Colorado State Legislative Performance Auditor in Denver Metro, Colorado

Legislative Performance Auditor



Legislative Performance Auditor


Denver Metro, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Office of the State Auditor

Job Number



7/31/2017 11:59 AM Mountain

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Legislative Performance Auditor

If your career goal is to make a difference, and you are looking for a rewarding career that supports work/life balance consider joining the dedicated professionals at the State of Colorado, Office of the State Auditor (OSA). Our professional staff strives to support state government and the citizens of Colorado while providing a healthy and opportunity based work environment for our staff. If you are the successful candidate for this exciting opportunity you can expect to benefit from:

  • Central downtown location by the Capitol Building with transportation reimbursements for parking, and bicycle commuters.

  • Eco-Pass for public transportation

  • Outstanding opportunities for professional development and continued skills training

  • Limited travel required

  • Engaged and dedicated leadership

  • Excellent work-life programs including options for flexible schedules

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Life insurance options

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Short and long-term disability coverage

The Colorado Office of the State Auditor (OSA) serves as the government accountability arm for the citizens of Colorado auditing state agencies, colleges, universities, and other recipients of state funds. We are committed to promoting economical, effective, ethical, and equitable government. Our audits focus on reducing costs, improving the quality of services, and ensuring the accuracy and integrity of information. We are winners of National NLPES and NSAA awards for Excellence in Auditing and winners of the 2016 Denver Business Journal Healthiest Employer Award.

Description of Job

Legislative Performance Auditors

  • Evaluate state agencies and programs for efficient and effective operations, compliance with laws and regulations, and the accomplishment of the agencies' and programs' purposes.

  • Examine and analyze the internal controls, policies, and procedures to identify ways in which programs and agencies can better protect the State's assets, ensure the responsible use of taxpayer monies, and provide quality services to Colorado citizens.

  • Provide agencies with well thought out recommendations for improvements.

  • Report audit results and recommendations to the Legislative Audit Committee.


The OSA is looking for a full-time Legislative Performance Auditor who is passionate about improving Colorado and committed to results. We need a creative, flexible, results-oriented team player with strong analytical skills, keen investigative instincts, and exceptional communication and people skills.

In the role of Legislative Performance Auditor, you will be expected to:

  • Assist a team in gathering information about agency operations to identify audit issues and help prepare the scope document for management approval.

  • Interact with multiple levels of state government and analyze large volumes of information to conduct objective, nonpartisan evaluations of government performance, stewardship, and operations.

  • Identify findings and recommendations to improve agency operations in accordance with OSA guidelines.

Present your analysis, findings, and recommendations to agency management and the Legislative Audit Committee.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Business, Mathematics, Finance, Social Sciences, or other related professional field.

Minimum overall 3.0 GPA. Transcripts will be requested to validate GPA as a part of the recruiting process.

Preferred Qualifications in addition to Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Auditing, Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy, Finance, or related field OR certification as a CISA, CGAP or CIA.

  • Experience performing data-mining, analysis, and control testing of large information systems.

  • Experience evaluating the performance of organizations or government agencies.

Highly Desirable Experience

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of federal and state laws, rules, and regulations and the legislative process.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of government auditing standards related to financial, performance, and compliance audits.

  • Ability to derive logical conclusions from available information, using a combination of professional judgment and formal guidance, in order to determine if audit objectives have been met.

  • Ability to manage and resolve conflicts in a positive and constructive manner.

  • Ability to use sound reasoning and professional judgment to develop appropriate strategies to analyze evidence to determine agency compliance with legal requirements and identify effective and efficient processes.

  • Ability to gather and organize information to formulate and support decisions and opinions.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office software, specifically Microsoft Excel and Access.

  • Strong aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving.

  • Proven aptitude for clear and concise written and oral communication and the ability to present information and data to all levels of management.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.

  • Skills and work ethic to work independently, as well as working effectively as part of a team.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work assigned to the individual filling this position. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required. This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the OSA change.


Conditions of Employment

Must submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment background check. The Office of the State Auditor conducts background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

State employee transfer applicants must disclose any corrective actions within the last 2 years and must currently be in good standing.

Must be a Colorado resident

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action filing an appeal with the State of Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process for this position, you may view the instructions for the review/appeal process and complete the Colorado State Personnel Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form found at: . Appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date of rejection of your application or the administration of the assessment.

Supplemental Information

Application Process:

Your resume and cover letter must demonstrate that you meet the stated minimum qualifications for this position in order to be fully considered. Your application materials may be submitted electronically, which is the preferred method;

Mail OR Hand deliver resume and cover letter to: OSA Human Resources 1525 Sherman Street, 7th Floor, Denver, CO 80203 NOTE: Postmarks will not be accepted, as such, applications must be RECEIVED by no later than the posted close date.

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications online and upload the following materials no later than posted close date.

You MUST submit official or unofficial transcripts if using your degree to meet the minimum requirements

Note: Pertinent updates to your application status can be obtained by logging into your application profile, and also provided via email. Please check the email you provided on your application profile (and your junk email folders to ensure emails are not marked as spam) for correspondence.

All status updates for this position will be sent via email.

Must be a resident of the State of Colorado to apply.

Important Information: Applications are a part of the selection process and will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum entry requirements for the position. Be sure your application specifically addresses the qualifications as listed in the minimum qualifications section of the job announcement. Resumes AND Cover Letters are required for this position. Clearly document specialized work experience, skills, and accomplishments that relate to the position duties and minimum qualifications on your application/ resume. Additional pages may be attached. When transcripts, licenses, certificates, etc, are required, make sure to include them with the application. Failure to submit required information by the application deadline may result in your application not being considered for the position. Applications will be reviewed by a qualified Human Resource Professional to determine if minimum requirements are met. If your application/ resume do not demonstrate that you meet these requirements, you will not be considered for the vacancy. You will be notified of the results of the application screening via email.

The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Part or all of the assessment for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the application material to assess and rank applicants who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to the top group for additional assessment, or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.