading, writing and analytical skills; problem solving ability; computer and software proficiency, or any other job-related knowledge, skill, ability or qualification. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.
All City employees are required to provide services as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency / disaster.
Exam Access Accommodation: In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Berkeley will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Human Resources Department | 1-510-981-6800 | firstname.lastname@example.org |2180 Milvia 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704. Requests can be made via email, phone, or in writing via U.S. mail.
Alternative Application Formats: This application material is available in alternative formats upon request. Alternative formats include audio-format, braille, large print, electronic text, etc. Please contact the ADA Coordinator, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley | Phone: 1-(510)-981-6300 | TTY: 1-(510)-981-6347| ADA@cityofberkeley.info and allow 7-10 days for production of the material in an alternative format.
The City of Berkeley is an EEO/ADA Employer.
To apply and for more information about this opening, please visit our website at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/hr/, no later than Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM (PST).
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