Under direction to act as crew chief in conducting financial examinations of large State agencies, governmental jurisdictions, or other entities subject to audit by the Department of Finance; or to direct a State agency's internal audit program which is relatively limited in size, scope and complexity; and to do other related work.
As a crew chief or as an independent auditor on the most difficult assignment examines accounts and records of State agencies, governmental jurisdictions, and other entities having several funds and appropriations, a variety of accounts, diverse functions, and geographical dispersion of operations or is responsible for the conduct of the internal audit program of limited scope in a State agency; determines the financial status of agencies and the legality, propriety and effectiveness of their financial, accounting, and operating practices and procedures in conformance with prescribed or recommended accounting systems and principles; reviews applicable laws, policies, and previous audit reports to acquire familiarity with agency organization, operations, and financial activities; when assigned, conducts management or constructive audits of the operations, procedures and programs of State agencies; plans and discusses with supervisor the scope of audits, possible problem areas, extent of test checking required, and personnel requirements; verifies revenues, reimbursements, expenditures, assets, liabilities, and other accounts and records to determine that financial statements accurately reflect financial conditions; examines agency operations and internal controls, follows up on previous audit recommendations, and recommends improvements in fiscal practices and procedures; when assigned, advises and assists agencies in the installation and maintenance of accounting systems and in effecting recommended changes; recommends modification of audit programs as required; supervises the preparation of working papers; supervises examiners in the conduct of audit segments and advises them on technical questions and policy matters; trains examiners in specialized examining procedures; discusses preliminary recommendations with agency officials; prepares and submits to supervisor a factual report combining the comments and recommendations of examiners and summarizing audit findings; when assigned, conducts special investigations of matters pertaining to financial transactions; dictates correspondence and writes reports.
One year of experience in the California state service performing professional accounting or auditing duties of a class equivalent in level to that of State Financial Examiner II.
Three years of increasingly responsible professional accounting or auditing experience. For at least one year, this responsibility must have been at a level equivalent to conducting a variety of audits or financial examinations. (Experience in California state service applied toward this requirement must include at least one year performing the duties of a class equivalent in level to that of State Financial Examiner II.) and
1. Completion of a prescribed professional accounting curriculum given by a residence or correspondence school of accountancy including courses in elementary and advanced accounting, auditing, cost accounting, and business law. or
2. Completion at a collegiate-grade residence institution of the equivalent of sixteen semester hours of professional accounting courses, including courses in elementary and advanced accounting, auditing. and cost accounting; and three semester hours of business law.
Knowledge of: General accounting and auditing principles and procedures; governmental accounting and budgeting; uniform accounting system and the financial organization and procedures of the State of California; legislative policies, rules, regulations and policies of the Department of Finance and Central Control Agencies, as they relate to State financial activities; organization and operations of Central Control Agencies with particular reference to functions of the Department of Finance, State Controller, and State Treasurer; principles and techniques of personnel management and supervision and planning, organizing, and directing the work of others; principles and practices of public administration.
Ability to: Apply general accounting and auditing principles and procedures; apply legislative policies, rules, regulations and policies of the Department of Finance and Central Control Agencies, as they relate to State financial activities; plan, organize, and direct the work of others; supervise financial examinations of accounts and records of State agencies, governmental jurisdictions, and other entities subject to audit by the Department of Finance; make investigations of accounting and financial organizations, procedures, and problems of State agencies and other entities; analyze data and draw sound conclusions, analyze situations accurately and take effective action; prepare clear, complete, concise reports; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the work; speak and write effectively.
Ability to qualify for a fidelity bond; willingness to travel and work away from the headquarters office.