Series established May 4, 1993
This series specification describes two Auditor Specialist classifications used within the Bureau of State Audits in conducting audits of computerized records and in assisting and advising the Bureau in developing and applying electronic data processing technology.
Auditor Specialists within the Bureau of State Audits function as experts in�developing and applying audit applications to electronic data processing procedures and participate in and conduct audits of automated functions; evaluate auditee's electronic data processing controls; develop audit applications for mainframe computers using a wide range of State agency data bases and files; prepare written electronic data processing audit reports; advise on�audit questions requiring electronic data processing expertise; provide recommendations concerning the implementation of computer programs and the continuing operation of the Bureau's in-house automation program; provide training courses for Bureau personnel in the use of software and other computer applications.
Entry into this series is typically at the Auditor, Bureau of State Audits, classification.
Independence of actions and decisions; consequence of error; supervision received; complexity and sensitivity of assignments; and type of contacts.
This is the first journey level in the series. Under general supervision, incumbents audit small electronic data processing systems and evaluate whether data from a large or complex electronic data processing system is reliable. Incumbents assist in developing, acquiring and maintaining the Bureau's in-house automated system.
This is the advanced journey level in the series. Under direction, incumbents perform the full range of electronic data processing audit functions, including the most difficult programming tasks in the most complex electronic data processing and audit environments. Incumbents also act as consultants to nonspecialist auditors in addressing automated systems audit needs. Incumbents at this level develop and conduct training courses for nonspecialist auditors and develop automated systems for the Bureau's in-house needs.
Equivalent to graduation from college. (Registration as a senior student in a recognized institution will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation or its equivalent before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)
One year of experience in California state service performing professional auditing in the Bureau of State Audits at a level equivalent to Auditor, Bureau of State Audits, Range B.
Three years of increasingly responsible experience performing professional auditing with at least 18 months' experience in electronic data processing auditing and automated systems programming and analysis. Experience must have included the preparation of written audit reports and the presentation of recommendations to management. (Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must be performing the duties of a class at a level of responsibility equivalent to Auditor, Bureau of State Audits, for at least one year.)
Two years of experience in California state service performing professional electronic data processing auditing in the Bureau of State Audits at a level equivalent to Auditor Specialist I, Bureau of State Audits (Electronic Data Processing).
Broad and extensive (more than five years) of increasingly responsible experience performing professional auditing including at least three years' experience in electronic data processing auditing and programming systems analysis. Experience must also have involved the preparation of written audit reports and the presentation of recommendations to management. Electronic data processing audit work must have included experience with large or complex electronic data processing systems. (Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must be performing the duties of a class at a level of responsibility equivalent to Auditor Specialist I, Bureau of State Audits, for a period of at least two years.)
Knowledge of: General accounting and auditing principles and procedures; principles and practices of organizational management including planning, organizing, accounting, auditing, and quantitative analysis methods; research and information gathering techniques; basic principles and practices of descriptive and inferential statistics; operations, procedures, functions and work standards of the office; computer source languages such as Assembly, FORTRAN, COBOL, Rpg, and Basic; job control language, utilities, and processing conventions with large data bases; report writer packages such as Culprit and/or Mark IV.
Ability to: Apply the required knowledge; clearly define audit objectives; develop approaches and methodologies to meet audit objectives; identify controversial or sensitive issues affecting the audit; plan, organize, and effectively communicate with audit teams; provide advice and instruction to staff on methods of performing various electronic data processing audits or computer-assisted testing techniques.
Knowledge of: All of the above; and the organization and management of a broad range of governmental entities.
Ability to: Apply the required knowledge; plan, organize, and effectively communicate with office management and audit teams; effectively contribute to forming and revising office policy and procedures involving electronic data processing audits and systems; prepare and deliver formal presentations to office staff and management regarding electronic data processing audits and systems.
Willingness to travel, work away from the headquarter's office and work long and irregular hours.