Post Date: 06/17/2019
Close Date: 07/19/2019
Performance auditors are curious, analytical public servants who are driven to improve City government for those who pay for and count on it. The City Auditor is seeking a Performance Auditor I to join the Audit Services Division.
This entry-level position assists in analyzing the performance and management of City operations and recommending changes to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and equity of services. Performance audits enhance the accountability of City spending and management decision-making.
The Audit Services Division is a team of nine Performance Auditors and a Director. The Division reports to the elected City Auditor, who is independent of the Mayor and City Commissioners. This structure is critical to ensuring audit work is accountable only to the Auditor and the public.
Responsibilities of the Performance Auditor I include:
Assisting in planning and carrying out performance audits and analyses of City activities, including in the police, fire, parks, transportation, and utility bureaus;
Defining and applying study methodologies including comparative research, interviews, surveys, and data analysis;
Developing reliable and factual conclusions and recommendations; and
Ensuring findings, conclusions, and recommendations are supported and aligned with project objectives.
There is no college degree specific to performance auditing – we are looking for a curious person who wants to expand their skills and deepen their knowledge of city government. We are committed to developing a strong audit organization by building a diverse and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We recognize that there may be great candidates who don't immediately have all the skills described below – apply anyway and tell us how your background and experience might fit this position.
Benefits of working for the City of Portland:
The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and short-term and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance, and employee assistance program coverage are available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family. The City of Portland also participates in PERS (the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System).
Three documents are required for a complete application: a cover letter, a resume, and a brief writing sample. The content of each is described below.
List professional and volunteer experience; education and training; and the time periods for each. If you speak more than one language or have specialized skills, please list those.
Describe how you meet the following minimum qualifications, which are required to be successful in this position. If you are unsure if you meet a requirement, describe how you can develop your knowledge and abilities to meet it within one year. It is advised that you use the numbered list below to ensure you respond to each item. Where possible, connect items in your resume to these requirements.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration, public policy, journalism, program evaluation or related field.
Knowledge of basic principles, practices, and methods of research and analysis; tools and techniques of project planning and management; research methods and statistical sampling techniques; quantitative and qualitative analysis; public administration.
Ability to collect, evaluate, and interpret a broad range of data, either in electronic, written, statistical, or narrative form; perform complex analyses of financial, budgetary, operational, and organizational issues; evaluate alternatives and reach logical and fact-based conclusions and recommendations.
Ability to use City-specific technology and general office software, including statistical, spreadsheet, and database software to maintain data and conduct analyses.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; present conclusions and recommendations clearly, logically, and persuasively to diverse audiences; prepare concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence, and other documents appropriate to the audience.
Ability to exercise initiative and sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with managers and staff, elected officials, representatives of other government agencies, and others.
In addition to the cover letter and resume, please submit a written statement describing your experience or participation with diverse groups, exposure to equity issues and any actions to resolve them, and steps to make public or work spaces inclusive. Experiences may include, but are not limited to the following:
experiences as a member of a historically underrepresented group in government decision-making;
experience living, working with and/or interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities;
experience ensuring equitable and inclusive workplace operations and program outcomes.
If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this position.