Washington State Assistant State Auditor 1, 2, 3 (candidate pool) in Washington


The State Auditor's Office offers a chance for you to make a difference in how government operates. It's an excellent opportunity for innovators capable of critical thinking. It's your chance to join us in the search for new ideas to ensure our audits are relevant and provide value to the governments we audit. It's a career in which you can take pride in the work you do and the services we perform for the citizens of Washington State.

SAO also offers a rare opportunity to work in a government environment that is high profile but also even paced. While we have high expectations for the depth and quality of work, we are also able to manage our project schedules to sustain a healthy work / life balance.

To learn more about our agency, the work we do, and the opportunities here for you, visit our website at http://www.sao.wa.gov/.


Assistant State Auditor 1 This is the first level of our in-training program for staff with little audit experience. The Office provides classes, on-the-job training time, and work product review and feedback to assist new auditors in gaining skills to move to the next level. Most work is completed in the field at the governmental entity, with employees working in teams.

Assistant State Auditor 2 In this second level of our in-training program, auditors continue to build upon the experience they gained through work as an Assistant State Auditor 1, our Internship program, or comparable work at another organization. At this level, employees may to be assigned opportunities to plan and conduct audits under the guidance of their supervisor.

Assistant State Auditor 3 This is the journey level of our Assistant State Auditor series. Staff at this level are responsible for planning and conducting risk-based financial & legal compliance, audits of Washington State agencies and local governments. They may also perform special investigations pertaining to citizen concerns and/or frauds. Journey level auditors review the work and provide mentoring to in-training level staff.


Successful Assistant State Auditors come from many backgrounds. We emphasize strong communication skills, the ability to build effective working relationships, excellent time management skills, and a strong desire for professional development.

Assistant State Auditor 1 – Requires a Bachelor's degree, which includes 10 semester hours or 15 quarter hours in accounting coursework.

Assistant State Auditor 2 – Requires a Bachelor's degree, which includes 10 semester hours or 15 quarter hours in accounting coursework and one year of professional experience in auditing, accounting, finance, banking, investigation or two years of other related professional level work experience.

Assistant State Auditor 3 – Requires a Bachelor's degree, which includes 10 semester hours or 15 quarter hours in accounting coursework and two years of professional experience in auditing, accounting, finance, banking, investigation that includes at least one year of audit experience.

Supplemental Information

Benefits of Working for the State of Washington and the State Auditor's Office (SAO)

As a full-time State employee you accrue vacation (12-22 days per year) and sick leave (1 day per month). Full-time employees are entitled to 11 paid holidays. You and your family members are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. As a new employee you will have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs to enroll in. We also offer paid training programs, flexible schedules and shared commuter options.

As a Washington State employee you will also enjoy other benefits and discounts from various companies. Here are a few:

  • WGU Washington is proud to offer a special discount for Washington state employees. As a Washington state employee, you are entitled to a 5 percent discount on our already affordable tuition rates for your first two terms!
  • Discounts on phone services through Verizon, AT&T; and Sprint.
  • Ability to take advantage of the Home Use Program, allowing you to get selected Microsoft software at a reduced price. Application Process:

*This recruitment will be used to establish a pool of Assistant State Auditor candidates. Eligible candidates will remain in the pool for three (3) months and referred to our hiring managers as openings occur. *

To be considered, applicants must submit a completed application and provide complete responses on the supplemental questionnaire. Incomplete responses will result in disqualification of your application.

Degrees awarded outside the United States must include a credential evaluation report.

If you are a US Veteran and would like to apply for Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of Form DD214 military record showing honorable discharge.

Questions may be directed to the applications unit at applicationsunit@sao.wa.gov.

The Office of the Washington State Auditor is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or testing process, or who need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 725-5367 or via the telecommunications relay service by dialing 7-1-1.

Salary: $2,984.00 - $5,920.00 Monthly

Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Auditor's Office

Job Number: 2016-04698

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov