Internal Auditor

City of Madison, WI

Job Details

  • Job Function: Analyst
  • Salary: $61,900 - $80,753.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 233,209
  • Website:
  • Where: Rm 403n210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Madison, WI
  • Form of Government: Mayor-Council

Post Date: Jan 9 2018

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Internal Auditor
City of Madison, Wisconsin
The City of Madison Finance Department is seeking candidates for an Internal Auditor. This exciting opportunity will allow the incumbent to build a rigorous internal audit program that will include both financial and performance audit components. We are seeking a professional who is focused on innovative local government management, committed to the highest levels of ethical behavior and driven to help foster top-notch and inclusive services in an equitable manner and at an exceptional value to citizens. This is a highly autonomous role on our team providing the incumbent with opportunities to offer recommendations and implement changes pertaining to the City’s internal audit program.
General Position Description
The individual selected for this position will have the opportunity to build and oversee an internal audit program that focuses on strong internal controls, fraud detection and mitigation, and program evaluation to gauge the success of City services. Key responsibilities will include:
• Develop, test, and implement an annual audit work plans related to internal auditing for the City.
• Plan, supervise, and perform internal audits to assess effectiveness of the City’s adopted internal controls.
• Manage and conduct investigations and studies to establish internal controls for fraud mitigation.
• Oversee the execution of the City’s annual Report on Federal and State Awards outlining the City’s grant activities for the reporting year.
• Recommend outcomes to resolve issues that arise during the City’s annual audit.
• Serve as the liaison to the City’s external auditors.
• Present annual works plans and all findings, including corrective actions, to the City’s Finance Committee.
• Research, analyze and correctly apply applicable laws, OMB circulars, contracts, and entity specific policies as it pertains to State and Federal grant awards.
• Conduct trainings for City staff pertaining to internal controls and proper grant management procedures.
• Oversee management of the City’s cost allocation model.

Preferred Qualifications
The successful candidate for this position will have two to four years of experience in performing professional financial audits. Specific skills for the position include:
• A degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, Economics, Statistics, Public Administration, or related field.
• Thorough knowledge of professional accounting and internal and/or external auditing theory as well as thorough knowledge of auditing standards and practices.
• Thorough knowledge of various accounting systems and their applicability to municipal financial operations.
• Knowledge of municipal legal and political environments, and municipal operations. Ability to apply accounting theory to a wide variety of operations problems, analyze comprehensive financial statements and reports, and perform financial and management audits.
• Ability to work with various accounting/financial systems and/or database applications.
• The preferred candidate will hold a CPA or CIA.

Members on our team are expected to:
• Support and promote collaborative efforts to achieve mission requirements;
• Promote teamwork;
• Communicate openly and candidly;
• Promote the use of data and analytics as a key component of organizational decision-making and process improvement;
• Participate fully in discussions;
• Employ techniques for problem solving and decision making; and
• Ensure that the principles of equal opportunity are properly observed.

Our Organization
Although our primary mission is providing financial oversight and budget development for the City, the Finance Department is evolving itself to integrate work across a series of innovative initiatives that are intended to strengthen the City’s fiscal condition and lead to better results for Madison’s citizens. The individual selected for this position will have the opportunity to participate in the development of some of these exciting initiatives, including:

Racial Equity & Social Justice: Launched in the fall of 2013, the initiative focuses on eliminating racial and social inequities in municipal government by implementing strategies in three main areas: Equity in City policies and budgets; Equity in City operations; and Equity in the community. As a member of the Budget and Program Evaluation team you will be involved in incorporating these concepts into Madison’s budget process.
What Works Cities: In October 2016 Madison was selected as a What Works City. As a participating city, Madison is part of a cohort of 77 mid-sized cities working to use data in a way that improves the lives of their residents. The Finance Department is coordinating the work of the initiative that is currently working to enhance the City’s open data program and developing a performance management framework to leverage data in the decision making process.
Data & Innovation: As a member of our team you will play a role in the City’s efforts to harness data as an asset in the decision making process. This position will weigh in on the team’s program evaluation efforts and offer recommendations related to the data management program.

About Madison
Consistently ranked one of the best places to live in America, Madison offers all the amenities of a large city without all the hassle. Not only is Madison the state capital and home to the state flagship university, it is a thriving city that invests in talent, research, jobs, and culture. Nestled between two lakes, with a total of five lakes within the city’s vicinity, Madison is a naturally beautiful city with a variety of outdoor activities for every season. The city facilitates a range of cultural events year-round and takes advantage of its many parks for art, food, and musical festivals.

Applications are due on or before January 30, 2018. Applicants must apply online at: This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled, however the first review of applications is expected to occur on or near January 11, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and referred for interviews weekly.

For more information about this position, please contact:
Laura Larsen
Budget and Program Evaluation Manager
Phone: (608) 267-4913