Internal Audit Supervisor

County of Santa Barbara

The County of Santa Barbara is seeking an individual with demonstrated professional audit experience. The current vacancy is in the Auditor-Controller Office in Santa Barbara, California. However, due to COVID-19, this position is primarily remote.

Under the guidance of the Internal Audit Chief, the Internal Audit Supervisor will lead the functional operations for the Internal Audit Division. In addition to technical competence and professional internal audit experience, we are seeking qualified candidates who strive to develop a customer service culture built on collaboration and partnership, oversee a staff of entry level and experienced audit professionals, exhibit excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrate political savvy, and have the capacity to assist with building up our internal audit division. This is a great opportunity for an experienced audit professional who is a results oriented, career-focused, engaging leader, with a desire to effect positive change across an organization.

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Examples of Duties
  1. Conducts and participates in financial, compliance, and business improvement audits for County agencies, departments, and districts. Provides supervision, guidance, training, and quality control for the activity of staff Accountant-Auditors performing audits of County activities and finances. Participates in special projects that require audit or accounting expertise.
  2. Facilitates and administers the development of the annual audit plan, and under the supervision of the Audit Manager, the overall assurance and consulting services provided by the Division, including audit reports and open and unresolved management action items related to audit report finding.
  3. Facilitates the development of individual audit engagement programs to be performed by Accountant-Auditors. The Audit Supervisor assigns staff and budgeting hours for audit engagements and projects, facilitates the development of, and reviews audit engagement risk assessments, objectives and work programs, fieldwork, observations, and draft reports to ensure reasonableness and compliance the internal audit standards, tracks the progress of audits to ensure audits are performed within budgeted hours; provides technical assistance to auditors in compiling, drafting, and completing audits and audit reports.
  4. Coordinates with management, accountants, and staff of various departments or districts to obtain information necessary for internal auditing staff to conduct their audits; participates in audit entrance and exit conferences; coordinates with County's independent auditors, providing them necessary staff and assistance to perform the audit of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Participates in hiring, training, and evaluating staff.
Employment Standards
Possession of a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Management, Information Technology, Operations Research, Systems/Process Engineering, or directly related; including possession of a Certified Public Accountant's Certificate OR a Certified Internal Auditor Certificate and:
  1. Minimum of three years of professional experience in internal or external auditing, including at least two years of supervisory or lead worker experience; or,
  2. Minimum of two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Accountant-Auditor III in the Internal Auditing Division of Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Qualifications:  Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.
Knowledge of:  Generally Accepted Auditing Standards; Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; audit application techniques, such as sampling and flow charting; internal control systems and best practice frameworks; governmental accounting and budgeting; contract administration; principles of organizational development and management theory; principles of training and supervision; report writing; and knowledge of information systems and computer assisted auditing techniques
Ability to:  Plan, prioritize and multitask; review work of, evaluate, and manage performance of a professional staff; allocate, coordinate, and assign resources; analyze information to make recommendations for improvement of processes and systems; establish accounting and control methods, procedures, and systems; provide training and direction to a professional staff; establish and maintain productive working relationships with superiors, subordinates, departmental management, and outside organizations; apply policy and legal requirements; operate a computer. 

Supplemental Information
  • Application and Supplemental Question Review - Review all applications and supplemental questionnaires to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Application Ranking. Applicants that meet the employment standards will have their applications evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by the information provided on their application that demonstrates the skillset outlined in the ideal candidate section of the job brochure. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than eleven qualified candidates.
Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the application ranking assessment to be placed on an employment list.  An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months.   At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.
Conditional Job Offer:  Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks. Appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination.  The appointee must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.

Recruiters will communicate with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution.
BENEFITS: For more information on County benefits, please visit here. In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:
  • Retirement reciprocity  
  • Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate
APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, submit an application and supplemental questionnaire by Tuesday, April 6, 2021 by 4:59 PM PST; postmarks not accepted. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at  

For additional information about this position, please contact: Collin Graham, Senior Employment Analyst,