Principal Management Internal Auditor
San Diego Association of Governments - San Diego, CA

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SANDAG’s Internal Audit Function

The Executive Office serves as a link between the Board of Directors, who establish the overall direction and priorities for SANDAG, and the agency’s staff, who are responsible for achieving the program and project goals of the Board. The Executive Office includes key leadership positions as well as specialized departments and positions whose purview is to provide technical expertise and guidance throughout the agency as well as the Board and Policy Committees.

The internal audit function is a catalyst for helping SANDAG accomplish its objectives by using a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, governance processes, and management controls. This objective source of advice helps to showcase SANDAG’s commitment to integrity and accountability allowing the agency to continue along the path of providing valuable improvements for the San Diego region.

Principal Management Internal Auditor Role

The Principal Management Internal Auditor will organize, develop, and coordinate the internal audit function as part of SANDAG’s Executive Office. This position will assist management by conducting various audits and reviews related to agency activities, functions, and programs and provide professional recommendations for formulating policies and procedures, establishing internal management controls, and improving operational and organizational performance. The Principal Management Internal Auditor also will provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance, sometimes of a sensitive nature, to the Executive Office.

Job Responsibilities

This opportunity is ideal for an experienced auditor; someone who has extensive knowledge of and skill in applying internal auditing and accounting principles and practices, management principles, and preferred business practices. The primary responsibilities for this position include:
  • Perform and coordinate a variety of complex administrative, operational, financial, performance, and management studies and audits of agency activities, functions, services, and programs; plan, organize, monitor, integrate, and evaluate work performed by consultants.
  • Perform pre-award evaluations on consultant cost proposals, reviews of indirect/overhead cost rates, and interim and final contract cost audits and close-outs for compliance with funding agency requirements.
  • With input from Executive Management, conduct risk assessment analyses and develop and prioritize internal audit plans.
  • Meet with agency personnel to conduct audit entrance and exit conferences; prepare audit plans including detailed work plans; determine the analytical techniques and information-gathering processes required to achieve audit objectives; ensure analytical techniques are in accordance with established auditing standards.
  • Review laws, policies, best practices, regulations, contracts and previous audit reports; perform interviews of appropriate officials, representatives, and experts in field of study, and through observations of operations and activities in the field.
  • Review department processes and internal controls to ensure compliance with state and federal directives.
  • Analyze information obtained and identify issues and opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness; prepare recommendations and develop implementation plans.
  • Prepare written records of work performed and summary reports of conclusions; prepare and present written and oral presentations to the Board of Directors, Policy Advisory Committees, and other groups and agencies; explain, justify, and defend programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.
  • Identify potential performance audit areas; participate in periodic performance audit planning meetings with internal customers, consultants and stakeholders.
  • Draft reports that summarize analyses of complex management issues, discuss management weaknesses, and recommend solutions to issues or problems identified in the course of audit.
  • Contribute as an active participant in SANDAG’s management team for the development of strategic planning efforts and in addressing policy and management issues.
  • Serve as a representative of senior management on a variety of committees, working groups, and task forces; attend and participate in professional activities; stay current with new trends and innovations in the field of auditing.
  • Provide highly technical and complex assistance to agency executives.

Experience and Qualifications

Numerous factors contribute to an individual’s ability to be successful in any given role. For this position, we are searching for a candidate who is responsive, organized, detail-oriented, and is committed to providing exceptional service to management and employees. Highly-developed communication skills, an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving, and the ability to utilize sound judgment are essential to this position.

The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in public or business administration, accounting, finance, or a related field, and a minimum of seven years of professional auditing experience in the areas of administration, operations, finance, performance, or management, preferably for a public agency. Relevant professional certification (e.g. CPA, CIA, CMA) is highly desirable.

The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices and standards of governmental program auditing; knowledge of advanced principles, practices, and methods of organizational, operations, performance, and procedural analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience with the methods of organizational analysis including program evaluation, operational auditing, financial auditing, cost-benefit analysis, and organizational development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing, risk management, human resource management, public contracting, and maintenance of public records; knowledge of standard public agency methodologies and strategies used in the procurement of services; knowledge and understanding of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the requirements for a Caltrans pre-award audit; experience conducting pre-award audits for Caltrans or a similar agency is highly desirable.
  • Experience performing financial/statistical/comparative analyses; knowledge of the tools, techniques, formula, and software used for statistical analysis and data management.
  • Knowledge of practices and procedures of enterprise and governmental accounting, including cost and project accounting and methods of financial control and reporting.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, the Government Auditing Standards, and the Code of Ethics developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors; knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley principles is desirable.
  • Ability to exercise expert independent judgment within broad policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of agency goals.
  • Demonstrated project management experience; knowledge of the principles of effective project management.
  • Experience planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the work of professional, technical, and administrative support personnel.
  • Capacity to establish, maintain, and foster cooperative and collaborative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; ability to gain cooperation and consensus through discussion and persuasion.
  • Outstanding written and oral presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences; ability to prepare clear and concise administrative, technical, and informational reports.
  • Experience providing technical expertise and guidance to executives to assist with policy development in response to policy changes. Demonstrated computer software proficiency using various programs from the Microsoft Office Suite and other PC-based applications.

Salary and Benefits

SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.

The Principal Management Internal Auditor has an annual salary range of $78,962 to $126,340; the starting salary will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

Our benefits include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. To support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays. And contributions to financial security are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program.

How to Apply

We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the Employment Application but are not a substitute for this document.

The Employment Application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG Web site. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or e-mailing . Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via e-mail, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply Web page for additional information.

This position is open until filled. The first review of applications for the Principal Management Internal Auditor position will begin on Friday, March 15, 2013.

Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability should state their needs in writing when submitting an application.

Application Supplement

To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, candidates are asked to prepare a statement summarizing their knowledge and experience with each of the elements listed in the Qualifications section of this job announcement. The information can be up to three pages in length and should be submitted with the application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.

Candidate Selection and Notification

Following the first review date for applications, candidates will receive e-mail confirmation that their application has been received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the first review date. Based on this evaluation, the best qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. All candidates will receive e-mail notification as to the final outcome of their application.

Further Information

The SANDAG Web site contains a wealth of information about our various project and program areas. The Careers section of the site lists all of our current Job Openings as well as information on how to apply for positions and Frequently Asked Questions about our recruitment process.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is comprised of 18 city and county governments which serve as a forum for regional...