Posting Date:  03/25/2019
Job Title:  Internal Auditor
Salary:  77,381.28 to 103,251.60
Entity:  City of Spokane
Closing Date:  Open until filled, first review of applications on 4/15/19


Nature of Work:

Under general direction, the Internal Auditor provides direct support in management and analysis of City operations, specifically working in the areas of internal audits and process improvements for compliance with governing rules. This position oversees external and internal audits performed by subordinate staff.


Work is performed with considerable independence within the framework of general policies established by the director. Employee trains, supervises and coordinates the work and schedules of City’s Compliance/Tax Auditor positions(s).

Primary Duties

Requirements of Work:

Knowledge of:
• Thorough knowledge of professional accounting and auditing principles, techniques and procedures.
• Municipal accounting and auditing procedures and practices with special emphasis on controls.
• Federal and State laws, City ordinances and municipal code as they relate to all requirements of the job.
• Principles of supervision, training and performance feedback.

Ability to:
• Use data and information in a clear and rational process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions. Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts to draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports which require displaying and presenting statistical, graphical, and other reporting methods to audiences of varying technical sophistication.
• Effectively identify, collect, organize and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful for subsequent assessment, analysis, and investigation using current software and techniques. Compile and maintain reports, records and various other forms of pertinent information in an organized and professional manner.
• Express complex business, financial and regulatory concepts in a clear and concise language for the City Council, Mayor, City officials, staff, and the general public both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other City employees and departments, City officials and the public; understand the City’s political environment and sensitivities; and possess the ability to function effectively within that environment.
• Proficiently utilize and possess advanced skills in the current version of MS Office, specifically Excel, and quickly become proficient with the City’s specialized financial management system.

General Functions:

• Conduct fiscal compliance, operational, electronic data processing and financial audits of City departments, programs and activities as well as private companies doing business with the City through contractual agreements. Manage the audits of contracts, projects and activities required to implement the City’s internal audit function.
• Plan and conduct audits to provide information to improve program operations and facilitate decision-making to ensure public accountability; monitors implementation of audit recommendations to ensure corrective actions are taken.

Examples of Work:

• Works within the Finance Division to evaluate and analyze the City’s business activities, including advising the highest levels of management, elected and other parties to advance the City’s strategic business objectives by determining: the reliability and integrity of financial and operational information; the adequacy of internal controls; the efficiency and effectiveness of City programs and services; whether operations are in compliance with applicable policies, procedures, laws and regulations; City resources are adequately safeguarded against loss, waste and abuse; if results of operations and programs are consistent with established objectives and goals; and to recommend cost-efficient improvements in all of the above areas.
• Provide analytical and expert advice and consultation to all levels of city management regarding the development, implementation, and administration of citywide programs or projects in compliance with applicable policies, procedures, laws and adequate internal controls.
• Perform risk assessments over significant transaction cycles, process and methods to improve internal controls or gain efficiencies.
• Inspects physical facilities and records and conducts extensive interviews in performing audits. Prepares reports, audits, and work papers which present essential facts supporting auditor’s reasoning in arriving at audit decisions.
• Makes periodic examinations of all departments and divisions to determine legal status of transactions and compliance with policies.
• Communicates with City and other agencies, officials, about audit/financial processes and results; provides oral briefings, recommendations and progress reports to management and City Council.
• Serves as a liaison on Annual Accountability Audit Report and fraud matters with State Auditor’s Office.


Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

Work is conducted primarily in an office setting. It also involves frequent attendance at meetings include some irregular hours and potentially out-of-town travel. This position frequently requires work in excess of 40 hours. Incumbents in this classification are expected to communicate verbally, in person, and by telephone. A computer terminal is used and this requires the use of repetitive arm­hand movements. The incumbent must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Minimum Qualifications:

Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities, is qualifying. Generally this would include:
• Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in accounting or related field AND seven (7) years of professional experience in auditing, including a minimum of two (2) years of supervisory audit experience. A CPA license may substitute for two years of the audit experience requirement.
• A valid driver’s license or otherwise demonstrated ability to get to and from multiple work locations is required.

Preference given for the following areas: active CPA license and public accounting experience; experience in municipal government; demonstrated ability and understanding of the legislative process and the substantive experience working in a political environment.

Behavioral Standards:

As an exempt employee of the City of Spokane, the Internal Auditor is subject to the City’s code of Ethics set forth in Chapter 1.04A of the Spokane municipal Code. As such, “It is the policy of the City of Spokane to uphold, promote and demand the highest standards of ethics from all of its employees shall maintain the utmost standards of responsibility, trustworthiness, integrity, truthfulness, honesty and fairness in carrying out their public duties, avoid any improprieties in their roles as public servants including the appearance of impropriety, and never use their City position, authority or resources for personal gain.”

Contact Information

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and exempt application (which can be found on our website: to Greg Kinyon, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., 4th Floor City Hall, Spokane, WA 99201 or Fax: (509) 625-6379.


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