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Audit Supervisor

Salary: $38.42-$46.90 hourly / $6,682-$8,157 monthly / Range: 6648

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, conducts and participates in financial, compliance, and business improvement audits performed by the Internal Audit Division of the Auditor-Controller's Office; provides supervision, training, and quality control for, and oversees fieldwork of, Accountant-Auditors; completes special projects and performs related duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Audit Supervisor is distinguished from the class of Accountant-Auditor III in that the former class has oversight and review responsibilities for ongoing audit fieldwork and reporting, whereas an Accountant-Auditor III may serve as lead staff while working on an individual audit, conducts fieldwork, and drafts original reports. Audit Supervisor is further distinguished from the class of Audit Manager in that the Audit Manager is responsible for the overall management of the division and the annual audit plan and approves findings and final reports.


  1. Conducts and participates in financial audits, compliance audits, and business improvement audits for County agencies, departments, and districts. Provides supervision, training, and quality control and oversees fieldwork for Accountant-Auditors performing audits of County activities and finances. Participates in special projects that require audit or accounting expertise.
  2. Participates in the development of the annual audit plan. Develops individual audit programs under the general supervision of the Audit Manager. Participates in assigning staff and budgeting hours for audits; tracks the progress of audits; provides technical assistance to auditors in compiling, drafting, and completing audits and audit reports.
  3. Coordinates with management, accountants, and staff of various departments or districts to obtain information necessary for internal auditing staff to conduct their audits; participates in audit entrance and exit conferences; coordinates with County's independent auditors, providing them necessary staff and assistance to perform the audit of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
  4. Participates in hiring, training, and evaluating staff; reviews audit work papers and draft reports of staff, identifying the need for improvements or corrections as necessary; assists staff with technical requirements and problems that arise in the course of their audits.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a Certified Public Accountant's Certificate recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, or possession of a Certified Internal Auditor Certificate and:

  1. three years of professional experience in financial auditing, including at least one year of lead worker experience; or,
  2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Accountant-Auditor III in the Internal Auditing Division of Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Knowledge of: Generally Accepted Auditing Standards; Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; audit application techniques, such as sampling and flow charting; internal control systems; governmental accounting and budgeting; contract administration; principles of organizational development and management theory; principles of training and supervision; report writing.

Ability to: review work of, evaluate, and manage performance of a professional staff; allocate, coordinate, and assign resources; analyze information to make recommendations for improvement of processes and systems; establish accounting and control methods, procedures, and systems; provide training and direction to a professional staff; establish and maintain working relationships with superiors, subordinates, departmental management, and outside organizations; apply policy and legal requirements; operate a computer.

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