Auditor I

City of Berkeley , California

Job Information 


City Auditor

Entry Level


$36.61 - $43.21 Hourly

Application Deadline 


08/03/2020 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Berkeley has an immediate opening for Auditor I with our Performance Audit team! 
The eligible list resulting from this recruitment will be used to fill vacancies for both Performance Audit Diivision and Payroll Audit Division.

The Berkeley City Auditor's Office with the City of Berkeley provides independent oversight of City operations. Our mission is to promote transparency and accountability in Berkeley 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 add value by providing reliable information and practical recommendations for improvement. The City Auditor's Office also provides oversight of citywide payroll processing and operations.

The Auditor I in the Performance Audit Division conducts performance audits of City departments and contractors, and performs work under supervision related to analyzing City policies, operations, and will become familiar with the variety of departmental systems and practices. Auditors are expected to conduct research, gather data, conduct quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, develop audit documents, draft clear and convincing reports, and collaboate with others.  As experience is gained, duties become more diversified and are performed under more general supervision.

For additional information see the attached brochure.

Performance Audit
Staff in Performance Audit conduct analysis and 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.  Work in this division may address the adequacy of control systems, information systems issues, compliance with legislation, policies and procedures, or contractual agreements, and the accuracy and reliability data with the ultimate goal of making improvement in city operations and services for the benefit of the Berkeley community.
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 MOUs (labor agreements).
Typical duties of an 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.


 Required Qualifications:

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 a 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.

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.

 Application Process:
Applicants must submit the following:

All materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. P.S.T. on the closing date. Postmarks, faxes, and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Your application and supplemental questionnaire must be filled out completely. Resumes may be attached but are not a substitute for a completed application.

The examination process will consist of:
  1. Review of applications for minimum qualifications for the position and to ensure all materials have been submitted.
  2. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will undergo a competitive review and assessment of their supplemental questionnaire, and education/training and experience to determine the best qualified applicants who will advance to the oral examination.
  3. Oral Examination (Interview) - Applicants passing the competitive review and assessment will be invited to participate in the oral examination tentatively scheduled for the week of  August 17, 2020 or the week of August 24, 2020.The examination will cover elements of the knowledge and abilities identified in this announcement and/or a writing exercise using a laptop computer
Applicants passing all testing phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that will be used to fill vacant positions as they occur. 

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.

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 Department of Human Resources | (510) 981-6800| |  2180 Milvia Street, 1st Floor, Berkeley CA 94704.

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: (510) 981-6300 | TTY: (510) 981-6347| and allow 7-10 days for production of the material in an alternative format.
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.

The City of Berkeley is an EEO/ADA Employer


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