As a school district performance auditor, you’ll be part of a team that serves the people of Arizona by providing independent assessments and recommendations that promote accountability and efficiency at Arizona school districts. School district auditors work with school districts of all sizes, types, and locations around the State—from small rural districts with fewer than 10 students to large urban districts with over 40,000 students. They develop strong working relationships with district personnel by getting to know their processes, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. You could also be part of the team that produces the annual State-wide report analyzing school district spending at both the State and individual district levels or part of a team conducting special studies requested by the Legislature. Come join our team and make a positive difference!
Your team will help you conduct performance audits of school districts and special studies related to educational finance and operations. Our audits provide the Legislature and the citizens of Arizona with information on the use of public monies and identify best practices or make recommendations to the school districts to improve operations. Through research, interviews, and analysis, you will gather information, help identify areas of inquiry, and perform audit procedures to obtain evidence that will help you prepare well-documented working papers and formulate findings and appropriate recommendations in compliance with government auditing standards. In addition, you will draft written audit findings and verbally communicate work results to team members and school district staff.
All of our positions are in-person. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, employees might be given the option to telecommute.
The ideal applicant will have one of the following:
- A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field emphasizing analytical skills, research, and data organization, such as Accounting, Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, or Public Policy, and a minimum 3.0 GPA in your major or field or study.
- A degree in another field and at least 1 year of experience in performance auditing, program evaluation, financial auditing, or related experience.
In addition, candidates should possess the following:
- Strong research abilities and verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to synthesize audit evidence to reach conclusions.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with coworkers and school district staff professionally and ethically.
- Strong organization and time management skills.
- Working knowledge of Windows, spreadsheets, and database software.
- Willingness to travel out of town during the week approximately 5 to 10 percent of the time. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented safety protocols for our team members to follow to help ensure their and district personnel’s safety.
The Arizona Auditor General offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
• Generous paid time off, 10 paid holidays per year, and paid sick leave.
• Health, dental, and vision insurance.
• Retirement plan with 100% employer match.
• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.
• Optional short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance.
• Flexible work schedules, including telecommuting options.
• Business casual dress code.
• Continuing education and path to advancement.
Depending on your experience, you could be hired as either a:
School District Auditor I:
$50,000 (Bachelor’s degree)
$53,000 (Master’s degree, CPA certification, or 150 Board of Accountancy qualifying credit hours)
School District Auditor II:
$53,800 (Bachelor’s degree)
$56,800 (Master’s degree, CPA certification, or 150 Board of Accountancy qualifying credit hours)