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Auditor II - Controller's Office (1684)

Recruitment: RTF0128924-01122727

Published: November 19, 2022


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Department: Controller
Job class: 1684-Auditor II
Salary range: $112,268.00 - $136,526.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Class Based Test
Rule: Rule of 3 What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance


1684 Auditor II

This is a Citywide Exam - Class Based Testing (CBT)

The Controller is the City’s chief financial officer. Our team includes financial, technology, analytical and other professionals who work hard to secure the City’s financial integrity and promote efficient, effective and accountable government. We hold ourselves to high standards and strive to be a model for good government. We value the diverse backgrounds, perspectives and lived experiences of our teams and clients in everything we do. We work in a collaborative and inclusive environment, promote equal opportunity, and invest in the professional development and wellbeing of our team members. You can expect to work alongside colleagues who are committed to serving the public with integrity and want to see positive impacts from their work. We are looking for smart, motivated individuals who want to make a difference and use government to play a role in solving our City’s problems, including addressing long-standing and harmful disparities in our communities. For a career with purpose and professional growth, join us in the Controller’s Office.

Specific information regarding this recruitment process are listed below:

  • Application Opening: 11/18/2022
  • Application Deadline: 12/8/2022
  • Compensation Range: $112,268 to $136,526 annually

City Services Auditor (CSA) - Audits
The City Services Auditor (CSA) includes two divisions—the Audits Division and the City Performance Division. The Audits Division is the City’s internal auditor, providing performance, financial, and compliance auditing and managing the City’s Whistleblower program.

The Office of the Controller’s mission is to ensure the City and County of San Francisco’s financial integrity and promote efficient, effective and accountable government. Its vision is to be a model for good government and to make the City a better place. The City Services Auditor has actively and successfully assisted the Controller in fulfilling its mission by providing best in class audit services that assist City leadership in making strategic decisions to improve the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of government services. In recent years, the Audits Division has:

  • Received national awards from the Association of Local Government Auditors recognizing the quality of the Division’s audit reports and the impact the audits have had to improve city programs and services.
  • Passed (without deficiencies) three consecutive triennial peer reviews, which are required by Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards.
  • Issued hundreds of audit recommendations, with an average citywide recommendation implementation rate of over 90 percent.
  • Developed and successfully implemented mission-critical audit programs, including those related to citywide public integrity, construction and capital programs, IT and cybersecurity auditing, and various citywide key business processes.
  • Successfully managed a highly-regarded Whistleblower Program that now receives, investigates, and/or refers over 500 reports per year, and, on an average, sustains about 20 to 30 percent of them.

The City’s 1996 Charter designates the Controller as the chief accounting officer and auditor for the City and County.  The City and County has a budget of over $9 billion of which two-tenths of one-percent is annually legislatively mandated to the City Services Auditor.  To fulfill his role as the City Auditor, the Controller designates his audit authority to the Director of City Services Auditor and together they fulfill these legislative mandates as a condition of his audit authority by:

  • Reporting on the level and effectiveness of San Francisco's public services and compare the City to other public agencies;

Conducting performance and financial audits of City departments, contractors, and functions; and

Running a whistleblower complaints hotline and website and investigate reports of waste, fraud and abuse of City resources

Role description

Under general supervision, incumbents in this position plan, organize, and conduct various types of audits for the City and County of San Francisco.  Our award-winning City Services Auditors work with governmental agencies, vendors, contractors, and other parties that do business with the City and County of San Francisco.  In a fast-paced and team-oriented environment, our auditors engage in performance, financial, forensic, compliance, investigative, and information technology audits, program evaluations, and other analytical activities to ensure efficient, effective, and accountable government and to support informed policy decisions.  This position may lead portions of an audit and provide on-the-job training and evaluation feedback. Essential duties for this job include, but are not limited to:


  • Audits and investigates a variety of programs, functions, processes, and activities within city departments and contracts to evaluate efficiency, effectiveness, economy, and compliance elements. Identifies and evaluates internal controls.
  • Conducts fieldwork testing, including collecting, analyzing, and documenting audit evidence as it relates to the audit objectives.
  • Performs data reliability testing on data sets provided by audited entities in conformance with industry standards.
  • Develops audit findings and recommendations that are fully supported by analysis.
  • Conducts audit follow-up activities.
  • Performs all assignments in accordance with the office policies and/or Government Auditing Standards, as appropriate.


  • Scopes audit, including researching legal mandates and other background information, determining needs of key stakeholders, and identifying potential sources of evidence.
  • Performs risk assessments to determine audit scope and objectives for different projects of all levels of complexity.
  • Develops audit scope and objectives with limited or no prior audit information, and prepares detailed audit programs to conduct testing, detailed budgets, and milestones.  


  • Interviews management and staff of audited entities to obtain key information as it relates to the audit objectives.
  • Plans, organizes, and conducts audit entrance and exit conferences and periodic meetings with department management to inform them of audit progress and results.
  • Prepares presentations and may present audit results to a variety of audiences including department management and public hearings.
  • Prepares written audit reports that effectively and concisely communicate audit results.
  • Critically reads audit reports and provides feedback on persuasiveness, clarity, consistency, style, and grammar.  


  • Maintains close contact with the audit manager and/or director regarding project progress and problems.
  • Reviews team members' work for completeness, technical accuracy, organization, content, tone, grammatical accuracy, and compliance with audit standards.
  • Provides on-the-job training and evaluation feedback to team members and Auditor I’s.
  • Actively contributes to team effort and takes a lead role in planning, conducting, and completing large, complex audits, or portions thereof.  
  • Performs other duties as needed, including: providing input into the annual audit work plan to identify audit risks and priorities; maintaining the appropriate level of confidentiality and sensitivity; recommending and/or developing operational changes for the City Services Auditor division; maintaining professional proficiency through continuing professional education and participation in professional associations; may receive, enter and investigate complaints for the whistleblower program; may construct records and data that may have been destroyed or falsified; may participate in the IT risk assessment and development of the IT audit plan program for the division and lead and execute IT audits, including testing internal IT controls, for a variety of departments and agencies; may develop scope work for an monitor audit and assessment contracts; and  performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

How to qualify

Education:Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in business or public administration, accounting, finance, statistics, the social sciences, English, or a related field.

Experience: Two (2) years of verifiable professional auditing experience or related analytical experience; functional understanding of local government operations; knowledge of government auditing standards and auditing principles and practices.

Substitution: A master’s degree in business or public administration, accounting, finance, statistics, or a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

·         Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

·         All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Selection Procedures:

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine the applicants’ qualifications. Only those applicants whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.

After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Preliminary Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying) Candidates will be required to complete a questionnaire as part of the employment application. This questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications. 

Supplemental Examination (Weight: 100%)
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be emailed a Supplemental Questionnaire. The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.  All candidates’ responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire are subject to verification. All relevant experience, education and/or training must be included in the responses in order to be reviewed in the rating process.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

What else should I know?

Eligible List/Score Report: A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 6 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Ter Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at .] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at ms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:


Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

  • Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.