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Lead Internal Auditor
Office of the Auditor-Controller
County of Santa Barbara, California
Annual Salary: $97,846 – $117,939 DOE/DOQ*

*This position is eligible for a 5% CPA allowance

The County of Santa Barbara, Office of the Auditor-Controller, seeks a Lead Internal Auditor (Classification: Financial Accounting Analyst) to join the Internal Audit Division. The Auditor-Controller’s Office is one of the most innovative, efficient, and effective departments in local government, making this an exciting opportunity to learn and grow with the County. This role reports to the Internal Audit Supervisor and works on a wide range of engagements across the County’s many departments. This position is a great opportunity for an experienced auditor with excellent communication skills and a professional demeanor in challenging situations, who desires a rewarding career in public service — where your job makes a difference. If this all sounds like a good fit to you, apply today!

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The Lead Internal Auditor will have the opportunity to work on a large spectrum of audits and engagements throughout 24 distinct departments in the County. They may assist, oversee, or conduct special projects, risk-based assurance and consulting services (i.e. financial, operational, compliance, and IT), assess the effectiveness of internal controls, recommend cost-saving improvements to processes, and provide other related engagements, including investigations support, while also providing guidance and leadership to less experienced staff. This position requires writing reports based on audit findings and making recommendations.

The ideal candidate will come to us with auditing experience which includes an understanding of internal controls and the ability to identify weaknesses in them. They have strong interpersonal skills, as this role frequently requires the incumbent to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other County departments and staff, share audit findings, and handle challenging situations with tact. The ideal candidate should be able to draft clear and concise audit reports. They will possess strong analytical and problem-solving abilities and be naturally curious and eager to identify better processes and innovative solutions.


A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed below and that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities, which typically includes:

·         Three years of progressively responsible professional experience in accounting and financial operations that included at least one year of experience analyzing the impact of legislation or regulations and establishing and implementing operational compliance procedures.


·         Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Management, or a related field.

·         Possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

·         Governmental accounting or auditing experience.

Annual Salary: $97,846 – $117,939 DOE/DOQ | This position is eligible for a 5% CPA allowance. The County also offers a generous benefits package.


1.       Employment Standards Review: Applications and supplemental questions will be reviewed to determine which applicants meet the employment standards.

2.       Application Ranking: Candidates who meet the employment standards will have their applications evaluated and scored. Candidates will be evaluated by the information provided on their application that demonstrates the skillset outlined in the ideal candidate section.

Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the application ranking 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.

Submit a completed application and supplemental questionnaire by June 6, 2023, at 4:59 PM PST; Postmarks are not accepted. Please apply online and attach a resume and cover letter at:

In-person interviews will take place on July 14th. Selected candidates must be available for this date.

This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders (SHOOs) or County policy regarding Covid-19 vaccine verification and/or testing. Please contact the hiring department for more information. Also, pursuant to Governmental code section 3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.

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